• Schools Must Assist Students with Reading Disabilities
  • August 23, 2010 | Author: Judith C. Saltzman
  • Law Firm: Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A. - Cleveland Office
  • Q: My child had a hard time learning the alphabet, and now he is having difficulty learning to read. What are schools supposed to be doing to teach my child to read? A: In 2000, the National Reading Panel, a group of experts convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, found that for typical children, there are five reading skills that schools must teach: Phonemic awareness (ability to distinguish and manipulate the sounds in words), phonics (the relationship between letters and sounds), fluency (ability to read accurately and quickly), vocabulary (word knowledge) and comprehension (understanding of what is read). These five essential components make up the legal definition of reading that is incorporated in the ┬┐No Child Left Behind┬┐ law, which all schools must follow.