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Re: mirror writing

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Clair/Lily Kerns (CWKerns)
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 06:28:37 -0600

> concentrated on doing this, only one girl not only copied the upsidedown
> signature, but she did it in reverse, like a mirror reflection. I tried
> kindly point out how difficult it must be for her to do that, and she
> no, it was easy. She did a pretty good job of it too. Would this perhaps
> indicate some form of dyslexia?

I suspect it has more to do with right/left handedness. (Is there a
connection there with dyslexia?)

30 years ago I had an accident with a power saw and lost the three middle
fingers of my right hand. During the month or so while it was healing, I
had to do everything left handed--an interesting process for someone as
strongly right-handed as I. I could write a little bit more easily --but
not very legibly-- if I turned my hand in that awkward position some
left-handers use (I believe that these persons have been shown to have
their right/left brain functions similar to right-handed persons). If I
held my hand in "normal" writing position, I could start with the tail of
the z and do it mirror fashion fairly easily (and legibly). (I believe
these left handers have their right/left brain functions reversed.)

I could play music backward--after a fashion, but trying to play organ
music doing the left hand staff with right hand and upper staff (melody)
with the left hand sent my brain into total and utter confusion. It's a
good thing I am curious by nature or the whole thing would have left me
totally nuts! Pity the poor kids whose brains do this to them all the

While I wouldn't wish this experience on any one, being 7-fingered has
certainly added an interesting dimension to teaching art!