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Keys to know if your child is right-handed or left-handed


Sometimes we see a baby catch the spoon with the left hand .. but then if you throw an object at it, it extends the right hand .. Or children who write with the right hand, but later when kicking the ball, they use the left leg. How do I know if my child is left-handed or right-handed? Maybe it's ambidextrous?We offer you the keys to know if your child is right-handed or left-handed. Aim.

You already know that the brain is divided into two hemispheres: the right and the left. The right part of the brain (more linked to creativity) controls the movements of the left part of the body, while the left hemisphere (more linked to speech, numbers and logical reasoning) governs the movements of the right side of the body. That is to say: if the right hemisphere of the brain is dominant, the child will tend to use the left part of the body, while if it is the left hemisphere that dominates, your child will surely be right-handed.

Most of the population is right-handed, and we already know that (only 10% are left-handed). We also know that up to 3 years, babies use both hands interchangeably. That is to say, if one day you grab the spoon with one hand and the next day you use the other ... it is not that it is ambidextrous ... it is normal! But how to be sure if a child is left or right handed from of the 3 years?

From the age of 3, you can play these simple games with your child to see which way he is leaning (but remember that until 6-7 years you will not know completely if he is right-handed or left-handed):

1. How you eat. The first clue at an early age comes to us through the cutlery. From the age of 3, children begin to take preference for the right or left hand.

2. Throw a ball to him. With what hand did you grab it? Now ask me to throw it at you ... Do you notice if he always does it with the same hand? Does he do it with the same skill if you ask him to use the other hand?

3. Ask me to open the door with a key or doorknob. Which way does the key or handle turn? To the right or to the left? The normal thing for a right-handed man is to turn the key to the right to open the door, and to the left to close it. Lefties, on the other hand, tend to move their hand to the other side.

4. The scissors. With what hand do you use them? Ask him to cut something out of a sheet. For a left-hander, grasping the scissors (which are normally designed for right-handers) becomes quite a problem ...

5. With what hand do you brush your teeth? We instinctively grasp the toothbrush, so that it is easier for us to move it from one side to the other. Left-handed children will do it with their left hand.

6. Watch when she combs her hair. Which hand do you use to hold the comb or brush?

7. The pen. Left-handed children hold the pen and paints with their left hand. They tend to write on the opposite side of the paper. How does your son do it?

8. Twist the lid of a jar. Ask your child to open the lid of a jar (make sure it is not too strong). Left-handed children will try to open it to the left, while right-handed children will instinctively open it to the right.

9. Blow your nose. With which hand does your child blow his nose? Do you use your right hand or your left hand?

10. To check the dominance of the foot, eye and ear: Your child may be right-handed but have a different dominance on the foot. To check if he is right-handed or left-handed on his feet, do simple tests, such as asking him to kick a ball, throw it at ground level and stop it with one foot, or ask him to hoof or jump to land in one sole foot. Ask him to do it with both feet. You will immediately notice that with one of them he is much more skilled.

The same happens with eyes and ears. To find out which is the dominant eye, ask your child to wink, look through a telescope, or look through a magnifying glass. What eye do you use?

For the ear, you can use very simple tricks like asking him to listen to a small radio at a very low volume (which ear is he holding it to?) or trying to listen to your heart in his chest (which ear is he approaching?).

Remember that a child can present a homogeneous laterality (hand, foot, eye and left or right ear are the dominant ones) or crossed (when a child uses the right hand but has a dominance in the foot, eye or left ear, for example ).

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