DD (age 8) is reading at about a 6 yr level. She attended part of first grade last year, and homeschooled the second half and is now homeschooling for second grade. In school, she qualified for pullout for special reading support.
She had language delays and received speech therapy in the birth to three program, was at age-level when she turned three and didn't qualify for further services. She doesn't seem to have any receptive or expressive delays at all, currently, or any sign of having had a speech delay.
Her reading comprehension is excellent. She is above age level in comprehension. I read to her often during the day and we go through about 50 books every two weeks, a mixture of chapter books and picture books, whatever she likes.
But when she reads, it is very, very tedious and slow. She becomes extremely bouncy and highly distractible, playing with the dog, standing up to sing, sliding upside down on the couch, taking a drink, then another, then having to use the bathroom, then having to crawl back to the couch... She'll stare at the page for five minutes then suddenly blurt out the entire sentence, with correct inflection and correct recognition of the punctuation. She will often sing the sentence instead of reading it. She will get a sentence, then dance around the room, singing it over and over. Once she gets the sentence, she reads it quite well. But it takes her very long to get the sentence, and she'll often get stumped on words she knows quite well, or should know quite well, easy decodable words like "nod."
Seems like she has a great deal of trouble decoding. Seems like she's found singing a strategy that helps.
I'm wondering if I should have her evaluated for a specific language disability. The reason I would want to do so is if there are strategies specific to a particular disability that I should be using, I'd want to know. I've looked online and haven't found anything helpful. I've done as many modifications as I can think of for the bounciness (a swing in the house, large ball to bounce on, rocking chair, me sitting behind her doing brushing and other calming techniques that OTs use) but reading kind of requires some degree of holding still so the words don't bounce around on the page, and anyway it doesn't really seem to be helping. She's actually lost ground since we started homeschooling.
I haven't had her vision checked; should I? She seems to see fine. She has no trouble with math or logic worksheets.
Should I even worry at all? Maybe her brain just needs to mature a bit or something. I'm not sure what to do. Everything I read says if there is a reading disability it should be addressed early. Homeschoolers tend to say don't push it, she'll read when she's ready.
I'm really confused and getting concerned about her reading.