Help my special needs child wont read!

Spring - Autumn 2012 312This was us, head in hands, for many many many years! Not only that, but books given as presents remained unopened, rudely rejected, and school reading was a constant battle.

But not anymore. Why not? Because we have finally cottoned onto the fact that non fiction of a certain genre is irresistable to our son. What is it, I hear you shout. Once again I feel I should stick my head in my hands, but no, my child is reading happily and prepared to do the unthinkable, “silent reading”. My friends, our son, along with many of your children out there, loves MINECRAFT. In fact love is not a strong enough word! My sister in law sent the Diary of a Minecraft Zombie for Xmas and when it was eventually opened there was less of the usual hoo- ha.

Presented with it in reading time our son started tentatively, but was soon laughing… yes laughing, and pointing out all the funny, and even ironic bits! Instead of being flawed by difficult words he takes them in his stride, and I have to ask him to stop and bookmark at the end of reading time.

Needless to say I have developed strong feelings of affection for the author, even though we have never met. We are now on Book 6 in the series of many, and long may they continue!

I do not tell you this to promote Minecraft or Minecraft books, and I do realise that they are not on any syllabus, (yet!), or necessarily in the same league as Shakespeare or Michael Morpurgo. However, I do strongly recommend  finding books that are connected to your childs special interests if you too have a reluctant reader.

Miracles do happen. I have seen one!