Reversing Reversals

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The Orton Gillingham Online Academy is thrilled to once again have Lorna Wooldridge as our guest blogger on the topic of reversing reversals. Lorna has a unique perspective on this condition as she has Dyslexia herself. 

 
Lorna Wooldridge
 
Lorna has a Bachelor of Education degree from Bath College of Higher Education in England, and holds a Certificate of Professional Practice from Roehampton Institute in London: “Teaching Children with Reading and Writing Difficulties/Dyslexia.”
 
Lorna is certified by the Dyslexia Training Institute, and is experienced in implementing the
Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching. She has also completed the DTI Dyslexia Advocacy Certification Course and the Orton-Gillingham Online Academy Basic Language Course (Based on Orton-Gillingham Principles.) She is a Level 1 Certified Handwriting Specialist with Handwriting Without Tears and is listed as a tutor through Handwriting Without Tears and the Learning Ally Tutor Network.
 

 

Correcting reversals can be a huge challenge for many of our students with Dyslexia. It is an area that requires a lot of practice to be remediated.

 

The most common confusion is between ‘b’ and ‘d’, for which I have found the most effective visual aid to be the “bed.”  I make the ‘b’ and ‘d’ with my closed fists over this image of a bed, and we discuss the head of a person resting on the ‘b’ with their feet on the ‘d’. We also discuss what would happen if they were reversed, which usually causes a smile, but if they can’t see it, you can illustrate it for them.

 

Reversing Reversals

 

I then flip over my fists to represent ‘p’ and ’q’, and remind them they go to bed for peace and quiet. With each of these letters, I ask them to shake the hand that makes the /b/, /d/, /p/, or /kw/ sound. You can also ask them to shake the hand that corresponds to each letter name. When teaching this, the student’s hands should be in the correct positions.

 

Reversing Reversals

 

You will need to do this persistently, and also ask them to check their work using the ‘b’/’d’ & ‘p’/’q’ hands and fists. An activity I call, “Making the bed!”

 

Less frequently, we encounter ‘p’ and ‘g’ confusion, and for this we use a Pig-under-the-Bed visual.

Erica Warren has produced some excellent downloadable books, that help students learn the recognition skills required to remediate reversals. I recommend the “Reversing Reversals Primary” book for a young student and then move on to the “Reversing Reversals Beginners”, 1 and then 2.

 

Reversing Reversals

 

If you decide to purchase them, perhaps you would consider doing so through my web page as I’m part of Good Sensory Learning’s affiliate program.

You may also be interested in this game, which we are planning to purchase for a student that has a lot of reversal issues.

Handwriting Without TearsⓇ, now called Learning Without Tears, has a whole toolkit of ideas to help with the correct orientation of letters. These include wall charts, desk strips and games. Their chalk boards, Stamp and See Screen, Roll-A-Dough, and the mat for their wooden pieces, all have a smiley face in the top left hand corner to assist orientation. I highly recommend their Wet-Dry-Try App that teaches correct formation of numbers, and upper and lower case letters.

There are many more resources on the market, but these are ones we have found effective for reversal remediation with our students.

What do you think about these adorable reversal pictorials? No doubt they, as well as Lorna’s suggestions, will make reversing reversals a much easier task for both teacher & student. Lorna has a plethora of ideas to create a fun and engaging learning venue. I encourage you to visit Wise Owl Services to learn more about what resources Lorna and her husband, Phil, have to offer for those with Dyslexia and for those who teach individuals with Dyslexia.

 

Thank-you, Lorna, for sharing your “reversing reversals” resources with us! As always, we appreciate you and love it when you share your knowledge and expertise with us.

 

Keep doing what you are doing because the world needs what only you have to offer!

 

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