Do you know what psychological characteristics related to the fact that the child is left-handed?

12 November

Finding that child is left-handed, some parents try to retrain him because theytake this characteristic as something negative and abnormal. Let’s consider what may be the cause of theleft-handednessphenomenon and what psychological characteristics the left-handed has. And, of course, the answer to the main question, that parents are worried about, is how this fact should be taken?

The priority of the right or left hand depends on three factors, such as heredity, upbringing, and derangements that have been acquired as a result of the birth injury and perinatal complications. The dominant hand is associated with the opposite leading hemisphere of the brain. For example, if the left hemisphere is dominant, the leading is the right hand. The left-handedness is the result of a special organization of the brain and the individual character of the child.

Each of the hemispheres, right and left,is responsible for its particular type of processing the information. So the right hemisphere is "representational", the information is processed immediately andperceived as a whole picture. The left hemisphere is "logical", the information is processed sequentially and the searching of possible variants comes.

Psychologists say that theleft-handed child has two ways of his development. In the first case he can develop fulfilling everything by the left hand, and in another case, doing all by the right hand, and then he may develop neuroticism. In the second case, retraining the child can be a cause of thespeech rate and rhythm pathology. But everything in this world was created by right-handed, and all created for right-handed, so left-handers have to adapt. Some part of the child activityhe will still have to perform the right hand. Parents should pay special attention to the training so simple skills that are difficult for left-handers.

There are psychological characteristics of left-handed, which are shown in the following: left-handers have excellent spatial orientation;they are more emotional, impressionable and vulnerable than right-handers; left-handers have more vivid imagination, and also they are more tending to fantasize.

Left-handers are harder to master the spoken and written languagethan right-handers, which is associated with a different visual-spatial perception and visual-motor coordination. There are no science-based methods of learning to write the left-handed children yet. There are also no techniques for physical exercise, where the child can learn to use simple tools, such as scissors. So parents need to pay special attention to training for such activities.

What you should not do if the child is left-handed: as a first step, you shouldn’t retrain the childas it creates a lot of difficulties for him. Retraining the left-handed to hold a pen and a spoon in his right hand, adults shift the options of the leading right hemisphere to left. Thedelay in the speechdevelopment and the speech therapy problemscan be as a consequence. The persistent retraining can lead to neuroticism of the child, which appears in appetite and sleep disorders, headaches, and so on. You shouldn’t focus your attention on the left-handedness of the child. Such attention can lead to the child’s low self-esteem and shyness.

In order for the child feels more comfortable you should follow simple recommendations. You should tell the child about the famous left-handers and other prominent personalities, so he doesn’t take his own characteristics as disease or strangeness. Talk about how they are despite, or because of their characteristics, have reached such heights.

You should organize the working area for the left-handed child, so that the light shone on from the right. The right slope is usual for the right-handed, but quite unusual for the left-handed, so don’t make the child do this. You should play games that develop the movement of hands and fingers, exercises with the ball, swimming lessons, etc. Spend 15-20 minutes a day to such exercises. The games for the development of fine motor skillsare also very useful, such as mosaics, puzzles, construction kits, bricks, etc.

If you havefound that the child prefers his left hand, you should take into account this specific ineducation and communication. You should notify the teachers and kindergartners about this, as they are givinga major contribution to the development of the child.

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