Left Handed or left-handed is a condition where the left hand is more dominant than the right hand. At the age of 18 months, toddlers are consistent in using one hand, either using the right hand or the left hand. If your child is more dominant in using his left hand at the age of 18 months, it is not certain that he is left-handed. At the vulnerable age of up to 3 years, your child is still exploring with both hands. New children can be left-handed if they are 3 years old. Meanwhile, at the age of 5 years your child is steady with a more dominant hand. Although it can only be confirmed at the age of 3 years, early observation of child development is needed, as well as your child.
Consider a few things that give signs that your child is more dominant using the left hand:
- You can watch your child reach for toys, right hand or dominant left hand when picking up toys that are placed on them.
- When your child combs the hair or brushes the teeth which is the dominant hand, the left hand or the right hand.
- Your child uses his left hand more often when eating.
- Left-handed children, apart from using their left hand to stir, generally stir counter-clockwise.
- Your child starts from the right.
- In children who are learning to stand, they prefer to use their left foot while standing.
Left-handedness experienced by your child is often associated with hereditary factors. Leftal is indeed associated with chromosomal inherited traits. However, left-handed genetic factors that cause left-handed children are still under study. Meanwhile, parents often use their dominant left hand in their daily activities. So children who experience modeling or imitating behavior are more likely to use their left hand as their activity.
Left-handed is inseparable from the role of the cerebrum which has a function in the human body. In the cerebrum it has a left and right hemisphere so that it has an identical function of crossing which has their respective duties. Left-handed children are often considered impolite even though the dominance of the left hand will give a sign that brain activity on the left is more dominant.
For toddlers who are left-handed, don’t force them to use their right hand or scold them, which can cause your child to experience delays in using the right brain. So that children who suffer from left-handedness often experience delays in concentration and memory.
For left-handed children, you can train by preparing cutlery in the middle, this can help your child use the right hand. Every now and then you can give praise when your toddler can do activities using his right hand. You still have plenty of time to train your child to use the right hand skillfully.