How can you tell if your child has tracking problems?
There is good general advice about tracking and reading on this web-page:
There is a good check-list of possible symptoms on this same page:
There are simulations of tracking and other problems on this page:
In addition, consider these questions:
Does your child inexplicably mis-read words when reading out loud?
‘It’ for ‘I’ or vice versa
‘That’ for ‘the’ or for ‘what’
‘Lucky’ for ‘quickly’
‘From’ instead of ‘for’
Does your child often skip small words and lose his or her place all the time or mis-read the line above or below his or her sentence or line of text without noticing? Do a child’s eyes water and is he or she evidently strained if asked to read for a longer time than usual? Symptoms like these may be indicative of tracking problems and eye exercises can help enormously.
If you recognize these symptoms, seek specialist advice as soon as possible. A child can be utterly demoralised, even embittered when he or she finds that simple reading tasks easily mastered by classmates are almost insuperable.