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Summer Plans for Supporting Struggling Readers

child reading outside during the summertimeNow that summer has arrived, we know parents are looking for activities and ideas to help promote and maintain reading skills for their children and help avoid the “summer slip.”

And when activities are enjoyed, more information is retained. Here are some suggestions for helping your struggling reader get excited about reading, writing and spelling this summer:

1. Read aloud to your child. If you read my posts with any regularity, my passion for reading aloud will come as no surprise to you. Some of the most powerful and influential time you can spend with your child is reading aloud with them, and the extra time in summer (for example, road trips) is the perfect time to captivate your child with the magic of reading. In a previous blog post, I have recommendations for getting the most out of reading aloud with your child. Read more here.

To find the right books to read aloud, I suggest reading Jim Trelease’s classic, The Read-Aloud Handbook. It exposes the benefits and importance of reading aloud to children, and the last part of the Read-Aloud Handbook is an anthology of books that are powerful for reading aloud.

2. Listen to Audiobooks. Use technology to your advantage! The ability to both hear and read text improves reading skills and comprehension, especially for struggling readers, and the proof is in the results. Research shows that audiobooks result in:

  • 76% Improved Reading Comprehension
  • 67% Increased Motivation
  • 61% Improved Self-confidence
  • 60% Improved Attitude Toward Reading
  • 52% Improved Reading Accuracy

Learning Ally is an incredible source for audiobooks. From textbooks to best-selling novels, Learning Ally offers 75,000 up-to-date audiobook titles. Browse their audiobooks here.

3. Find books that are a good match for your child. Here is a list of book recommendations by the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.

4. Develop your child’s curiosity about words. Team up with your child to investigate a word a week using the word inquiry method, a scientific approach to word study that cements connections between meaning and spelling patterns. To learn how to see Pete Bower’s Lexercise Live Broadcast here.

5. Lexercise Therapy. Our list of summer suggestions for supporting struggling readers would not be complete without suggesting Lexercise Therapy! With our online treatment program, your child gets affordable help from a specially trained Clinical Educator at a time and place that is convenient for you. To read more about our Professional Therapy, click here.

If your child struggles with reading, writing, or spelling, the most important first step is a professional evaluation. No matter where you live, your child can be tested and treated individually, face-to-face, online, by the clinical educators at Lexercise. Schedule a free, 15-minute phone call here or contact us at Info@Lexercise.com or 1-919-747-4557.

Broadcast 31: The Role of Assistive Technology in Dyslexia Treatment

picture of Mary K Alexander Mary K. Alexander of Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) shared how assistive technology can help students with Dyslexia and other learning disabilities succeed in education.

Mary K. Alexander is the National Program Director for Learning Ally.  Having worked with the organization for the past eight years, she has seen the national non-profit evolve and grow.  She has a passion for assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and helping schools and states serve their students with print disabilities in the most effective manner.  Her interest is driven by her desire to make sure her youngest son, who is blind, has the best chance at a great education. Learning Ally has been a big part of his success. Mary and her husband live in North Texas with their three children.


Watch the video below to hear from Mary or click here to download the presentation for this Live Broadcast in pdf format.