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What if I think my child is left handed?

All truly left-handed child must be allowed to write with this hand.

 

A left-handed writer may experience difficulties unknown to the right-handed child. However, with careful instruction, the left-handed child should learn to write with considerable fluency.

 

Some problems which may be experienced are:

  • Free writing movements may be restricted as the writing arm moves towards and across the body rather than moving away.

  • What is being written is hidden and as the hand passes over the writing, smudging may occur. It is also difficult to write fluently when what is being written is partially covered.

  • Writing from left to right is against the natural movement of the left-handed writer. The writing instrument (pen, pencil) must be pushed rather than pulled across the paper.

  • Demonstration by a right-handed adult is often confusing.

     

     

    These may help to minimise difficulties:

     

  • Pencil hold - The pencil should be held slightly farther from the point than is usual to enable the child to better see what is being written.

  • Paper position - The paper should be placed slightly to the left of the writer and tilted to the right.

  • Body position - The body may be turned slightly to the right to allow the left arm greater freedom of movement.

  • Hand and arm should not exclude light. Ideally, light should come from behind and over the right shoulder.
  • The left-handed writer should be placed to the left of a right-handed writer to avoid restriction of arm movement.

 

 

 

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