Unraveling the Mystery: Why Does My Child Struggle with Reading Comprehension?

8/13/20232 min read

Reading comprehension is a complex skill that plays a pivotal role in a child's academic success and overall cognitive development. It goes beyond merely decoding words; it involves understanding the meaning behind the text, making connections, and critically analyzing information. However, for some children, reading comprehension can pose a significant challenge. In this blog, we delve into the reasons why your child might be struggling with reading comprehension and explore effective strategies to help them overcome these hurdles.

Understanding Reading Comprehension

Before we delve into the reasons for reading comprehension struggles, let's briefly outline what reading comprehension entails. Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, interpret, and analyze written material. It involves a combination of skills such as:

  1. Vocabulary: Understanding the meanings of words within the context of the text.

  2. Decoding: Recognizing and pronouncing words accurately.

  3. Fluency: Reading smoothly and with appropriate expression.

  4. Background Knowledge: Drawing on existing knowledge to make connections with the text.

  5. Inference: Drawing logical conclusions based on implicit information.

Critical Thinking: Evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing information from the text.

Now, let's explore some potential reasons why your child might be struggling with reading comprehension.

  1. Limited Vocabulary and Background Knowledge

A strong vocabulary and a broad range of background knowledge are essential for effective reading comprehension. If your child lacks exposure to diverse words and experiences, they may struggle to understand more complex texts. Children who haven't been read to regularly or haven't had access to a wide variety of books and experiences may find it challenging to grasp the nuances of written material.

  1. Weak Phonics and Decoding Skills

Phonics, the relationship between letters and sounds, is a fundamental skill that aids in decoding words. Children who struggle with phonics may have difficulty recognizing and pronouncing words accurately, which can hinder their overall reading comprehension.

  1. Lack of Reading Engagement

If reading is perceived as a chore or a task rather than an enjoyable activity, children may struggle to stay engaged and focused. This lack of engagement can impede their ability to understand and retain information from the text.

  1. Poor Fluency

Fluency is the bridge between word recognition and comprehension. Children who read slowly and struggle with word recognition may find it difficult to process the overall meaning of the text.

  1. Limited Comprehension Strategies

Effective readers employ various strategies to make sense of the text. These strategies include predicting, summarizing, making connections, visualizing, and asking questions. If your child lacks these skills, their comprehension may suffer.

  1. Processing Issues or Learning Disabilities

Some children may have underlying processing issues or learning disabilities that impact their reading comprehension. Conditions like dyslexia, ADHD, or auditory processing disorder can make it challenging for them to process and retain information from written material.


Reading comprehension struggles can be addressed with patience, understanding, and the right strategies. By identifying the root causes of your child's difficulties and implementing targeted interventions, you can help them build the necessary skills to become confident and proficient readers. Remember that every child is unique, and progress may take time. With your support and a nurturing learning environment, your child can unlock the world of reading and embark on a journey of lifelong learning and exploration.


I hope this was helpful as together we do our best to get your child reading with confidence.

Unlimited blessings to you,

Diana - Mind Advent Tutoring

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