By Dr. Joseph Gianesin, Behavioral Consultant
My daughter has been writing since before she started school and was good at it. I was a stay-at-home mom and worked with her so that when she started school she would have no problems.
Now that she has started school and I am a working single mom she has issues with writing letters and numbers backward. Could it be because she no longer has the one-on-one attention? She was writing so much better before.
Please help me.
It sounds like you are very interested in helping your child get off to a good start at school.
As far as her writing letters and numbers backward, the teacher may have taught her a different way of forming the letters and numbers so she may be a little confused after learning one method from you and another from the teacher. This is something you could find out in a conference with her teacher and reinforce the teacher's method at home.
There is a good reason we wait until first grade to teach writing letters and numbers, as most kids' fine-motor skills have developed enough for them to take this on.
On the other hand, if she continues to have difficulty in this area, this may turn out to be a form a dyslexia or a mild learning disability. The teacher can give you feedback if this is a real problem.
At this young age, we want to allow the child to make mistakes and reinforce her when she does something right. My best advice is not to worry unless the situation perpetuates itself. Putting pressure on your child to do things perfectly could cause more harm than good.
Advice from our experts is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a health-care provider or learning expert familiar with your unique situation. We recommend consulting a qualified professional if you have concerns about your child's condition.
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