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Should I worry about mirror writing in my kindergarten son? From my understanding, dyslexia is an auditory problem rather than a visual one, is that true? Is it just that my son hasn’t gotten the directionality of print from left to right at this stage rather than it being a major learning disability?

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Mirror writing by itself is not troubling in a kindergarten student. Beginning writers are mastering several skills, including directionality. There are other factors (weak phonological skill, family history of reading difficulty, speech/language delay) that are considered risk factors for reading difficulty.

Dyslexia is a language-based reading difficulty. As such, if your son has persistent difficulty with several of the language-based behaviors I’ve listed below, you should talk with his teacher and share your concerns.

  • Learning letter names and some letter sounds
    Recognizing words that rhyme
    Retelling simple stories
    Recognizing words that share the same beginning sound
    Understanding simple concepts about print

Here are two readings that you may find useful:

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Dyslexia, Writing