debkurns at comcast.net
Sun Aug 12 14:23:06 EDT 2007
I am a special education teacher. Another way I have explained this parents
is to use a block cut out letter (we have an Ellison die cut machine) of the
letter b - flip the letter over to the right and it is a d - flip the letter
over again to the bottom and it is a q - flip it over again to the left and
it is a p. Some teachers stress the b/d confusion using the word bed - this
one is hard to write - if you use your hands to make a letter b with the
left hand and a d with the right hand and hold them together, you have a bed
with a headboard and a footboard. Most of my children did not get this one
because the concept of headboard and footboard is unknown to them. There is
a program called "Recipe for Reading" that uses a picture of a bat and ball
for the letter b and a drum and drumstick for the letter d. I have placed
the b picture on the left corner of the student's desk and the d picture on
the right corner. There is another saying b before c when looking at an abc
Personally, I use many hands-on activities using tactile items - for example
tracing with your finger a sandpaper letter, cutting the letter of out
needle point plastic canvas and have the students place a piece of paper
over it and rub with a crayon, using shaving cream or pudding to write the
letter in. Handwriting without Tears has specific language for teaching the
formation of letters to reduce reversals.
Deb (SpEd in IL)
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I've done it with a chair. Also effective.
It is important when talking with parents of these young children, who often
raise the concern regarding reversals, to acknowledge their concerns. Elisa
is so right about responding to parental concern without undo panic and
Renee has a great idea to show parents how natural it is for young children
to the p-b-q-d thing. Letting them know it is not uncommon, is age
appropriate and that you are aware of the reversals and willing to address
them is important.
On 8/12/07 9:04 AM, "Renee" <phoenixone at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> On Aug 12, 2007, at 6:13 AM, Kathleen Ernewein wrote:
>> ......, I have noticed children that read d's as b's and q's as p's.
>> I would never come right out and claim that these students are in fact
>> dyslexic, but I would like to help them in anyway that I can.
> Hi Kathleen,
> Reversing letters is very common and natural until somewhere around
> third grade. When parents ask, I do this: I stand their child up in
> front of them, facing one side. I say, "Here is your child." Then I
> turn the child around facing the other way and say, "Look! It's still
> your child!" and then I explain that for some children they may just
> not be seeing the difference yet between facing one way and facing
> another way.
> Makes sense to me, anyhow!
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