Does Your Child Struggle to Read?

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.

It should be presented to them as a precious gift.”

Kate DiCamillo


Is your child a struggling reader?


Is it difficult for him to make sense out of books, tests, projects, class & homework assignments- pretty much anything written? Does your child do everything the teacher asks, but still fails test after test?


Does she spend hours doing assignments, answering questions, & reading but still has no idea what she read?


As a parent, I know how frustrating this can be! You’ve done everything you can, but something is wrong. As a Reading Specialist, I know how to help! My daughter struggled with learning a foreign language. She did everything the teacher assigned, but was failing the class. This was her freshman year in high school & she was very aware that she needed at least 2 years of a language in order to get into college.


Well, we went into panic mode & took these steps:

  1. We met with the teacher -> unfortunately this did no good as she did not want to hear of our daughter’s struggles. She had over 100 other students to teach & did not have time to provide extra help.
  2. We hired a tutor & found online training for her.
  3. We met with our daughter’s guidance counselor- who was amazing! She met with our daughter & together they planned next steps.


We were lucky. Within a few weeks, our daughter improved & was on her way to learning Spanish. But most parents do not find an easy solution because their child has a much bigger problem. Struggling to read can be caused by many things from a learning disability to lack of instruction & a hundred things in between.



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No one can get through life successfully without being a good reader. Every job, doctor’s visit, email, text, & social interaction (think driving directions, road signs, & menus) require reading.


A struggling reader often has self-esteem issues because he knows everyone around him seems to read effortlessly. “There must be something wrong with me!” said more than one of my students. And the older they get, the worse the problem becomes.


In fact, a child who is still struggling read after 3rd grade has an almost 75% chance of never learning to read well (Yale University). She may struggle through the rest of elementary school, into middle school, throughout high school & into adulthood if something is not done early & often by an expert in literacy.


School Can Help?


Unfortunately, many teachers are just not trained in literacy intervention. When someone obtains a bachelor’s degree in teaching, it often doesn’t include more than one class, if any, on how to diagnosis & treat reading problems. My Master’s Degree in Reading consisted of 3 years of additional coursework beyond my undergraduate degree.


Mastering reading, writing, and the skills that come with it, does not come naturally to every child. In fact, our human brains were not designed to read. We naturally understand & use language, but learning to read means adapting part of our brains not designed for the task.  Click here for more information on this subject. (link to The Reading Brain post)


No wonder why many children find reading so difficult!


While many children learn to read without a lot of effort, others never make that leap forward. And how about those older kids whose reading difficulty was never caught, diagnosed, or addressed?


What’s a Parent To Do?


The 1st step is to find a Reading Specialist with vast experience in all areas of literacy intervention. If your child cannot read well, you need someone who’s made that journey with lots of other children & is an expert at:


  • Assessment/Diagnosis– identifying exactly what is causing the problem that goes beyond- “Your child is struggling to read”.
  • Intervention-creating interventions that increase skill & strategies abilities in a systematic way- That goes way beyond tutoring.
  • Plan of Action– you & the teacher will know exactly what needs to be done to help increase your child’s reading & writing abilities- A written plan will be researched & created just for your child that covers things you can do at home as well as ideas for the teacher.


While the classroom teacher may be well versed in reading intervention, there are many reasons why after school intervention is the better way to go:


  1. The is teacher is responsible for the other 25 children in addition to the unique needs of your child.
  2. Research shows it can take two to three years of intervention (small group or one-to-one) to raise a child’s reading ability by one school year. You can see why waiting or hiring a tutor instead of a Reading Specialist is usually not a good idea.
  3. Reading intervention should never replace daily reading instruction (Balu, Zhu Doolittle, Schiller, Jenkins, & Gersten, 2015). This will only widen the child’s literacy gap.


Tutoring vs. Reading Intervention


There is a vast difference between tutoring and reading intervention:


A tutor is usually a certified teacher who can help your child with homework or special projects.


A Reading Specialist can do what a tutor does, but much more. She will find out why your child is not reading or writing well & then design a plan of action based on the unique needs of your child. Together you build on your child’s strengths until he is no longer struggling. There are proven interventions that even help children with dyslexia.


Dog With A Bone is owned by Gail Fazio.

She has more than 30 years teaching experience as a special education teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, administrator, curriculum writer, workshop presenter, & college professor. Gail has worked with every grade level from PreK to graduate school. She understands how children learn as well as what can prevent a smart child from becoming a reader.


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Dog With A Bone incorporates the following areas into an instructional plan just for your child:

  • A personalized learning path.
  • The right level of scaffolding at the right time.
  • Systematic & cumulative instruction.
  • Multisensory activities for younger clients.
  • Ongoing assessment used to create targeted intervention.
  • Time for questions.



A service you’ll not find anywhere else is a Personalized Education Report. Designed to share with your child’s teachers, it will include suggestions on how the school staff can continue the work your child & Gail have done together. Many times, the teachers are not aware of the research-based intervention techniques Gail will incorporate into your child’s plan. Sharing these with the classroom teacher will encourage higher growth as your child will receive a “double dose” of intervention.


Gail can work with you & your child no matter where you live. Using an online platform, teaching & communication will be easy and asynchronous.




Gail was working with a high school student with dyslexia. He could not apply phonics rules, but in addition, he had an extremely low level of vocabulary. Gail instituted various approaches, which enabled the student to go from a 3rd grade reading level to an 8th grade level in 12 short months. Gail met with her student’s teachers to share what was working & why. The teachers now had a deep understanding of the child’s struggles along with additional strategies they could use in the classroom to help him be successful there & continue to make progress. Gail can also be available to your child’s teachers throughout the school year. This unique team approach is what’s best for you child, let’s make it happen!




Dog With A Bone connects with your child & his or her needs. Gail has more than 35 years experience as an educator. Kids (even teenagers) really like working with her & when they experience success, they actually ask to work with her!



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