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Coloring with the "Wrong" Colors

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My daughter is seven and colors everything with the "wrong" colors. She refuses to use the "right" colors (blue for the sky, green for the grass, etc.). I've suggested using the correct colors for things a few times this school year (I let it go last year since it was her kindergarten year), but she does not want to. Is this okay? Is this a sign of something or is she just "creative"? I vaguely remember reading something somewhere about this, but can't remember where I read it or what it said. :) I do have some concerns about dyslexia as she has been slow to pick up reading (she's just now reading Dr. Seuss books) and she struggles to sound out words (she can remember words extremely well if they are taught as sight words, but will also read "on" as "no", etc.).

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Can she pick the right color when it is explicitly prescribed, as opposed to being an aesthetic preference? Like if she is specifically told to color an area red, can she find the red crayon? It’s rare for girls to be colorblind-it’s a sex-linked trait, but it does happen. 

 

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Always a good idea to get her eyes checked. A developmental optometrist is the way to go for that, because they can screen her tracking, convergence, etc. 

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If she can color say a color by number picture the right colors as prescribed by the instructions, what she does in her coloring pages or her own drawings is her choice, imo.

Dyslexics don't usually present with oddly colored pictures. And age seven, though on the later end of the spectrum, is still normal for picking up reading. When taught sight words, mixing up visually similar words like on and no is normal. I'd be more concerned if she was mixing up non- visually similar words like the & and.

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My son colors all people gray. Not sure why, but everyone has grey skin color. And if she can correctly identify the colors, I would let her do what she wants. Maybe she's a budding artist for art not invented yet. 

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The reading issues would be of concern, particularly reading letters out of order in large-print books. Still she's probably going to test within the range of normal.

The coloring I would not consider a problem. Creative or not, it's her paper, her drawing, her colors. 

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Years ago, I had a similar issue with my youngest son.  After bombing the initial testing for color blindness at pediatrician's office - you know, where they show a circle with one color containing a number/picture inside with a different color, we went for further testing.  The specialist was at her wit's end until a light bulb went off in my head.  I asked my five year old WHY he did not see the different colors.  His response was that he saw and knew the other colors. But he was ignoring certain colors just because he just didn't LIKE those colors.! Mystery solved!

But I should have known, as this was the same kiddo that refused to be three.  He said he was two until he turned four.  Reason:  He just didn't like that number two.

Go figure!

 

Myra

 

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She can color things specific colors when asked, but it brings a lot of resistance. Her vision has been checked and everything was normal there. I will hold out on dyslexia testing for now as she does seem to finally be progressing with reading (although slowly) and only recently began showing an interest in reading things on her own... Perhaps she just needs more time. Thank you for all of the replies!

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Luna appears to be profoundly color blind. She is also visually impaired-though corrected physically, some of her visual processing is wonky- and speech delayed. She cannot identify any colors correctly in speech or sign. She says that light colored crayons "don't work". She can do some matching, but cannot choose the correct color if we tell her to. And she's a girl. 

It doesn't sound like this is OP's child's problem, but it can and does happen. 

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