My daughter is now 5 years old and she can't identify any colour.

When I teach a colour to her and, after few minutes, ask her what this colour is, she fails to repeat that colour.

What can I do to help, or at least understand the problem?

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    Does she remember the name of the color (is it a "verbal" or a "visual" problem)? Did you already see a doctor to check her eyes? Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 6:56
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    To clarify the above comment: does she say color words, but misapply them? Or does she fail to remember the words altogether?
    – MAA
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 17:24
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    Are you sure she is not color blind? Have you had her tested?
    – paparazzo
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 19:15
  • My brother is color blind. He said in school he would just say any color when the teacher asked him. It was about 1st grade when he was tested.
    – mommyof002
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 22:30

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Are you sure she is not color blind? Have you had her tested?

Have you been around someone that is color bind? You can point to something that is red and tell them it is red and they know how to match that shade of gray (e.g. find another red sock). Buy you cannot shut the drawer and open it and ask them to pick out two red socks (unless they still have the first red sock).

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    Colour-blindness tests are available online for a quick self-assessment -- which should always be backed up by a professional opinion if it indicates that there may be a problem, or that there is definitely no colour-blindness issue but individual colours cannot be accurately identified. Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 19:45

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