Intervention programs are essential for teachers who need to provide assistance to their struggling readers. With an effective approach, teachers can raise the reading, confidence, and achievement level of even the weakest reader in a group.

How can teachers spot readers who are falling behind? How can they apply best-practices intervention to their classroom instruction?

Candidates for Intervention

Often, students who might require intervention at a very early age exhibit some of the following:

  • Struggle with early language development
  • Have parents who struggled with reading when they were young
  • Have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Lack motivation to read
  • Live in poor neighborhoods
  • Have dyslexia
  • Are students in classrooms with ineffective best practices

Many readers who struggle do not like to read on their own, much less at school. They do not see themselves as readers; they see themselves as students who cannot read.

Some struggling readers have never been taught how to read. This occurs sometimes when instructional practices have centered on whole-group instruction and take-home worksheets. If a struggling student is already in any one of the above-mentioned categories, reading is likely to be a difficult task.

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