Reversals of letters are a common thing with kids. Sometimes it lasts into adulthood if it is never addressed. Especially with the letters p, d, b, and q, They are particularly nasty compared with other letters, because they are all mirror images of each other and sometimes upside down versions of the others. These are the most common reversals, although I have seen my share of kids who also do it with m and w and h and n and sometimes o and e.
After we rule out an actual vision problem, I have a really great exercise that trains kids to practice enough that they immediately recognize these letters and without a lot of effort. The exercise is done with me 1 on 1 on webcam and combines recognizing the letter, speed, using hands, eyes, ears and mouth at the same time and truly creates kids who can be on top of their game with speed, letter discrimination and going line to line without losing track. While I cannot share the exact exercise outside of directly working with a family myself as it needs guidance, I can share the pre-exercise that I do to get kids warmed up, that is also super helpful.
Remember that the following is only the warm up to the actual exercise that I do with these kids 1 on 1 via webcam to make the reversals stop happening and the processing speed come up a lot. So here is the warm up...I ask parents to get a manuscript writing practice book. The ones with the larger spaces to write and the dotted line down the middle of the row. Then I ask them to have the child write a row of p's, a row of d's, a row of b's and row of q's each day. While the child writes them, at the same time, I ask that the child says the letter out loud each time so they are using their eyes, ears, mouths and hands at the same time. The connecting of all of those sensory processes is super important. It is a short, simple exercise that done daily, in a repetitive way, over time, will help to solidify the difference between the letters.Once they do this, they are ready to move on to the real exercise. The challenge part to add in the speed and multi-tasking.
I do all kinds of great exercises to help kids develop better processing skills because without good processing, school and learning becomes much harder than it needs to be, many times causing difficult behavior and lower achievement. All of the exercises are terrific,but this one in particular, creates some great changes. Hope this helps and have a happy day!
Dr. Sherri Singer is a Processing and Motivation Skills Excellence Coach who works with you in person, 1 on 1, live via webcam.Contact Dr. Sherri
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