The Caregiver's Journey

Reading Comprehension

What you might see:

  • Problems understanding what is read
  • Trouble stating the main idea or main point

How you can help:

  • Read with your service member/veteran. 
  • Review the reading material, using the 5W strategy — Who, What, Where, When, Why:
    • Who are the characters?
    • What happened to the characters in the book? What did they do about it?
    • Where did it happen? 
    • When did it happen? 
    • Why did it happen?
  • The 5Ws should be related; that is, they should refer to the same characters or portion of the story.
  • Your service member/veteran can write out important information or say it out loud; this uses other senses to increase comprehension.
  • Emphasize important information in the text.