View Full Version : 8year old with adhd and reading difficulties

10-08-09, 02:52 PM
Hi My son is in the process of being diagnosed. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about helping my son learn to read? Thanks

10-08-09, 05:09 PM
Make sure he is tested for learning dissabilities too, especially dislexia.

10-08-09, 06:50 PM
My ADHD son learned how to read by playing video games. It's kinda odd, but he really went through a reading spurt with a few games like Pokemon. Something with a lot of written dialogue.
He just also happened to get into the Magic Tree House series. Before MTH and even with other books, you could see him working so hard just to read a paragraph. I suggest getting a library card and just let him pick out what looks interesting. Even if it's above his grade level. He maybe able to at least follow along with what your reading. See which topics get him to really focus. Some books for us are a real chore, while others he slips into hyperfocus very easily.

Ms. Mango
10-08-09, 09:29 PM
Also consider having his vision checked by a developmental optometrist. Even if he has 20-20 vision there may be other problems that make it difficult for him to read. In addition to checking acuity, developmental optometrists test tracking (the ability to follow text from one side of a page to another) and binocularity (ability to use eyes in tandem).

10-09-09, 04:39 PM
For my oldest, who has an auditory processing issue, we read the BOB books that work on one set of sounds at a time and are very short.

For my youngest who refused to read and we could not find things to interest her, we let her look up cheat codes on the computer and buy game guides for her video games. She also preferred reference books to stories so we found her books on wolf and dolphins or dragons and wizards as she showed interest. She also loves anime so we got ones in japanese with english subtitles.

10-26-09, 04:52 PM
Bob books are good, but I like the Now I'm Reading Leveled readers by Nora Gaydos. Bob and NIR books maybe too low. Find out what reading level you child is on from school. Reading starts with knowing letter sound correspondence then grows from there. Children should know their sight (dolch) words as well.

I like this site for helping students learn to read. Story is first read to them as many times as they like. Then they have to read it aloud and take a quiz on what was read. Site starts with 5 page books at lowest level then progresses. Kids love it cause it has a little action as well.

If you child isn't in a reading intervention program, have your child assessed and work with reading specialist.