A good friend of mine recently noticed that her middle child did not want to read except when absolutely necessary.

As a reading specialist, I know there are always reasons when a child says they don’t like to read.

So, I spoke with my friend’s daughter and she told me she got tired very quickly when reading, and that’s why she didn’t pick up extra books.

I told her about the complimentary Eye-Q Reading Inventory and she immediately discovered that the reason her daughter did not like to read was because it was actually painful.

She was skipping lines, would lose her place, knew a word on one page and not another, and often did not even notice the punctuation.

This reminded me of how important it is for parents to know “how” their child feels when reading, and “how” they see the printed page. You don’t want to assume that your child sees the printed page the same way you do.

Unless you ask, and take your child for a thorough learning-related vision exam, which includes more than just the regular eye exam, your child could have visual or perceptual problems that are interfering with reading and you won’t even know it.

Reading is at the very core of the learning process for most children, and if your child struggles in this area it’s up to you to get any roadblocks out of the way.

I’ve actually worked with thousands of children over the years who have been diagnosed with ADHD, when in fact, they were trying to avoid reading
since the words on the page seemed to jump around and people thought they were lazy or just not trying hard enough.

My recommendation is to rule out whether reading problems are causing some or all of your child’s ADD-ADHD symptoms.  Take the Eye-Q Reading Inventory

You might want to tape record your child reading aloud for 10-15 minutes, (something that has not been read before), and then take a look at the vision questions on the inventory.

Next, here are three recommended websites, where you can find the eye doctors who are specially trained to give comprehensive, learning related vision exams:

1. If you have an infant up to 12 months, you can get this
complimentary exam by listening to what former President Jimmy
Carter has to say about vision and learning at www.infantsee.org

2. If your child is older, go to http://www.covd.org or http://www.oep.org and find a doctor in your area who can give your child a thorough exam that is related to reading and learning.

Remember, children are born with eyesight, but not “vision” which is the ability to make meaning from what they see. There are over 20 visual and perceptual skills that your child needs in order to be a good reader, and love to read.

You have no way of knowing how the world looks through your child’s eyes until you ask.

Copyright 2011.  Pat Wyman.  All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

Pat Wyman is founder of HowToLearn.com and America’s Most Trusted Learning Expert.  She is a best selling author of Instant Learning for Amazing Grades and sends her weekly newsletter to over 250,000 people.


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