Letter reversal is when an individual writes certain letters backwards or upside down.


Letters such as “b” and “d”, “p” and q”, “m” and “w”, and “n” and “u” tend to be the most problematic as they are the same shape just flipped or turned. While the majority of children outgrow this by the age of 7, if this pattern continues the child might have some variation of visual processing issues.

𝘚𝘰 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘣 𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘭𝘴?

Work on one letter at a time. For example, if your child is reversing b and d, start with b. Don’t introduce d until your child is having less difficulty with b. After that, you can work on other letter reversals!

Repetition builds muscle memory. Some kids need a lot of practice before they can consistently form a letter correctly.