The development of laterality is an evolutionary fact that consists of the child's inclination to systematically use one of the two symmetrical parts of the body.
There are children who are just as good with both hands and are able to perform tasks with both with the same degree of effectiveness. This is what we call ambidexterity.
Today it is believed that the number of pure ambidextrous is small. In addition, there are aspects that make us think that it may really be a case of lack of lateral dominance. This occurs in left-handed children who have been forced to write with their right hand or right-handed children who, for different reasons, have had to learn to use their left.
To assess the child's manual preference, different tests can be used, such as the following:
- Ocular preference: We will ask the child to look through a 'spyglass' or through a hole printed on a cardboard. We will observe with which eye he performs it.
- Manual preference: we will give the child an object and we will see with which hand he picks it up.
- Leg Preference: We will ask the child to kick a ball or ball to see which leg he chooses to do.
Sometimes, this type of laterality is related to learning disorders, more specifically reading and writing.
Therefore, it is necessary for the appropriate professional to assess the need for the intervention to prevent it from having an impact on other spheres of the child's life. Therefore, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to consult with the professionals!
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