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Old 08-08-2006, 04:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I've seen kids do this when writing starts to really take off. Writing the letters and the entire word backwards, so if you hold it up to a mirror it would look right. "Mirror writing"? I think it's really cool either way, my son and my niece both do it sometimes and they're both 5 years old. Just curious...

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Dyslexia? of course given their ages, I'd say they are just very visually gifted to be able to write a whole word backwards...Kids who are v/s learners frequently do that sort of thing...which seems to be how little kids learn...somaybe just totally normal and just a game of theirs?

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Yes, it is mirror image writing and it isn't anything to worry about.
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totally normal!!
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Normal

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When I was a child, I learned to read and write very early. I wrote almost all of my WORDS backwards... ekil siht... and wrote very well with both right and left hands. Now, my spelling is not great, and I get letters and numbers reversed at times... but I am very highly functional and "normal" in most noticable and measurable sense! I think that it is nothing at all to worry about!
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I've heard it discussed before, not something I worry about at all. I was just wondering what the official name was for it. We don't push writing on our kids at all so they are self taught and I'm always intrigued by what they do. My 5 year old (and his older brother when he was younger) will write out entire sentences and give them to me to read. It takes all my decoding skills because the letters are all over the page, upside down and backwards If I can't figure it out, he looks at me with pity because it's so obvious what it say's, he'll show me the "s" that's at the top right corner of the page, the "t" and "o" are in the middle, and the "p", written backwards is down on the left. Never a dull moment!

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Yup, normal. My daughter did this quite a bit when she was younger.
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totally normal!!
yup!
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