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My Daughter Reverses Letters, Numbers…

“My daughter is almost 8 and in second grade. She will still write letters and numbers backwards, often when she is tired but not always. When she was younger, she was a mirror writer, from right to left with letters reversed. She also tends to read numbers backwards — i.e. ‘521’ is ‘125’ to her. Is this related to her ADHD and lack of attention to detail or is it indicative of other learning disabilities? Should I have her tested?”

When we see reversals at age eight of this nature we feel a complete psychoeducational battery is in order. She may have a learning disability in addition to her ADHD.

I would have her tested now to find out. About 33 percent of the children with ADHD have co-occurring learning disability.

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