Problems with reading are common for people who have ADHD or focus problems. The exact reason for this is unknown; however, some research has emerged from the MIND Institute at UC Davis which might lead to one explanation. Brain scans of people with ADHD show that they tend to use more of the visual parts of their brains than "normal" people. Typically, when people read, they "hear" the words they are reading and then use their imaginations to visualize. It's possible that people with ADHD are skipping the hearing part and going right to the visual part. Not a bad thing when it comes to great imaginations and art, but possibly a problem when it comes to reading speed and comprehension. One of the strategies that has helped people with reading problems is to read in short amounts and then paraphrase the sentences, so that they are forcing themselves to use the auditory part of their brains. Of course, this would be slow at first, but for some people, as they gain this skill, they may strengthen that part of their brain to improve reading skills. If you or your child are finding yourself with this problem, give this strategy a try. What other strategies have you found successful for problems with reading and/or ADHD? Let me know!
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