To have a reading level lower than writing? Just been told my daughters end of spring levels and she's as 1c in reading but 1b in maths and writing, the teacher said its unusual to have a reading level below writing. Just wondering how unusual it is and is it likely to cause even more problems for her ( she's year two)
I think there are lots of labels which don't serve a useful purpose beyond giving a 'reason' as to why someone appears to be a little bit different and directing resource towards what is often seen as a problem (not that it need be at all).
People know a lot about how children learn / develop but the science is by no means complete. Hence, often mysterious, 'differences'.
A lot of individual skills and knowledge, some of which appears instinctive work together to allow somebody to read, write, speak etc etc. When someone does not follow the predicted pattern people look for a reason. If the 'problems' or differences are ones which have been seen before, a label is given. But then people find the differences do not fall in to predictable patterns, thus the problem with labels.
I think no matter how much expertise somebody possesses (and there is a lot helpful expertise out there) it is worth remembering how important it is to remain open minded.
I agree with CalicoRose that sometimes the label is a barrier to a child receiving effective help ... the child is dyslexic therefore it's not my fault they aren't reading/writing as well as they should.