Tips for Assessing Your Child’s Reading Comprehension

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LearningRx brain training center offers three tips to help evaluate reading comprehension skills at home.

Reading comprehension is about understanding what you read, not how to read.

Being a good reader goes far beyond decoding written words and the brain training experts at LearningRx are offering three techniques to help parents evaluate their children’s reading comprehension.

“Reading has different components,” says Tanya Mitchell, Vice President of Research and Development at the Headquarters of LearningRx. “Successful reading requires us to recognize the individual sounds of speech, blend and segment those sounds effectively, and associate those sounds with the appropriate letter codes or symbols. But reading comprehension is about understanding what you read, not how to read.”

There are three techniques you can use to do a preliminary reading comprehension assessment at home. Start by asking your child (or teen) to read a passage of text that’s appropriate for their age. This should be done in private as reading comprehension assessments are most accurate if the child is not reading for an audience. Then:

  • Ask detailed questions about the content. (“What was the dog’s name?”)
  • Ask questions about information that was implied by the text. (“Why was the girl feeling scared to face the bully?”)
  • Ask him to re-tell the story in his own words, or to summarize the main idea or moral of the story.

Were they able to easily and accurately complete the tasks? If not, LearningRx is now offering ComprehendRx, a new groundbreaking program that targets seven core skills critical for reading comprehension. “ComprehendRx strengthens visualization, vocabulary, reading fluency, sequential processing, reasoning, metacognitive strategies and working memory to dramatically improve understanding, retention and application,” says Mitchell. “We pair students one-on-one with LearningRx brain trainers who customize each session to keep exercises fun but intense. It’s a life-changing solution that works for any age.”

About LearningRx
LearningRx specializes in treating the cause––not the symptoms––of learning struggles. The programs’ game-like exercises and one-on-one trainer-to-student ratios provide guaranteed dramatic improvement in as little as 12 to 24 weeks. With more than 80 centers across the country, LearningRx brain training can help anyone––from 5 to 85––increase the speed, power or function of their brain. To find out more about ComprehendRx and find a local center, visit or call 719-264-8808.

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