Left hand or right hand?

Left-handedness or right-handedness gives no indication as to people’s ability to learn, their level of intelligence or the way they learned handwriting. The preference for one particular hand is solely subject to the motor dominance of the opposite cerebral hemisphere which controls the functions for this side of the body. Handedness is to be regarded as independent of people’s respective cultural or regional background and left-handers should by no means be forced to use their right hand for writing!

 

Pencils suitable for right and left hand use accompany the highly complex neurophysiological process of laterality in an optimum way, such as Jumbo GRIP colour and lead pencils or mechanical pencils made by FABER-CASTELL.

 

Between the ages of four and five, children should show a clear preference for one hand. If this is not the case, the matter should be clarified by the time the child starts school. Sometimes it is difficult to establish whether a child is right-handed or left-handed. Under these circumstances, his/her parents and further experts, such as occupational therapists, mototherapists as well as school psychologists, have to be involved. Before these experts come up with a final diagnosis, they should take into account that, based on latest research, a person’s footedness, eyedness and hearedness does not necessarily match his/her handedness.

 

To arrive at a diagnosis, experts mainly refer to activities which are merely performed by using one hand without being subject to many rules: tooth-brushing, playing dice, removing marbles from a tall receptacle and putting them back in, stringing beads onto a wire in a vertical position and similar tasks, while rule-based activities such as picking up cutlery with one’s hand are less suitable.