Prevention and Correction of Reading Difficulties

Robinson, Helen M.
May 1957
Education;May1957, Vol. 77 Issue 9, p541
Academic Journal
The article determines the causes of reading difficulties and suggests prevention and correction methods among school children in the U.S. The first known cause of reading problems is vision impairment. Many children entering first-grade are far-sighted. Another visual problem which causes difficulty in reading among children is the inability to use the two eyes as a team. If teachers suspect visual problems, pupils should be referred to a vision specialist for an examination. Another factor which contributes to reading difficulty is lack of adequate hearing. In this case the child should be referred to the school nurse to determine the amount of hearing loss of pure tones. Prevention of reading difficulty related to slow development of auditory depends on: (1) appraisal of ability to discriminate sounds and (2) provision for additional instruction to build a keen awareness of the sounds that make up spoken words. To correct a difficulty of any kind, it is essential to know the child's interests, his strengths and weaknesses, his needs and goals.


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