Ok, Is this normal? Really, I'm asking. Why is he still doing this? He's been writing for almost 4 years and he still spells everything backwards. (he's 8) He still makes his letters backwards too if I don't prompt him to point them in the right direction. 90% of the time he uses cursive so that won't happen but he struggles to write and spell so much! The example to your left, brought him to tears. He started writing and I said "stop, it's backwards" and he gritted his teeth and wrote the next letter, continuing to write it backwards. I wrote the word for him and put it in front of him to copy, he continued to write it backwards. He had to start from scratch and I had to point to the place on the paper to write the letter and tell him what letter to write. It's SOOOOOOO frustrating for us both! He also transposes all of his numbers but he's amazingly good at math! 456 will always be written 654 in his book. If I ask him "what's 3X6?" he'll tell me "18". If he writes it down,, it's always 81.
I've tried putting a sticker in the left hand corner of his papers to remind him on what side to start writing but he acts like it's physically painful to start on the left. Please someone tell me what to do before I abandon this child and allow him to become a ward of the state!