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Red Flags for
Vision and Neurodevelopmental Issues that Interfere with Reading and What To Do About Them
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Red Flags for Elementary Teachers:
Vision and Neurodevelopmental Issues that Interfere with Reading and What to Do About Them
For many years of teaching in elementary schools in Maine and Washington, and teaching teachers all over the country, Katie Johnson has been puzzled:
Why can’t some children read? Why do children
In 2012 her book, Red Flags for Primary Teachers, addressed these puzzles in grades K-2 with anecdotes and activities.
Now in the new edition, Red Flags for Elementary Teachers, Katie tells the stories of children in grades 4, 5, and 6. We watch her read with them and assess their ability to actually seem], focus, and track print.
Katie believes that as many as 25 percent of children in grades K-6 are having trouble learning to read and liking to read.
Meet Lorie, in fifth grade, who gets headaches because she has to work so hard to keep the words from moving around.
Meet Eric, in sixth grade, who has to move his head as he reads so he doesn’t read the same line twice.
And many other children, all struggling with reading and writing and self-esteem….
Learn how to spot them. Learn how to help them!
The new edition is a very useful guide for intermediate teachers, with ideas for screening kids and exercises to help them. Red Flags for Elementary Teachers includes activities to help kids who are having a lot of trouble with tracking print and reading, and suggests other interventions as well. It is easy to read and full of descriptions, explanations and suggestions for helping these kids.
Intermediate teachers have way too many students in their classes. It is challenging to closely look at particular students and grasp what their problem is with reading. In many cases, it is a problem with vision. Vision problems are something that should have been picked up in earlier grades. By the time these students reach intermediate grades, they are very discouraged readers because they have not been successful. This book is an avenue to look at kids in a different way other than standardized test scores and reading practice.
Megan Nandi, 5th Grade Teacher, Masters in Education, NBCT
In Red Flags for Elementary Teachers, the new sections on older children are a must-read for every teacher. Any bright child who still struggles to read by 4th grade is likely to have vision problems not addressed by the eye chart. Older kids who are bright but lack eye coordination are at a major disadvantage in school. Katie’s work should serve as a Red Flag to society that “20/20” is not enough. Kudos to her, and congratulations to you for following her guidance.
Katie’s tales of turning lives around just by identifying and addressing specific behavior patterns are not exaggerations – I hear of them every year. Apply her techniques to any child who still struggles to read at 4th grade and beyond and experience this for yourself.
Maureen Powers, PhD, FCOVD, Director, GemstoneFoundation.org