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    Anyone have a lil one who has trouble reading? I feel like were getting better slowly but when I feel we get a step or two ahead he goes backwards again. Instead of knowing words hes sounded out and learned many times he will still have to sound it out. Like I said were slowly getting better but still not where he needs to be. Hell be 8 in March and not reading independently. My other kids grasped it fairly quick. So is there any advice from others like us?

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    Have you checked his vision?
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    No I havent

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    I would do it ASAP. His reading difficulties could be just because he can't see well. I would rule vision problems out first. It might not be obvious even to a super attentive parent because young kids can adapt amazingly well in everything, but reading print.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    What are you using?

    It sounds like he is blending, yes? He's just really slow? This is on the later end for a child who is receiving solid, continuous instruction, but not beyond the pale. Some kids are still not totally ready to be reading at this age. It's definitely within the norm. In other words, I wouldn't freak out yet.

    Still, if you've been working with him consistently, especially if you're using a good phonics program, I'll second getting his vision checked - not just by the ped, but by a vision tracking specialist. You can also consider getting him an eval for dyslexia, though I think you could wait on that a little unless you've got great insurance that'll cover a psych-ed (in which case, heck, why not, go for it).

    Not knowing what you're using, I'm not sure, but often switching things up a little is good. If your older ones were quick readers, maybe you didn't go through this, but a lot of people go through a lot of programs before they hit on the "magic" one. Also, kids who are natural readers don't tend to need much instruction once they get going. He might just need a much more intensive approach - something more like Spalding or Logic of English or All About Reading another Orton-Gillingham style program.
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    Yes, I agree. The type of eye doctor is called a "behavioral optometrist". The test is a little different than a regular eye test. Also, though, there is a book called "Better Late Than Early" by Raymond Moore and Dorothy Moore. It is good food for thought. It is hard when you have kids that got "it" early.

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    I would say that any ophthalmologist (an MD) who sees lots of kids on a regular basis would be great.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    I would also rule out eye problems. You will want an actual ophthalmologist, not just an optometrist at an eye glass place, and preferably a pediatric ophthalmologist but any ophthalmologist that sees children regularly would be better than none at all.

    After that, if there are not any vision problems, I would rule out learning disabilities. You could have the public schools do an assessment if money is an issue or you can have a private assessment but you will likely pay for it entirely out of pocket. You do not have to be enrolled in the schools for them to do an assessment for special education. You will need to go to the special education coordinator for the school district and ask for an assessment for learning disability. You will have more clout (and less issues most likely) if you can show some kind of documentation of his issues. A short (< 5 mins) video of him reading would be good. A short narrative by you of what you have done with him and what issues he is having is something else I would bring. The copies of the results of the vision testing and any other outside testing you have had done.

    If after all this, you still don't have any answers, he could just be a late bloomer. My oldest son did not read independently until he was 9. We tried every different kind of program out there. We did vision testing, we did LD testing, we tried pushing, sadly we tried punishing as if he just wasn't trying, we tried not doing anything at all for a while... nothing seemed to work. I was ready to put him in public school because I didn't know what else to do for him. His younger brother and sisters learned to read without much trouble at all, two of them before they were 5 years old and one at 6yo. I was just at a loss. Then it was like a light bulb went on one day and he was reading. He caught up to grade level quickly and soon was reading anything he wanted. By the time he went into public school when he was 13, no one could tell he had been an extremely late reader. He is graduated from high school now and serving in the military like he had wanted since he was little. It certainly caused me many sleepless nights and lots of tears when he was young but he hasn't had any ill effects from being a late reader. He still became a voracious reader when he was ready to do it.

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    Sounds like your 8 year old's a sight reader, being taught phonics. It won't work. I'm a sight reader and I NEVER sound out words. I see a word, take in the majority of letters that comprise it and say alright. Atlension is a misspelling of Attention. It looks almost identical. But at age 8, I was still being read to by my mother and only reading when I felt like it.

    Comic books, are great reading tools. For Better or For Worse, Baby Blues and a couple others that I don't remember quite as well are good choices as they're entertaining to both child and parent.

    When left to his own devices, he'll read excellently. I pride myself on being able to look at a comparable word in another romance language and being able to half the time get the meaning right.

    That's the advantage of sight reading.

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    My nephew struggled with reading when he was 8 and he struggles still, now when he is 16. He has dyslexia that went undiagnosed for years. You may want to check with an educational psychologist, just in case.

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