Monday, July 12, 2010

Mirror Image

I guess many children have the tendency to write mirror images when it comes to writing alphabets. This has been a common problem among pre-school children and this phase would pass.

My children had this problem too and I was not worried until recently when I noticed something unusual in Wayne’s writing. He’s seven and he still can’t write alphabets correctly. There are still mirror images from time to time. That’s not all, his Chinese words can be written the other way round too! Imagine those complicated Chinese words. How can one write mirror images of those complicated words? Is this some kind of disorder? I think I should talk to a doctor.

9 comments:

Leeyen said...

Never heard anyone write chinese in mirror image! yeah, maybe try to google it before taking himt to the doctor's?

slavemom said...

My girl did mix up b and d earlier (even at 7 yo) but not anymore. She's nvr written mirror images of chn chars. But then again, she doesn't write much chn. I agree with Leeyen, do find out more b4 consulting a specialist.

jazzmint said...

faythe is writing mirror image too, in fact for numbers as well..9 she writes as P sometimes. Alphabets yeah some too...but chinese so far no leh. Do share with us your findings

Jolyn said...

children like these are usually very smart :)

i would suggest not to go to the doctor, but find another approach to teach him...

i think what wayne has is some sort of mild learning disability...

i have a colleague who, when he was a child, everyone thinks he is stupid as he keeps jumbling up the alphabets and writing them in mirror image...

his teachers told his parents that he is useless and his parents were prepared to send him to special school (where down syndrome kids go to)...

however, before admitting to the special school, he was tested for his IQ and the expert actually said that he is a very smart boy, cause he passed all the test with flying colours...what he had was just a learning disability...

people with learning disability finds it difficult to learn the normal way as other children... so by teaching them using the normal method will not work...

their brain somehow cannot understand or make sense of the things being taught the normal way...

so for children like these, we have to find the "right" approach, try to reprogram their brain so they can learn...

if you watch <>, you will realized that Ben Affleck's character also has learning disability, but he is not stupid !!

same as Michael Oher (the black kid) in the <>, he too has learning disability but he is not stupid... but see how quickly all the schools he went to think he is stupid ??

well... i think i made my point :) hope all these help...

jacss said...

it surely worries any mom but like everyone said, u need some research....before seeing d right specialist!! good luck JO

wen said...

my gal also have mirror image writing. mostly on the alpha but not on the chinese. the teacher said to let them copy from book directly in front of them, not leave the book at the far left. if left on the far left, they will follow the book and have mirror image writing. the same goes with their seating. sit in the middle directly facing the whiteboard, not sitting at the corner.

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Martini said...

Yeah, my 4yo girl writes mirror image for numbers and alphabets too, but not chinese chr.

Maybe can check with his teachers if it happens to other children too.

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