My first grader is showing signs of dislexia...ot so i think??

Amy - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son in is first grade and willbe turning 7 in 3 weeks. He has gone to daycare that had a learning center along with it his whole life, he went to pre-school, kindergarden and now is in first grade. we have always practiced our letters and numbers and always seemed to have it down.

the problem is he is still writing letters and numbers backwards. it has gotten better but then sometimes i feel it has gotten worse. i wouldnt know if this has anything to do with it but he is also very forgetful about everything. like instead of remembering how to spell his spelling words he has to sound them out every time like he has never learned them.

i am going to speak to his teacher and doctors about this but i just was hoping there was someone out there that could give me some insight on to whats really going on here

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Heather - posted on 09/24/2009

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One thing I would recommend with spelling words is have him say the letters while he is writing them. Also, have him do this on different textures. (Like sand paper or felt or on a white board) If he says the letters as he writes them, he is writing it, saying it, and hearing it. It is like multiplying each time he practices by 3. When I teach new sounds, we do 5 different textures 3 times each.

Jenny - posted on 09/24/2009

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I volunteer in my daughters classrooms, and when she was in 2nd grade, kids were still reversing letters. If his teacher thinks it is abnormal, they can have him tested for learning disability. Most outgrow it (at different times). Bring it up to her and see what she thinks.

Amy - posted on 09/23/2009

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well i know its hard to tell this early on but i would like to catch it sooner than better. He is doing fairly well with reading his words. Sometimes if the word is, lets say bag he will read it as big. When practicing his spelling words he has to spell the word out EVERY TIME, there is no remembering how to spell the word. He could write the words a bunch of times, spell the words verbally over and over again and still he has to think about it and still doesn't always get them right. The spelling words are a, to, one, find, and have and since one sounds like won he wants to spell it as won instead of remembering that its spelled one. I dont know maybe i am worrying to much about this. He does seem to have a memory problem though. He is very forgetful and he is very delayed with his surroundings. for example last year was just about the first year he understood the whole santa and christmas thing and connected it. and this year is about the first year he got excited about halloween. And of course we have a daily routine like mondays he goes to daycare and daddy picks him up but tuesdays mommy picks him up...and so forth. it just seems he cant connect what days of the week to who is getting him that day. Again i could just be worried for nothing and it seems im rambling on and nit picking about it...i guess im just trying to give you any example i can think of. his teacher hasnt said anything and he comes home with star work papers daily so i just go back and forth all the time...

Heather - posted on 09/23/2009

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I am a credentialed teacher, and I work at a private center that specializes in teaching reading and math to students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Letter reversals are very common until second grade. If this is the only part of the reading/writing process that he is struggling with I wouldn't worry. (My kindergarten age daughter is making a lot of reversals, too, even though I have worked on her with writing letters since she was three.) If you are starting to see him fall behind in reading, now is the time to take action. He may need specialized intervention. If you have more specific questions, let me know.

Carrie - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was afraid my daughter had that it does run on my side! But her 1st grade teacher told me to wait till she was in 3rd grade and if she still wrote thing backword or the wrong way then to have her tested! But not to worry yet she was still learning how things went! Hope this helps you!

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