Lew McGinnis, a real estate investor who has been in the field since the 1960s, has spent much of his life doing charitable work. One of the most common ways Lew McGinnis has helped others is by tutoring young people with language difficulties, helping them build the skills necessary to read and write well.
There are often many challenges for beginning readers, especially those with learning disabilities. One way in which a reading tutor can help a child is by identifying the source of the problem.
Some issues have to do with the shapes of words or letters. Children can have difficulty with letters that are shaped similarly, such as p and q, or which are inversions of each other, like u and n. They might also not be able to break up words well, leading to lines of text that look like long, unreadable words. These issues can be addressed by focusing directly on letter and sound recognition, as well as by having the child place a finger at the end of a word when writing, making the spaces between words more pronounced.
Other difficulties have to do with reading text in the right order. Some children start reading in the middle of the page, rather than going from top to bottom and left to right. They may also have difficulty doubling back at the end of a line, due to weak eye muscles. To help with these problems, tutors can find books with fewer lines, or place a sticker on the reader’s left hand as a reminder to start reading on the left.