Do you know that only 10% of the people in the world are left-handed? It is well-known that there are many left-handed people who are highly talented and accomplished including great leaders, artists, musicians and thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci and Bill Clinton just to name a few.
Of course, not all left-handers are naturally gifted and creative. If your child is left-handed, perhaps it is more important to find out how to help her navigate through this right-handed world and fulfil her full potential. A left-hander need not be at a disadvantage!
Firstly, it is good to know that a left-hander is predominantly controlled by the right side of the brain. Alot of creativity is centred at the right side of the brain thus it is common for left-handers to be creative individuals that excel in many subjects including music, sport and art. That is of course, not to say that right-handers are not creative but rather left-handers are equally creative if not more.
Research has also shown that left handers are able to handle better when large amounts of information are being thrown at them and in within a short period of time as the connection between their left and right brain is larger and better connected compared right-handers. This allows left-handers to make use of both sides of the brain to good effect and increase overall processing time.
Despite the various research results that seemingly reveals that left-handers are not at all disadvantaged anatomically, it is a fact that many things made around us are designed for the predominant right-handers. Hence, it is important for you to observe and help your child to adjust their left-handed habits comfortably into the right-handed world. It is probably a bad idea to force them to switch to their lesser skilled right hand too.
Incorrect handwriting posture of a left-hander leading to aching wrists, smudging and slow writing is a problem that has to be addressed from young. If you observed your child is still struggling with any of the effects of incorrect posture, you should start to find out how you can teach/help your child.
We would recommend using a report by M.K. Holder, Ph.D from the Handedness Research Institute here as a guide. For our ConsultAtutor personal home tutors, it would be wonderful to read up on it so that you can help too if you are currently tutoring a left-handed student.