LetterReflex Overcoming Letter Reversals & Backwards Writing in Early Childhood Development & Dyslexic Children

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Fun, effective way to work on letter/number reversals.

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Kids can learn to differentiate right from left, which helps point the letters P, B, D, and Q and the numbers 3, 6, and 9 in the correct direction. Using tilting and swiping, the games involve kids using their bodies, which might help them retain their learning and apply it to the paper when they write. LetterReflex is a fun, effective tool for learning which way to write tricky letters and numbers.

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On-screen hands demonstrate how to play, so a kid is led through the experience.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that LetterReflex is a fun, interactive way to help young elementary school-age kids who struggle with letter and number reversals. It can serve as an effective therapy tool for second and third graders, but it's also a great way for kindergartners or first-graders to practice distinguishing between left and right (reversals are still developmentally appropriate in the youngest grades). Two interactive games are included to help kids practice swiping letters up, down, and sideways to differentiate between B, Q, P, D, 3, 6, and 9. Both games use varied approaches to help kids who benefit from seeing and touching. Parents can email reports to teachers and therapists.

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What's it about?

LETTERREFLEX uses games and hands-on activities to help kids differentiate the commonly confused letters P, Q, B, and D and the numbers 3, 6, and 9. In "Tilt It," kids practice flipping and swiping letters, which takes time to understand but with practice makes more sense than handwriting. "Letter Discrimination" has more of an arcade feel as kids swipe up, down, and sideways to roll a ball, which makes the correct letter or number. The challenge increases as kids play. 

Is it any good?

LetterReflex is appealing because it uses games to help kids learn, rather than having them write a line of letters over and over. When kids tire of one game, they can play the other, and both will become more challenging as they progress. The simple approach and multiple movements required to play (tilting and swiping) will have kids engage with reversed letters and numbers in new ways, which may help them when they go back to pencil and paper.

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  • Families can talk about directions -- left and right -- as they go about their daily routines.

  • Have kids practice writing letters in shaving cream or sand: Writing in different textures often helps kids recreate the letters when they return to pencil and paper.

  • Tell your kids to give two thumbs up, and then hold the knuckles of both hands together. The left hand makes the shape of a B, and the right makes the shape of a D. This is a kinesthetic way to remember the letters' directions.

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