My 6 year old is having the hardest time getting those letters right! Does anyone have some good ideas to help with this??
My daughter had the same problem. I looked on you tube for a teaching song to help her understand the difference. She gets it now and when she forgets she remembers the little song and how to tell them apart.
perfectly normal! Something that will help though is learning the word bed. And imagine a little guy laying on the word bed. The word bed has a natural head and foot board, if the letters are not right the little guy can't lay down on it! Here is a link for a visual aid http://practicalpages.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/b-or-d-new-posters-for-bd-reversal/
Here are 2 other ways to use the word bed http://heathernow.blogspot.com/2010/11/differentiating-between-b-d.html and http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/product/put+bs+and+ds+to+bed+poster.do
My daughter confuses b, d, p, and c. We've been taking her to an OT and so far this is what they've had her doing:
Before doing anything involving reading or writing, she has to stretch "all the sillies out". She then has to rate if she is "high speed" (hyper, stressed, silly - not concentrating in general), "normal speed" (where she should be when starting school work), or "low speed" (tired, sad, depressed, etc). When she gets to normal speed, she sits down to begin a few exercises.
One she had to take home was to write down randomly a bunch of bs and ds.
then count how many "bs" there are.
Do it again on another line and then count how many "ds" there are. Then do it again but with b and p, then again with d and p. then again with b and c... etc. She's supposed to do that for 15 minutes every day. They said the only other real thing that will remedey this is to read read read.
It's something they should "grow out of" we were told, with consistant work on it.