children have particular problems in learning basic skills using the
wrong tools. These problems are easily overcome with some sensible
guidance and use of simple left-handed implements, but they often
get neither and end with an unfair reputation as being slow, awkward
and clumsy as a result! Difficulties include: Cutting out simple
shapes using scissors. Left-handed scissors have the blades reversed
so that the child can the cutting line and so that the natural
squeezing movement of the left hand pushes theblades together to
make them cut rather than pushing them apart so that the card or
paper gets stuck sideways inside the blades.
writing requires a correct grip and correct paper positioning. If
they are made to write like right-handers, but using their left
hand, they often end up with a very cramped position and a "hook"
wiring style that is painful and slow - not great for exams in later
life! As children start to use ink pens, a left-handed nib cut-off
in the correct direction is essential if they want to avoid a blotty
Even simple things like sharing a desk can be made complicated -
always put the left-hander on the left-side of the shared desk or
there will be clashing elbows and arguments all day.
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