But our child can read, he just cannot comprehend what he reads...
Parents thus far, who have asked for our help thought that their child "can read" and/or their child is just reading poorly or is just a slow reader and his only problem is reading comprehension, but it is not the case most of the time, unless he has the syndrome of hyperlexia.
We may assume that the problem is one of comprehension but technically, the child cannot read because he can only "read" words he has seen, therefore he might have been memorizing those words and that is NOT reading at all!
To help you solve this mystery, have your child evaluated by a psychologist, but remember not all psychologists can diagnose dyslexia, therefore ask your child psychologist if he can help you with this matter.
For the time being, you can partly solve this puzzle.
Clues for Reading Comprehension Problems
1. Ask your child to read words that he has not seen
For younger children:
Ask to read the words such as zim, caf, pud, if he cannot read these words then he cannot read. Also, most children who cannot read just associate pictures with words, so do the following tasks and ask your child to match the pictures with the correct words they represent:
show your child the picture of a dog with the following words at the bottom of the picture: dop, bog, dog, dug
show your child the picture of a car with the following words at the bottom of the picture: can, car, cap, cam
With the activities above it will also confirm if your child is just looking at the pictures to "read," if he cannot match the pictures with the right word. For example, with the picture of the car, your child pointed the word can.
For older kids:
scubber, groip, scrood, prommest, microintescular,
Difficulties with word recognition, accuracy, speed, and fluency- ALL contribute to poor reading and greatly affect reading comprehension, thus word recognition and fluency problems MUST be seriously and explicitly addressed in literacy instruction.
That is also the reason why COMPREHENSION is at the highest level and on top of the language system and phonological awareness is at the lowest level of the language system
Now you know that your child cannot read, your next step is to find a specific reading tutor to help him with his reading difficulties.
Do your 'homework' correctly, remember, you are not looking for a typical tutor even if that tutor's rate is very cheap because in the end you are just wasting your hard-earned income and you not helping your child to better himself.
Finally, you might have contacted us that your child needs our help but you do not have the resources to do so, it is for this reason that we will be offering parents other ways to help parents like you.