Parents worry. It's in our nature. Even when everyone else tells us not to worry we still worry. Of the literally millions of things parents can worry about, one issue is reading. Some kids pick up reading faster than others do. Over at Today's Parent, there is a post about one thing we can do if our child is struggling to read.
If your kiddo hates reading lessons and struggles with sounding out words, there could be a physiological explanation: a hearing problem. A new study from Coventry University in England found that 25 percent of kids who had trouble reading had mild to moderate hearing impairments that parents and teachers had never picked up on.
That's a big number. Right away, we could quickly diagnose reading issues so much more quickly if we were able to catch the group that has hearing issues.
The researchers behind the study concluded that kids who have reading difficulties should be screened for hearing problems so they don’t fall behind in school. Diagnosing a hearing problem can help teachers understand the specific challenges a child faces and allow them to better tailor lessons to the student.
Bingo. Instead of a child being labeled as slow or not intelligent, teachers and parents can work on a plan to address the actual issue.
The earlier you can diagnose hearing problems in kids the better, because the sense is key to all kinds of early learning and development that kids need to undergo. If you notice issues in school or see other signs of hearing loss, talk to your child’s paediatrician.
Look, I'm not saying that hearing is the only reason that kids might be struggling. But it is a common enough issue that can be easily tested with a trip to the doctor. If nothing else, it's one issue that can be crossed off the list if it's not the cause of the problem.
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