Left or Right Confusingly Annoying!

leftorrightconfusionThis is my pet hate about being dyslexic.  I have to continually correct myself over left and right.

You see, it just doesn’t stick. But I do have tricks that help me remember.  And that’s what’s important.

For me, just looking left or right doesn’t help me, I don’t have that innate ability to just remember left from right.

Sometimes left feels like right and right feels like left.

Except when i use my simple tricks.  If I move my whole arm (not just my hand) and point.  Also if I imagine turning right with my whole body – actually moving my body 90 degrees really helps too.  I’ve come up with these little tricks just because they work for me.  Some find using their hand to make an L shape works – but many kids find this even more confusing.

I have to be really careful at the moment because I’m teaching my 2 year old to look left and right before crossing the road.  Except it’s really important to look right first then left then right again (yes I did have to think about that before I typed it!)  So I’m being extra vigilant about using my tricks and I may even have to come up with new ones.

So how does this help you?  The important thing to remember about dyslexia is that dyslexia does not manifest itself in each person in exactly the same way so we all have to find our own little tricks that work for us.  You’ll find that my tricks work for some children but not others.  You can have fun finding the tricks that work for you and your children.

P.S. Not everyone who confuses left and right is dyslexic.

P.P.S. You might find Bulldog Letter Reversals useful if you have children that confuse b and d as well as left and right.

P.P.P.S I read another post recently about tricks to help dyslexia.  You might find this helpful too

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