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advice needed with child with no hand preference

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by sarahprice87, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. I also have a child like this. We think he is a leftie because he leans towards that when he is alone with us and has that preference at home but if he is with other children then he uses his right hand. Have you talked to the parents to see what he uses at home?? Oh well we will just keep doing all of the fine motor stuff and see what he picks
  2. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Most children develop of hand preference from an early age and it is usually
    established between 3-4yrs. This means one hand consistently acts as the ‘doer’ hand while the
    other hand acts as the ‘helper’ hand but some children may not demonstrate a hand dominance until
    about 7yrs.
    It isn't unusual for some children will show a hand preference for
    one hand in some activities and a preference
    for another hand in a different activity e.g.
    writing with left hand and cutting with the right.
    This doesn't mean there is a problem
    as long as they consistently use the same hand
    for the same activity.
  3. I have come across some families that do not want their child to be left handed. You might want to check.
  4. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Can you prevent a child from being left handed?
  5. You can try, and cause problems.
  6. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    sorry I don't understand
  7. Some parents, wanting their child to be right handed, keep telling the child to use that hand despite his/her preference for the left hand, thereby confusing child and causing problems for his/her fine motor development.
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I believe it was all too common in the past, for convenience, and (going back to the middle ages) because left-handers were believed to be possessed by the devil: sinister = left-handed.
  9. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I don't think they actually succeeded in preventing them from being left handed (ultra sound indicates hand orientation often develops in the womb) and researchers have isolateda gene credited with the the development of left handedness.
  10. My father-in-law had his left hand tied behind his back at school so that he couldn't use it to write! He managed ok - became a draughtsman even - but still had his knife and fork the wrong way round.
    Our little boy will begin writing or colouring with one hand and then swap to the other continually. If you hand him something he tends to use his right hand and uses his right eye to look through a toilet roll (a test someone told me they used to use to determine preference). He is very disorganised generally and still finds it difficult to dress himself - he puts his coat on upside down and doesn't even notice! I just wondered at what stage this should become more of a concern.
  11. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    My dad always thought of himself as ambidextrous. Actually, he always found writing with his right hand so uncomfortable [it gave him cramp] that, as an adult, he typed everything. Funnily enough, he was a highly accomplished organist and pianist had no problems with co-ordination. When he had a stroke which affected his language, he emerged speaking French better than English.

    It turned out that he had two equally dominant cerebral hemispheres. This didn't help him with his handwriting but helped him enormously with the piano, organ and speaking other languages. His father was a brilliant all-round athlete, by the way, who played football on an amateur basis for what is now a premiership team as well as playing for a major athletics club and a high-ranking cricket league club.
  12. That's amazing! Perhaps I should try teaching him french or keyboard then!!!?
  13. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    My dad was a bit amazing. Perhaps I should have said that he ended up a primary school HT...

  14. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I was totally left dominant until I broke my left arm at primary school and started writing with my right. I still use my right hand for writing but my left for everything else (I can use both but find most things easier left handed).
    My father also had his left hand tied up at school ... until my grandfather cut him free with pruning knife and told the teacher never to do it again[​IMG] He didn't!
  15. Wow!!! As a fellow lefty I find some of this tying hands behind backs stuff quite disturbing!!
    I was the only lefty in my class though and now on my PGCE I still am.
    I write, draw and paint with left hand but use scissors in my right - I hate lefty scissors, the colours distract me. I also use the computer mouse in my right hand but my lefty friend has to move it to the left side and use it that way which really confuses me.
    I am also good with instruments and speak Spanish and German.
    I enjoy being different to the majority of my peers and would have hated to have my arm tied back.
    I have just been on placement in a reception class and quite a few children in there are still deciding on a prominent hand and quite often switch between hands. We did the test on them where they looked through the toilet roll tube and the majority used right hand to right eye so it might just be a case of they are still deciding.
  16. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    A third of my class are lefties this year ... I think it's a personal record.
  17. I don't think I personally know more than 10 lefties!!
    There might be more of them now because we don't punish them anymore and we don't accuse them of being the devil.
    As I said, I always knew I was different and my placement mentor found it really funny when I would demonstrate everything for left and right handed chn as she is right handed and it 'never occurred' to her.
    Perhaps the fact that I see myself as different encourages me to promote that difference automatically.
    My brother is a lefty as well and we are the only 2 in the family. The specialist tried telling my mum it was because he is autistic and dispraxic but I am neither and a lefty. Work that one out.
  18. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    my son is autistic and dyspraxic and right handed in a left handed family
  19. upsadaisy

    upsadaisy New commenter

    I seem to have more and more left handed children in my classes than I did when I first started. We have lots of lefties in my family (hubby, nephew, sister in law, niece) but one of my girls in right and the other is mainly right but sometimes uses the left, however she is 3.
  20. As a right handed person in the midst of left handers I struggled for years mastering a computer mouse which always ended up on the left of the computer.my right handed son just used his left hand! My Father also told stories about being made to write right handed at school but reverting to left as often as possible.
    So I was horrified to come across families in my current school worried because children were using their left hand for writing. It turns out that some Muslim families~ who only use right hand for eating {left is for unclean tasks}were worried that if allowed to write with left hand, children may favour left hand for eating too! That may happen but I think I have mostly convinced them that writing is pretty tricky anyway so allowing children to use their preferred hand for writing had to be a good thing.

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