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Sree

mirror writing

My 5 year old son is writing some of the alphabets and numbers in a reverse or mirror image way. He also finds difficulty in following certain instructions and patterns. He write English alphabets  and numericals in a random way.

What would be the reason for this? He is otherwise very active in school and at home. Even school teacher noticed that he finds bit difficulty in following instructions inthe class

 



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acitez

Until he reaches the age of eight, it is normal for your son to write some symbols backwards. It is also normal for him to have difficulty following instructions that have more than one step. His brain is growing and developing.
Provide him opportunities to practice these skills. Help him notice when he does not do things correctly, but do not make a big deal about it. He will naturally desire to improve himself, unless you are harsh in correcting him.

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concerned mom

I agree w/ acitez to an extent. It is common for kids to write letters backwards when they are first learning to write. It's also common for some kids to have trouble staying focused or following directions at such a young age. However, stay on top of your child. If you see that he continues to have difficulty in class, or you find he has trouble at home, talk to his dr. Also, stay in close contact w/ your son's teacher. Work w/ your son at home. Practice, practice, practice. Many times repetition is the key. If, though, you don't see any improvements, or you find after some time that your son is forgeting a lot of what he has learned, consider having him tested. Early intervention is very important in nipping a problem in the bud. W/ the right instruction, your son can be successful. Just don't brush this off if you feel in your gut something is wrong. Good luck!

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concerned mom

PS--Does your son have trouble identifying letters and numbers? Also, how's his speech and comprehension? Expressive/receptive skills? These are all things to look for when identifying a learning problem.

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Advice

Hi, My daughter will be 6 soon in May 2011 and she at times has trouble identifying letters and numbers, she at time also writes some of the alphabets and numbers in a reverse or mirror image way. However she is excellent with painting and recitation and has done well in her Jr.& Sr. KG. She is a very active child. I am worried about her, since sometimes she acts like she has not seen the letter or the number ever.

Do i need to be alarmed about it or give her more time.

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dwhitelock

Hi
I was the same at his age and am now 38 and i do it when iam tired or under stress. My parents got me tested and they said i was ambhidextrus (think that is the spelling). I basically use both hands for everything i write, i dont know my left and right hands so driving is out, I read upside down as well as the right way and i write backwards. When i did my final english lit exam i was so stressed i wrote the whole thing mirror writing and they failed me. My parents challenged the result the examiner put it in front of a mirror and i got a B+!!!!.My reading was about three years ahead of the rest of my class . As for the concentrating i was the same and the numbers i also wrote them wrong and they said i am number dsylexic My daughter also has some of my traits and the school says she only does it when she is tired. They also say now that it is a sign of intelligance!!. Any questons please ask me on the notice board and dont worry!.

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Advice

Hi,
Thanks a lot this is reassuring. I remember that i too am bad with spelling and did not do too well in school b'coz it. I was also low on confidence and depressed b'coz of it. But today I too am 38 years and doing well. I could like you to advice me on how to deal with my child, when she is stressed b'coz she cannot cope with her studies and deal with spellings. She is a very sensitive child.

Look forward to you advice.

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dwhitelock

What you need to do is find out why she is doing this first. Is it only in some of the subjects or all of them, also try and get a test done or speak to the school about testing, they want your child to pass so they should help!. As your child is also sensitive you could ask if something in the school that is making her nervous, is it the class or a student or even the teacher. Is there other things in school they are good at? maybe Art or Sport?. When she is stressed wih her studies and spellings at home do not sow your worry to her and put the work to one side for a while and do something to relive the stress, then say right we are relaxed and had fun lets try again. If there is still a problem put a noe in the book explain to the teacher and ask her to help explain again to your child. I do this at least twice a week andi have never ha any problems with this. Hope this helps!! Please write back if i can help further.