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Writing all her words backwords

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My 4yo DD working on pre-literacy skills and writing. DD has started writing everything backward. Her name, sentences, etc. She can identify what she wrote most of the time.

I am torn to just 1) ignoring it, I mean she is really young, could just be an age thing OR 2) seeking help for her as her older brother (who has multiple issues) is severely learning disabled and letter and word reversal are signs of LD. If that is the case, I want to work on it sooner than later with multi-sensory teaching methods.

Did any of your kid's go through a phase of writing words and sentences backwards and naturally outgrow it?
by on Feb. 13, 2018 at 11:08 AM
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by on Feb. 17, 2018 at 3:08 PM

It's really hard to say if this is typcial for a four year old child or not. You may want to consult or ask a reading specialist or professional. From my understanding, reversals are common up until the age of 6 or 7, but this may be for writing just a few, very specific, letters and numbers. Your daughter is writing whole words and sentences backwards and that is more alarming. Have you tried having her trace over letters and sentences that you write with a highlighter, in order to help her learn the difference and develop those skills? You could make it a "copy cat" game and perhaps trick her into doing it.

by Max on Feb. 18, 2018 at 11:59 AM
Very typical for kids her age.

Think of it this way, everything else around her is what it is no matter which way she holds it. An upside down cat is still a cat. Learning that letters have to face a certain way is something that seems intuitive to us, but for a preschooler it's a whole new way of thinking.

That fact that she's writing words is awesome. Be happy she picking it up at such a young age.
by Member on Feb. 22, 2018 at 4:56 AM

Most of my kids that write backwards only write a few letters/numbers backwards but not full sentences. I think she may have dyslexia so getting her tested wouldn't be the worst idea. Getting an expert's opinion may help whether now or in the future. Hopefully she is just doing it for fun! Or maybe ask her if she can write things backwards and maybe it will be corrected.

by on Feb. 28, 2018 at 10:21 AM

In my experience as a preschool teacher and curriculum coordinator, writing backwards is not usually a phase.  Some simple testing could reveal her exact needs so you know how best to help her.  It sounds like you already have good skills in helping your children. 

Unfortunately people sometimes respond negatively to learning obstacles but don't let that bring you down.  Our "academic" skills are really only a small part of who we are.  Apparently Picasso had learning disabilities and he became wildly famous even among people who don't like his paintings. 

Your DD and DS will experience the world in different and exciting ways that other people miss and I wish you all many blessings as  you do.

by Member on Feb. 28, 2018 at 2:12 PM
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My son did that at first with him name and simple words. Never a full sentece. He has autism though and is in kindergarten so he isn't quite there yet.

by Member on Feb. 28, 2018 at 2:18 PM

Does she sit at a desk or table across from someone at school?

by on Mar. 1, 2018 at 5:22 PM

This is completely normal at 4 years old.  Don't stress over it.  Just show her the right way to write the letters.

by New Member on Mar. 2, 2018 at 1:07 PM
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Tracing dotted letters and numerals can also help her. You can access them and create your own online for free. When searching, type Tracer Sheets. You should get several links.
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