I have long suspected my two-year-old daughter in left-handedness: she holds a spoon and a pencil in her left hand, and even if I put it in my right hand, I quickly shift it to my left because of inconvenience, the ball also hits my left leg.
Not that I was worried about this, but decided to learn a little more about these features. Here I am in a hurry to share information, and, perhaps, to hear confirmation or refutation of those who know about left-handers firsthand.
How to determine left-handedness or right-handedness in a child?
As a rule, the consolidation of the dominant hand occurs at the age of 3-5 years, but there are clearly marked predominance at an earlier age. To decide on your child, experts recommend to remember which pen the child used most often before the age of one.
As for my Anya, I remember exactly what I took the toys, and made the first attempts to spread porridge across the kitchen with a spoon with the left handle.
Mother’s observations of the baby will clarify a lot: what kind of pen he draws on new wallpaper, what kind of favorite spoon he takes, what foot he stomps to accompany the famous … the bear got angry – and his foot is top! Suggest your child to listen to the watch and look at which ear he will bring them, or what pen he will start combing himself or you at your request.
For older children, there are indicators such as finding one finger, handle or leg above the other when folding the palms into the lock, crossing the arms on the chest and putting the leg over the legs.
Why is left-handed and do I need to do something about it?
Left-handedness and right-handedness are determined by the more active work of one of the cerebral hemispheres: as a rule, in left-handedness this is the right hemisphere, in right-handedness – the left. That’s all the difference.
From this point of view, left-handed tots have a greater inclination to figurative thinking, musical and artistic creativity than right-handed people. Everything, of course, is not straightforward: my daughter, like a lefty, is really very musical from an early age – she dances hilariously and likes to sing along to the songs, but there is no particular passion for drawing.
Psychologists say that left-handers with a more active right hemisphere are spontaneous, trusting and very sensitive. At the same time, more than right-handed, capricious, tearful, persistent in their desires.
I agree with the opinion of modern specialists that retraining a left-hander into a right-handed person is not only unnecessary, but may even be harmful. Why go against nature?
Researchers cite data on which children who have been subjected to an artificial change in brain activity experience negative phenomena in the emotional and physical sphere. Appears irritability, aggression, headaches, fatigue and low performance.
In short, I decided for myself: it will be left-handed – let it remain for health!
Help still need
Completely forget about this particular baby, of course, impossible. Small, but quite surmountable difficulties arise when a child goes to school. Right-handed mother, as well as the teacher, is not so easy to teach left-handed spelling.
In addition, you need to take care of the right left-handed lighting – the light should fall on the right when he writes. And also to trace where the baby is sitting at the desk: his place is on the left, so he will not collide with the neighbor’s right elbow.
Well, the most significant problem is the experience of the child, that he is not the same as everyone else. Therefore, it is important to talk with the child about his features, to convince that this subtlety can even be an advantage.
I think with my mother’s love and care, left-handedness is not a problem at all.