Question: My eleven year old son struggles
with reading. I have been doing the eye midline exercise with him daily, and his reading
is getting much smoother. But he still hates to
read aloud. Is there anything else I can do to
make reading easier for him?
Answer: Good for you for exploring the
reasons behind your son’s struggles. It sounds
like you have already pinpointed one of the
reasons for his struggle . . . the ability for his
eyes to work together as a team as he reads.
You are addressing this with the “eye eight”
exercise. Eventually this will make a huge difference for him, as I saw in my reading classrooms.
Meanwhile, I used some very special techniques to help my struggling students during
the daily oral reading practice.
3 Painless Oral Reading Strategies
1. Ease the Eyes
a. After you have checked to make sure that
the child does not have a vision problem
that glasses would correct, continue to
do the daily eye eight exercise with him.
Do this slowly and deliberately. This will
train his eyes to work better as they cross
the midline of the page during the reading process. To receive a free copy of this
exercise email firstname.lastname@example.org, putting “Ask A Specialist Eye Exercise” in the
b.Many times a simple colored reading
transparency placed over the reading material makes a very good difference for the
3 Painless Strategies
When Oral Reading is
Painful We treat oral reading like a piano recital. We practice all the pieces of
the reading first, and then put it all
together in one performance.