Education and Learning

Confused in Alphabets

Veena
3 to 7 years

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Updated on Sep 23, 2013

My Daughter is 5. 5yrs old and is studying in Sr. Kg. She often gets confused between letters i. e  she mixed b and d and writes t as facing left side like j similarly at times she writes j as facing t. I spoke about it to her school teacher who said children do get confused and its normal. was wondering if anyone has such an experience with their kids or heard about it. Should i be panicking and taking her to a counsellor already or wait for this year to complete . Please advise ....  

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Nayan

| Sep 25, 2013

My daughter would confused with D and write it mirror image and also B... teachers said it is usual and it has been corrected naturally with time.

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Veena

| Sep 24, 2013

Hey Bhavna , Glad to hear this guess shall give it sum time and try correcting her whenever she makes mistakes . It surely does help Thanks a lot for the reply.

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Bhavna

| Sep 24, 2013

hey veena , it is safe to say that you can relax, she will come around in time... btw, my daughter at one point used to write complete mirror images of all alphabets and would write whole sentences ... it was freaky but she came around on her own and we did not make too much fuss around it. I just bought her a big chart with all alphabets in capital and small and we hung it in her room so she could refer to them whenever she wanted... hope this helps...

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Veena

| Sep 24, 2013

Hi Shikha & Anurima, Thanks for your valuable inputs . As u mentioned shikha yes i need to look for other signs before jumping to any conclusion. Thankfully she doesn not show most of these signs except for wearing shoes in wrong feet... Also she very easily reads from right to left instead of the other way round i. e she will read was as saw and not as ton then no as on but this is not always ... so guess we shall wait n observe for some more time. Arunima as mentioned by you this problem is only with letters in lower case . She does not make any mistakes with capital letters . Thanks for the tips will use these techniques with her as well. Thanks both of you for taking time out and replying .

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Anurima

| Sep 23, 2013

Dear Veena, I think this is more common than you think. My daughter is 4. 5 years old and also mixes up letters such as v and y, n and h, d and b, and her S is always the other way round! I think this confusion is only with letters in the lower case. Here is what I do to help her remember the correct letters- for y, I have taught her it to be a V but with a tail; h is n but with the left hand stretching straight up, d looks left and b looks right and so on. For her to write S the right way, I have told her to write a C first and then add a curved tail. Little tricks such as these may also work for your daughter. Encourage her and let think of her letters and number anyway she likes as long as it helps her remember the correct ones. Hope this helps you both :)

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 23, 2013

Hi dear Veena! I can understand what ur concerns are. It is suggested that before reaching any conclusion please look for other signs of dyslexia. in this written language as well as oral language are affected to some degree. The other signs could be difficulty in tying show laces, fastening of buttons, wearing shoes on right feet, excessive tripping, bumping into things, substituting words, persistent word searching, mislabeling, difficulty with sequencing difficulty in learning nursery rhymes, a dyslexic person might complain of headaches or stomachaches while trying to read etc. there are many more signs and symptoms . If u see above mentioned signs too u could consult an educational psychologist or a speech and language therapist. But it is too early a stage to go for further tests. Children often reverse letters or interchangeably use words. It is advisable please wait for some more time, look for strengths and weaknesses of the child before u reach any conclusion. Practicing at home, repitition of alphabets which child has difficulty in remembering, reading simple books with the child everyday, use of pictures which help in retention or examples from day to day life which helps the child make connections, watching television with the child, discussion on concepts taught , playing puzzles, mazes, picture cards etc. might help the child. Hope this helps!

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