Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Handedness – the Bottom Line

As a parent and/or care provider and/or teacher, what would be an appropriate position to take regarding handedness? My brain’s opinion is to void imposing your handedness on any child with whom you come into contact. Allow the brain to do what the brain wants to do in terms of handedness, because the brain knows how it was wired, and there does appear to be an energy advantage when handedness follows its brain’s wiring. Strategies? Place utensils and pencils and crayons and toys in front of the child in the midline and allow the child to select which hand to use. If the child consistently leans toward the left hand, find a left-hander to interact with the child from time to time so the child has a model of someone who has a similar handedness.

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