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ADHD at School

Reading Comprehension

I feel like I’ve been saying this over and over. My son (14 years old and also diagnosed with high functioning autism) has trouble with reading comprehension. He doesn’t get the information just by reading it. And it’s more than just not being able to remember the information. He confuses some stuff. One of the evaluators said he basically confuses the w questions - who, what, where, when, why. Like if you ask him why his answer might be in relation who who or what. Anyway, just like a person with dyslexia can learn to “unscramble” the words as he sees them, I am sure there must be a way for my son to learn to get over this hurdle.
My question to you all is who would know how to do this? I need to find a person, a school, a tutor, a service, that can help with this.
If you have any feedback, I’d appreciate it.


Greetings & Salutations Ms. P
Have u contacted ur son’s school board to see if they have information to help u. What about the doctor that he goes to.  I found these websites for you to review:;=&oe;=

I did the google search and figured u can go through which ones can be helpful to u and your family.

Best to luck!!
Happy New Year!

Posted by happynewyorker on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:33pm

I’m into technology and have you searched for apps on the tablets? either apple or android? I tend to love apple for my 4 year old son. Some of the developers deal with autistic kids.

Posted by vabronxboogie on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:35pm

I also feel you should do your research so you can be able to assist your son. I tend to prefer teaching my son myself because I just can’t see myself solely relying on teachers. I believe I have more patience and he learns more with that one on one time with me.

Posted by vabronxboogie on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:37pm

Not sure where you are from.  Loom for a reading center that evaluates to pinpoint exact problem and has proven programs to compensate and work with you son.

Posted by Peacfldove on Jan 01, 2014 at 12:11am

Always start with great teaching.
It is the most effective first step, but it doesn’t provide sexy marketing.

It is also really difficult to work with schools on this, because teacher changes are an untouchable issue for admin. No one from the school will want to go on the record about teacher quality, because someone will always have to get placed in the weak teachers’ classrooms.

If you have to go for tutoring, I favor the great teachers over the slick marketers… (notice the trend in my cynicism?)

Posted by Dr. Eric on Jan 03, 2014 at 4:10am

I found that a good starting point is multiple choice reading tests, and that places like Sylvan Learning Center or test prep places more generally are very good and patient about teaching reading comp strategies for test taking.  My son started out with significant reading comp issues in middle school and ended up being a creative writer and getting high scores on his reading comps for the SAT.

It’s very difficult for ADD kids with processing issues to read and think in the narrow linear fashion of neurotypicals. My main piece of advice in helping my son to improve his reading comp was to read like a stupid person, looking only for the most obvious ideas. 

It’s also difficult for ADD with memory issues, so learning to use a highlighter and take little margin notes is also a good strategy, or wrîting a brief outline.  Writing typically will go to long term memory.

I hope this helps!

Posted by Valerie Christine on Jan 04, 2014 at 5:23pm

Having a speech language evaluation for your son would help to rule out a language processing disorder.  Otherwise, I would ask the school,as part of his iep, to assess his executive functions.  My son has similar issues and the executive functions problems are making up a large portion of his services and accomodations.  Examples are computer tests, computer writing assignments vs.handwritten, extra test time with no deduction in grade.  Lingulist sells 2different books to work on executive functions.  One is grades 1-6 , the other is grades 7-12.  But you may find that if the executive functions are the issue for your son, you may need to start with the younger book and build confidence.

Posted by gooseberry67 on Jan 04, 2014 at 5:31pm

My son was diagnosed with inattentive ADD and language disorder. He is now 12 and we have had a tutor for him for four years. Prior to that we tried Oxford learning center, but that did not work for us because it was not one on one. He also did have problems with the wh..words… What, where, who, when… It was his executive functioning issues kicking in.

To master this we had Q cards that had the word on it and we kept identifying the word that starts with WH… So I read to him and whenever the word came up I pointed to it with my finger in the book and then held up my card and then made him repeat the word by looking at that card. It took a few tries and every time he succeeded we celebrated by doing a high five. After a while he was able to read a section (ie. paragraph) by himself and then we celebrated with happy dances and telling everyone of our accomplishments. Unfortunately I didn’t find that the schools system helped us enough.

To find a tutor I asked friends and if they know of any students that are learning to become teachers, or recently graduated teachers that are not yet employed. I found a bubbly young lady, met with her at the coffee shop explained to her my son’s needs, and we agreed on a trial time and payment terms. When she met my son, he totally connected with her and was engaged. To prep him for her meeting, I told him that she is going to help him, as well as hang out with him.

Since your son is 14, he may make a better connection with a male figure, where they can “hang out together”. We are also getting to the point where he doesn’t want anyone to know he has a tutor, so when the tutor comes with me to the school, and in other students hearing, I introduce the tutor as my right hand. The tutor has also been a wonder. She helped me research and come up with new strategies.

I have been looking for parents and children, who are similar to my son. You are the first one I found. I would love to hear your strategies and exchange info with you. Let me know if you are interested, or if there is anyone else out there who may also be interested. If you wish to, you can write to this email address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

You are a good parent.

Posted by Mokusci on Jan 04, 2014 at 7:06pm

The Visualizing and Verbalizing program by LindaMood-Bell is a very successful program for reading comprehension.  Also, a Speech-Language Pathologist can help with mastering the understanding of Wh-questions.

Posted by til13 on Jan 07, 2014 at 6:12am

My daughter has had so many difficulties since she was in K. She would write her whole ABC book backwards! The letters, words and even sentences…The teacher said it was totally normal at her age!!! She could not read well,  she would scramble her letters words, guess them. She cried during homework! She is now in 3rd grade and still is having difficulty in reading!!! In Title 1 reading, but, I doesn’t help her. I had her tested for dyslexia 3 times. Ist time they said she was too young to say. But they did say “she’s in no man’s land”. Does not qualify for special ed but you will have to work hard to help her!!!  Second one was a waste of time..3rd said she has dyslexic tendencies but I can’t give her diagnosis of dyslexia!!!! I am fed up because the school thinks just because she can get through with super help from home and babying things at school…she can move along with her “c” and “b”‘s!!!  I need to have her re tested for some other learning disability besides dyslexia.  ( I know with my whole heart it IS Dyslexia )

Posted by Noah s Ark on Jan 09, 2014 at 12:30am

Thanks for all your feedback. I live in a small town in Louisiana an unfortunately the schools and community here just aren’t up to speed with the help my son needs. He was going to Sylvan and seeing good results, but then they closed down and the nearest one is an hour away. I will look into the resources some of you suggested, especially Linda Mood Bell.mi’ve been meaning to check that out.

Posted by Ms. P on Jan 09, 2014 at 3:55am

You can go to gander publishings website and order the verbalizing and visualizing kit.  It is about 375 dollars

Posted by gooseberry67 on Jan 09, 2014 at 6:42am

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