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When to Worry about Reading Problems

You should begin to have concerns and seek guidance from a teacher or other educational professional if your child demonstrates any of the following problems:

  • trouble learning colour names in junior kindergarten
  • trouble learning letter names in senior kindergarten
  • trouble hearing rhymes or isolating sounds in words
  • trouble blending sounds together
  • difficulty recognizing a word after having seen it many times in many different contexts
  • after sounding out a word, giving an unrelated word
  • frequent letter or number reversals by the end of Grade one, especially if there has been more than three months of practice
  • consistent omission or transposition of letters in words, for example, “gril” instead of “girl”
  • choppy, slow reading
  • a limited sight vocabulary

Virginia  Frisk, Ph.D., C. Psych