How is it that some children never get the help they need with readiness skills for reading, and remain on the outside not being able to effectively look in? In her new book, Maryanne Wolf – one of the worlds leading authorities on reading, writes the following regarding struggling readers (p. 155): “Specifically, six developmental profiles emerged that can help teachers and parents understand what each group needs and how each group learns to read best from the very start. Two of the profiles comprise children who are either average or very much above average and will need only good instruction to excel. Another group has difficulty with letters and sounds and may well come from environments where there is little exposure to the alphabet or the English language. We can redress these issues fairly straightforwardly. Some children in this group, however, may have more rare visual-based difficulties that need further testing.” (emphasis added)
And so it was for Chaim, a struggling reader whose parents dutifully did what Maryanne Wolf suggested, and took him back to the pediatric ophthalmologist who originally evaluated him. Parenthetically, this pediatric ophthalmologist has two optometrists who work in his practice. Here’s what they learned, as documented in a letter written by the pediatric ophthalmologist to Chaim’s pediatrician:
Take note of the doctor’s conclusion: “His visual acuity is excellent for reading and he does not need vision therapy, and should be able to read as well or better than other children.” (emphasis added)
How is it that some children never get the help they need with readiness skills for reading, and remain on the outside not being able to effectively look in?