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Posted by msanjay | Posted in communication | Posted on 14-09-2011

He often writes backwards, he seems to be more comfortable with it. We found some explanation from the good old net that matched what we’ve been thinking… (emphasis mine)

Answer 1: There is no need for concern if your granddaughter is otherwise well. It is completely normal for children to write “backwards” at this age. In addition to letter and number reversals, some children will truly write in mirror image: going from right to left with all the letters reversed. There is nothing wrong with this. The brain does not completely form the concept of left and right until somewhere between ages five and eight. This means that almost all children will have persistent reversals when they first start writing.

You should definitely not stop your granddaughter from writing in this way, or even make her correct it. If she asks if it is correct, you should point out the errors, but don’t make a big deal of it. The more that children write, the easier it becomes for them. You don’t want to limit your granddaughter’s creativity by constantly pointing out what is wrong. When she learned to walk, you wouldn’t have dreamed of telling her to stop because she couldn’t do it properly, or of trying to correct her and give her lessons. Similarly, with writing, children should be free to practice and make multiple mistakes without corrections or limitations. By first grade, teachers will start asking children to correct their reversals, and by the end of second grade almost all children have stopped doing it completely.

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://life.familyeducation.com/cognitive-development/early-learning/42297.html#ixzz1Xrfgyiq7


Answer 2: At four years of age, the presence of mirror writing is generally nothing to be concerned about. To understand why, it’s important to know how the ability to write from left to right emerges in a young child. A young child first develops what’s called laterality. This is an awareness of “leftness” and “rightness,” or at least that the body has two sides. This internal awareness then matures into what’s called directionality, which is the recognition and appreciation of right-left, up-down, forward-backward, etc.

Your daughter is still at this later stage, and because it’s not fully developed, she can just as easily go from left to right as she can from right to left, and it all feels the same to her. At this stage, she doesn’t even realize that she’s printed her name in the wrong order. Her young brain just says, “Hey, hand…write Kayla’s name for her, okay?” Her brain hasn’t learned how the writing is supposed to look yet, and it doesn’t much care whether the letters go this way or that. All her brain is concerned about at this stage is the order of the letters. So off goes the hand, and out comes ALYAK. As Kayla and her brain see more models of her name written correctly, she’ll first say “Hey, that doesn’t look right!” and later, “It’s backward!” as the concept develops

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