I'm tutoring a "gonna-be" second grader through the summer (reading, particularly fluency). I started with him in the spring, and he has made some progress with me. But I'm noticing some specific issues with him. If anyone has any suggestions about this, I'd love to hear them! First of all, he has recently been diagnosed with seizures, but we don't necessarily know the cause yet. He is otherwise healthy. He is quite a talker, and at times, diverts attention from his struggles by changing the subject! He is very intelligent, quite articulate, and has great family support. We've been working on reading strategies other than sounding out words, since his over-dependence on that strategy negatively affects his fluency. He is getting a little better. But I've noticed he does not have command of simple sight words, even some Kinder level, although he has "passed" the lists through first grade. When I gave him some homework practice with them (I leave explicit instructions for mom, and she's great to do everything) she said he did well. But when I checked him for reading and writing them, he couldn't read most of them....I was pointing to them in a different order than the way they were written! He could only do them well if they were given in the order he practiced them! This ties in with some other OCD-type behavior I've seen, so I asked mom about it. She is aware of some similar personal habits of his, and he was actually already scheduled for an appointment to talk about that with his doc. My question...how do I work with him at improving his reading when he is stuck in a rut like this? It seems to me he HAS to learn how to read words wherever they are--I gave them as homework to practice because they cause him trouble even in the context of stories. I know the sight word problem is holding him back quite a bit and is a factor in his reading struggles. Excuse the length of this--I thought the background was important! Any ideas? Anyone ever deal with this specific problem before? HELP! I tutor again tomorrow, and I feel bad that I don't know how to handle this situation, other than to persevere and "make him" practice more. Drill and kill I hate!! THANKS for listening!