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Posted April 28, 2002
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Before reading Parenting a Struggling Reader, run out to your local office supply store and buy a package of post-it flags. This book is filled with great information you will want to mark and refer to again and again. Parenting a Struggling Reader takes you on a journey to help solve your child¿s difficulty with reading. Written in a very readable, informative, and practical format, questions parents ask the authors set the navigational course for the information offered in this book. Charts throughout the book highlight important information parents need to help them reach their goal and final destination--having their child be a reader. This book begins by discussing how parents need to act promptly and not wait, how to become informed about the latest research, and what are the available approaches to teaching reading. Knowledgeable informed parents are parents who know what questions to ask and where to get help for their child. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss how parents are their child¿s best advocate, how to identify the problem, and assessments used to identify children at-risk at a young age. The journey continues as Chapters 5 and 6 contain invaluable information on testing and seeking a diagnosis. In a style that is very easy to read and understand, the authors explain the different levels of testing and what tests are commonly used to assess the different aspects of reading acquisition. Chapter 7 gives concrete examples showing how to recognize effective instruction as well as an overview of the most common structured language approaches to teaching reading. Chapter 8 addresses older students who have still not learned to read or to read well. The balance between the accommodations used as well as a necessary intense remediation program is discussed. The final chapter on navigating the IEP clears the fog for parents as they journey through the IEP process. In a very clearly written style, an overview of the process is given, concrete examples of goals and objectives are shared, and practical advice about how parents can prepare for the meeting and become an important part of the team to help their child overcome his reading difficulty is clearly stated. The Appendices provide terrific recommended resources to help parents as they journey towards the land of the readers. This book is not only about completing a journey¿it is about hope for all children.
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