Helping Struggling Readers

Studies show that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids. The good news is that with early intervention, most reading problems can be corrected. The bad news is that nearly half of all parents who notice their child having trouble reading wait a year or more before getting them help. Unfortunately, the older a child is, the more difficult it is to teach him or her to read. If a child can't read well by the end of third grade, odds are that he or she will never catch up. And the effects of falling behind and feeling like a failure can be devastating.

Early identification is crucial. Please, if you suspect a problem, don't hesitate. Learn about reading difficulties, get your child assessed, find out what you can do to help your struggling reader, and don't give up!


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U.S. Department of Education

The U. S. Department of Education provides an expansive list of reading resources for parents looking to find ways to improve their child's reading. Suggestions include activities, strategies, and recommended resources.

Lexia Learning

Lexia Reading Core5® provides personalized learning on fundamental literacy skills for students in grades pre-K - 5 and beyond. This program is accessible from your home for FREE with a sign-on provided by the library. Contact Arielle at 989-773-3242, ext. 220 or ahemingway@ to request access.

Central Michigan University Reading Clinic

Central Michigan University offers this Summer Reading Clinic for students in grades K - 8. The CMU Summer Reading Clinic offers both remedial and enrichment instruction in literacy for students. Each student will be assessed for strengths and needs in the areas of reading and writing. Instruction will then be tailored to each student's needs and interests to foster skill development as well as an interest in reading both narrative and content area materials.

The Legacy Center for Community Success

The Legacy Center turns the dream of being able to read and understand language into an obtainable reality. They provide free and confidential tutoring in reading, spelling math, and English as a Second Language so that people of all ages can reach their full potential.

DyslexiaHelp at the University of Michigan

The professionals at DyslexiaHelp take you from the first steps when you think there might be a problem; finding the right type of treatment; and knowing how to handle the later stages of dyslexia, such as transitioning your child to college.