How to Help Your Child with ADHD Improve Their Reading Skills

How to Improve Reading In Your Child With ADHD

Reading can be a difficult activity for kids with ADHD since they often have trouble sitting still, staying focused and with other behaviors needed for reading. But it’s not impossible for your child to read, and certain steps can help. When you read with your child, you can help improve their ability to read in multiple ways.

Foster an Interest in Reading

Choose books on topics that pique your child’s interest, and let him choose his own books as well. If he loses interest partway through, allow him to stop instead of forcing him to continue.

Focus on the Right Issue

Needs can be different in children with ADHD, so it’s important to figure out what component(s) of reading your child is having trouble with. Does he have difficulty reading the words or figuring out what each word means? Focus your ADD reading skill-building on which part is a problem.

Talk About the Story

Instead of just reading the story together, before you start and during breaks between focused reading periods, talk to your child about what she’s reading. Point out how pictures and other cues might help convey the meaning of the story, and ask questions about what’s happening to help your child understand and follow the plot and other components.

Build Reading Skills

A lot of skills are involved in reading, so focus on those different aspects instead of solely on the reading itself. Help your child gain a better vocabulary and understanding of the sounds of words through exercises and games, and by using more words in everyday conversation.

Minimize Distractions

To help your child stay focused, get rid of as many distractions as possible that would hinder reading. Turn off electronics, and go to a peaceful place in your home that will help her focus.

If you need assistance improving your child’s reading skills, Read Smart tutors can help. Start by having your child take a free reading evaluation.

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