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Does your child have difficulty in deciding which hand to use when writing with a pencil? Here is an easy technique to help determine their dominant hand.
1. Place a sheet of paper and a pencil on your child's desk / writing area; then ask them to draw a picture. Record on a calendar or separate sheet which hand they selected to complete this activity.
2. Repeat this process for the next 2 weeks.
3. Whichever hand was chosen most frequently should be considered their dominant hand.
4. From now on, when you child sits down to perform a pencil-paper task, simply place a colorful dot somewhere on the thumb of their dominant hand. I found that erasable markers work quite well for this task. Eventually, your child will automatically select the correct hand without any marks.
Whether your child is left or right-handed, it is important that your child grips the pencil correctly.
1. Ask them to create a sort of triangle using only their thumb, pointer finger, and middle finger.
2. Next, have them hold the pencil between the thumb and pointer finger.
3. Finally, your child should add their middle finger directly underneath the pencil for support. The middle finger should not touch either the thumb or pointer finger.
4. The two remaining fingers are not used for gripping the pencil and should be folded inward toward the hand and stay out of the way.
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