INTERPRETING THE DOMINANT HAND OF A CHILD
As they age, most children prefer to use one hand over the other. Right or left-handedness will be assigned to them shortly. Some people may be able to perform specific jobs with either or both hands. Being ambidextrous or mixed-handed refers to this trait.
What is a “dominant hand?”
When doing fine and gross motor activities, a person with hand dominance prefers to use one hand over the other. Writing, cutting, and catching and tossing a ball are examples of this.
Because we don’t make this decision consciously as youngsters, having one hand dominant isn’t a choice. The dominant hand is determined by a combination of factors, including a person’s genes and brain chemistry.
Changing a child’s dominant hand should be avoided at all costs. Also, if your child doesn’t show a preference for one hand by a certain age, you shouldn’t stress over it. Talk to your child’s teacher or doctor if you have any worries about their health.
Children’s Hand Domination
Early in life, some youngsters realize which hand is their dominant one. Seven to nine-month-old children can use only one hand, but they don’t have a clear preference until they’re ten months old or older.
Hand dominance in children usually begins to establish between 18 months and 2 years. It may not be till the ages of 4 or 6 for some children.
In elementary school, teachers may notice that students have not established a dominant hand. Some people are ambidextrous or mixed-handed, while others will never be able to do so. It’s a fun fact that roughly 20% of identical twins are left and right-handed.1
Hand Dominance Types
There are three distinct types of hand dominance: right, left, and center. Read on to find out more about each one.
- People who prefer to use their right hand for most of their daily duties are considered right-handed (or righties). As a rule of thumb, the vast majority of us are right-handed. Left-handed people are more likely to use common tools such as scissors and can openers.
- Individuals who are left-handed, or “lefties,” may find some tasks complex since the instruments they need is created for most right-handed people. Left-handed people can now use many popular tools.
- Cross-dominance, or mixed-handedness, refers to those who prefer to use one hand for one task and the other for another. Mix-handed children, for example, can write with their right hand while throwing a ball with their left.
- More than one-tenth of a percent of the population is born with the ability to use both hands to do practically any task. They are referred to as ambidextrous (or ambis, for short).
We can do more when we work together.
The non-dominant hand plays an important part in accomplishing activities, even though the dominant hand is more efficient at doing so. Dual coordination is a key component of many vital jobs, and it’s referred to as such. When you type on a computer, for example, both hands work together.