Marco's story illustrates how a system worked for one child. Many things have changed over the past two decades, when Marco first entered school. Currently, there is a greater emphasis on early reading development and a growing recognition that when children fall behind, it's harder for them to catch up. Schools across the country have therefore established a range of programs to provide the needed supports to help children with reading difficulties succeed.
Research in recent years has also contributed to our knowledge about reading difficulties. As a result, there is now a wealth of information about reading difficulties designed specifically for parents. You can learn more about reading difficulties by exploring these helpful resources.
If you have a school-age child and you are concerned about her progress, be sure to speak to your child's teacher or principal. Also continue to make reading to your child a priority. Reading to your child daily will increase her vocabulary, knowledge of the world, and understanding of story structure. And by discussing stories with your child, you will help her develop language skills and critical thinking skills. By talking and reading to your child each day, by reading and writing yourself, and by listening to your child read to you, you can encourage a love of language and a lifelong love of reading.