Are you looking for strategies to help students who reverse letters and numbers while writing? If so, keep reading.
1. Get the student’s vision reviewed if it has not been recently reviewed.
2. Utilize board learning activities (e.g., drawing lines, circles, etc.) to teach the student proper directionality for each letter or number.
3. Guide the student’s hand, providing the feeling of directionality.
4. Put letters on transparencies and project them on the smartboard or paper. Get the student to trace the letters.
5. Get the student to trace letters and numbers in magazines, newspapers, etc., that they typically reverse when writing.
6. On occasions where correcting papers with reversed letters, use direction arrows to remind the student of correct directionality.
7. Find the letters and numbers the student reverses and have them practice making one or more of the letters correctly each day.
8. Teach the student to recognize the correct form of the letters and numbers when they see them (e.g., b, d, 2, 5, etc.).
9. Teach the student to check all work for those letters and numbers they typically reverse. Praise the student for correcting any reversed letters and numbers.
10. Give the student visual signals to aid in making letters and numbers (e.g., arrows indicating strokes).
11. Give the student large letters and numbers to trace that they typically reverse.
12. Make sure that the student’s formation of letters is appropriate and continuously correct.
13. Provided with letters and numbers on separate cards, have the student match the letters and numbers that are the same.
14. Consider using one of the apps on one of our best writing apps lists:
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