We are all different and our children are different too. Some are right-handed, and some are left-handed. Some people think that if a child is using their left hand more, it means that they are left-handed and they should be retrained. Does it really?
The human brain consists of two hemispheres. There is an opinion that people who have a more actively developed right hemisphere most often become left-handed. Such people have the ability to quickly make the right decisions, quickly assess a particular situation, and always find a way out of difficult situations.
They have well-developed intuition, creativity and imaginative thinking. Left-handed children are able to draw well, sculpt and have musical abilities. They are very artistic and individual. However, the processes of brain activity are still poorly understood. Such statements, which are designed to simplify our understanding of the physiology of processes, are rather superficial. In reality, of course, from the point of view of science, such statements weakly correspond to the collected evidence base. In this article we will talk about more simple and obvious things.
As soon as the baby is born, the right hemisphere of the brain begins to work, and the left hemisphere develops a little later, about the same time that the child starts talking independently and begins to understand others speech. Therefore, children at an early age can use both one hand and the other. When a child reaches 5-6 years old, their parents begin to notice that they are using one hand more than the other.
How to check which hand is easy for child to use? Simply ask them to complete some tasks. Observe what hand your child uses to brush teeth, cut with scissors, open boxes, collect puzzles, write or draw. Which hand do they use during various games? When doing up buttons, wiping the table with a rag. During these activities, you can easily recognize this feature. Obviously do not talk about this experiment with your child.
Do not consider left-handedness a pathology, a deviation, or even a disease.
Causes of left-handedness:
It is believed that left-handedness is an intrauterine development.
The progress of left-handedness can affect:
- heredity or individual peculiarity of the child (the most common cause of left-handedness);
- a wide list of factors affecting the health of the child.
If you have a left-handed child in your family, then you need to organize the environment appropriately. The light should fall to the right of the child, get special scissors, explain how to arrange the notebook and under what angle, how to hold a pen or pencil to help them quickly adapt. In kindergarten or school, warn teachers about the features of your baby.
There is no need to retrain a "left-handed" child! Do not force the child to use their other hand. Never scold them for using their left hand and not their right hand.
Even if you “teach” a child to use their right hand, in stressful situations they will revert to use their left hand.
In 1985, the Ministry of Health passed a resolution banning the retraining of left-handed children to right-handed people. They also made it forbidden to lower their marks for handwriting in school.
If you start to retrain a "left-handed" child, then they may become moody and irritable. It could also lead to sleep disturbance, loss of appetite, dyslexia, fatigue and headaches. There may also be problems with spatial orientation and psychosomatic diseases may occur, sometimes accompanied by complications such as stuttering, enuresis, neurosis and nervous tics.
Do not spoil the psyche of your child. This is normal. Left-handedness is just a feature, which it is also recommended to develop.
Train with your child every day and do some simple exercises. Make puzzles and mosaic, disassemble and assemble different construction kits, tie and untie the knots on a piece of string, offer the child the opportunity to tie. You can help develop the right hand. Also encourage them if your child uses both hands naturally. This is useful and can be good to them in the future. But, never force a child, the main thing is that they have the desire to do it by themselves.
Such children are very vulnerable. Give to them more attention. Accept them as they are and do not focus on the fact that that your child is "lefty".