Reversing Digits When Reading Numbers
Date: 07/04/2004 at 23:14:12 From: Ty Subject: Pronounciation problem, when reading the number 15 says 51. My young son reads the number 15 as fifty-one. What can I do to ensure his language and understandings are corrected?
Date: 07/06/2004 at 01:51:39 From: Doctor Mike Subject: Re: Pronounciation problem, when reading the number 15 says 51. Hi Ty - I'm glad you wrote to us about this. Though I have not personally experienced it, I am aware that some children and adults have problems with the order of things that they see. Sometimes this involves only reading of words, sometimes only a difficulty with numbers and math symbols like "less than"(<) and "greater than"(>) which are similar to each other in a way. Sometimes, a person may have both number and word problems. The general term for such difficulties is "dyslexia" and it is not at all uncommon, and there are established strategies for helping a dyslexic person. Because you have observed problems, you may want to bring up what you have noticed with your son's doctor or school. They should be able to provide testing to help evaluate if he indeed has some form of dyslexia. I have included some internet web-pages below with information you should find interesting and useful. The final one is a commercial site, and I have no knowledge about their business or products, but their write-up has some specific comments about number-related symptoms. In fact it comments that, "The dyslexic may reverse numbers, and read or write 17 for 71." Understanding Dyslexia http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/dyslexia.html http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/dyslexia_p2.html Dyslexia Signs: Difficulties with Math http://www.audiblox2000.com/dyslexia/math.htm I hope this helps you and your son. This is of great interest to those of us in mathematics and/or teaching. Keep us posted. - Doctor Mike, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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