b or d? End the Confusion!

Enrichment Therapies

March 20, 2017

Does your child have difficulty identifying “b” and “d”? Letter reversals of these two letters are common!
Here are some tricks and fun activities to help end the confusion:

  1. Explain that the letter “b” is made up of two objects: a bat and a ball. As you write the letter “b”, say “bat-ball-buh,” like this:
     “First you grab the bat, then you hit the ball.”
  2. Explain that the letter “d” is made up of 2 objects: a doorknob and a door. As you write the letter “d”, say “doorknob-door, duh,” like this:
    First you grab the doorknob, then you open the door.”
  3. Another way to help with b and d confusion is describing a bed.
    The letter “b” forms the head of the bed and makes the first sound in the word “bed.” The letter “d” forms the foot of the bed and makes the last sound in the word “bed”.

Work on these analogies to help teach the difference between “b” and “d.” See my next blog for ways to increase your student’s accuracy and speed for identifying these mirror image letters correctly!

Megan Hughes is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center. ETLC has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech language therapy and tutoring as well as offer a unique group, the Language Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP). At Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.


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