International Left-Handed Day – Resources for Lefties!

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August 13th is International Left-handed day. And so to celebrate, I am sharing as many resources for lefties that I can find. I never worked with lefties in the school system as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, so I need to refresh on how to work with lefties too.

Left-Handed Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Therapists. International Left-Handed Day is August 13th!

When Will I Know If My Child is a Left-Handed?

You might be wondering when you will be able to tell if your child is going to be left-handed or right-handed? Developmentally, a child won't really decide which hand is dominant until age 4 1/2 to 6. That is really a huge age range. It's important for us as educators and parents to provide experiences for a child to decide which hand they want to use natural and try not to force a certain side.

A great post to read more about this is Hand Dominance – Understanding Motor Development in Children from Pre-K Pages. It's written by an Occupational Therapist.

You may be able to tell if a child will be left or right-handed earlier by looking for the signs mentioned in this post: Is My Child Right or Lefty? How To Tell by Miss Jaime OT.

Raising Left-Handed Kids

Do you have a left-handed child in your family? Here are some tips and resources for you.

Left-Handed Handwriting Resources

This area is probably one of the most common trouble areas lefties can have. If you are a right-handed person, trying to teach a child who is left-handed can seem intimidating. Here are some tips for you.

Do you have a child who is left-handed? Share some of your favorite tips or resources below in the comments.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. Amy Kendall says:

    I am left handed and an occupational therapist. When I entered 2nd grade, I had the classic left hand “hook” pose for writing. Mrs. Rusie, my 2nd grade teacher, was determined that I not continue this awkward and painful position. She taped ALL of my papers to my desk for several weeks, starting out with them nearly sideways! Over the course of several weeks, she slowly “moved” the position to about 45 degrees where my paper stays to this day. I am one of the few left handed people I know that does not smear ink nor get a cramp by simply writing. Although I tried this with my left hand son, his teacher refused to follow through with it! I was livid and continued at home. He doesn’t use a full “hook” today but does have a different hold than I.

  2. Hi Amy. Wow, that sounds like a really great tip. Thanks for sharing it!

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