But aside from making it tough to cut a straight line with a pair of scissors designed for righties, being a southpaw can also have some subtle effects on our physical and mental health.
Languages that are written left-to-right, like English, are more difficult to write with the left hand -- a right-hander writes left handed person writing a book from his body and pulls the pencil, while a left-hander must write toward his body and push the pencil.
If a left-handed child is only permitted to write with the left hand but not taught how to write, the child may develop a needlessly uncomfortable, inefficient, slow, messy way of writing that will be a lifelong hardship.
Therefore, it is especially important for parents and teachers to understand how to teach left-handed children to write correctly. The most important factors are: The "hooked" style of writing that one often sees in left-handers see Figure 1 results from lack of proper training -- this is not how a left-hander should write.
Left-handers adopt this posture because they are trying to see what they are writing and not smear what they have just written with their hand, while maintaining a right-slant to their letters -- these problems are better overcome by paper positioning and pencil grip with the understanding that a right-slant is not mandatory, that upright or left-slanted letters are acceptable REFS: The paper is placed so that the child's hand is to the left of, and away from, the body at the start of the writing line, and ends the line with the hand closer and in front of the body or slightly to the left of midline.
The angle that the paper is tilted will vary according to individual children -- the important thing for the child to remember is to keep the arm perpendicular to the bottom of the page or slate writing tablet see Figure 2. The wrist should be straight not bent. And the writing hand should be below the writing line.
Teach left-handed children to remember three things as they learn to write: Proper posture, paper position, and grip for left-handed writing Because the act of writing involves the whole arm, tilting the paper affords a writer the most efficient and comfortable position for the wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Some teachers have found it helpful to let the left-handed child start writing, or practice writing, on a chalkboard mounted on the wall or on the ground, using a stick in soft, smooth soil.
This allows the child to move the entire arm freely, keep the wrist straight, and not worry about seeing or smudging the writing, making it easier for the child to concentrate on learning to form the figures REFS: Gardner ; Clark Teachers and researchers recommend the child grip the pencil around 2.
Gardner ; Cole ; Clark If the child tends to hold the pencil too close to the point, the teacher can make a mark on the pencil at the right distance, to remind the student where to grip the pencil.
The wrist should be fairly straight, not bent sharply. A common problem for all young children learning to write is gripping the pencil too tightly, making writing tense and tiresome. Usually the child learns to relax his or her grip as writing develops, but teachers can remind students to hold the instrument gently.
Frequent practice and letting the child write large letters, also helps children learn to relax their grip. Mirror Writing Mirror writing is writing left-to-write languages like English backwards AND also reversing the letters so that the writing only appears normal when held up to a mirror and the reflection viewed see Figure 3.
Example of Mirror Writing Some people are able to write quite easily and naturally this way for instance, the Italian inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci famously kept his notebooks in mirror script.
If a left-handed child has a tendency to mirror write, the teacher can help him or her overcome this by making sure the child always begins writing on the left side of the page. This can be done by placing a mark on the left side of child's paper showing which side to start writing from. If the mirror-writing persists, the teacher can try other strategies to help the child establish the correct direction and orientation of the letters.
For instance, the child can be instructed to slowly and carefully copy text from a correctly written page. If the child has trouble even copying text, the teacher can have the child trace over correctly written words in either case, remember to mark the starting point on the left side. How to Correct Bad Writing Habits If a child has already started writing the wrong way, a parent or teacher may wish to re-educate the beginning writer.
Cole reported good results re-training young children after a period of six weeks. To be successful, parents and teachers must agree on the process and work closely with the child.
Explain to the child that you're going to show him or her how to write easier, and that it will take a few weeks to master. Demonstrate the proper grip, paper position, arm and wrist position, etc.
Work closely with the child for short 10 minutes to start but frequent at least once a day practice sessions. Remember that it is hard to break old habits and replace them with new ones, and that this will be a temporary strain for the child.
Be sure to give the child lots of encouragment and support during this difficult period. References Cited Clark, Margaret M. Handwriting for left-handed children.Left Hand Writing, An Art Book: Trace letters and words, Learn line-arts, Enjoy stories and riddles, The foundation of an artistic & creative mind (Handwriting For Lefties) Writing Left-handed: A Guide for Parents and Teachers of Left-handed Children Mar by Jean Alston.
Nov 03, · Here's a look at some of the most common facts about being left-handed, and what it might really mean for your health. Here's a look at some of the most common facts about being left-handed.
Proper posture, paper position, and grip for left-handed writing Because the act of writing involves the whole arm, tilting the paper affords a writer the most efficient and comfortable position for the wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
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