Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Mirror Writing

Camille is a "Mirror writer" . Mirror writing is formed by writing in the reverse direction than is natural for a given language such that the result is the mirror image of normal writing: it appears normal when it is reflected in a mirror. We discovered that Camille was a mirror writer when she started writing her name on her own. When she copies her name, either by tracing or looking at the letters, she writes it correctly. When she doesn't have the correct letters to look at, she writes her name in precise mirror image. Here's an example I found this morning on her chalkboard:
At first, we were very concerned. But after talking to a child development specialist, our minds have been put at ease. It turns out that about 1 in 6500 kids is a mirror writer. It is most common in left-handed children and Camille is left-handed. It is NOT considered an early sign of dyslexia or other learning disabilities and, in most cases, a child who mirror writes will self-correct with practice. Leonardo DiVinci was a mirror writer, so was Lewis Carroll (author of Alice in Wonderland).

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