Color recognition.

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My 2 almost 3 year old daughter knows her colors fairly well. Even some odd ones like grey/silver or teal.

The one color she always gets wrong is red. She calls it green every time. If we place a green box and a red box out and ask her to get us the red one, she looks at them confused and with grab either.

She knows green is green though.

My husband has fine eye sight and no issues with red/green color blindness, neither do I.

She knows pinks, oranges, and purples. She never calls red, orange or pink.

I honestly thought she was just being a butt and teasing me. But this has continued for almost a year now, and she continues to learn other colors just fine.

I'm really starting to get worried. I'm not sure if I should wait until December for her 3 year check up or call and make an appointment for sooner.


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Lady Heather - posted on 09/05/2012




My daughter screwed up red and green long after she knew every other colour. Or she pretended to or something. It was about a month before three that she started actually getting it right. And she knew the other colours around the time she turned 2. Wouldn't know it now when we are standing at the stoplight - red means stop, green means go, red means stop. Haha.

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I do know about red/green color blindness being on the X chromosome, which is why I thought she was just being a butt for so long.

I'll try the test and see if that doesn't at least give me a hint. Thank you for the link.

I'll at the very least bring it up at her 3 year check up. Depending on that test, I might give the doctor a call and see what she suggests.

Jodi - posted on 09/05/2012




If her dad isn't colour blind, then that can't be it, because colour blindness is on the X chromosome, she would need to get the genes from both parents (you may be a carrier, you wouldn't know). The only way she could get that from dad is if he is colour blind. But then, maybe his colour blindness is more subtle? My brother is colour blind and he can tell red and green, but there are a few shades of reddish-orange that he struggles with. So there ARE levels of severity with colour blindness.

From my understanding, colour blindness CAN also be caused by certain damage to the eye, so yes, it should be followed up just in case.

You could do a colour blindness test just to be sure, most of those involve recognition of numbers, but here's a test I found that is shapes, if that helps. But remember, computer screens show different colours, so it may not be accurate.

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