Therapy Shoppe has an incredible selection of left-hand-friendly supplies, such as scissors and notebooks. The company also offers a range of writing grips and tools to make holding a pen or pencil more comfortable for a young student. I love how they use bright colors and even characters for some of these products, so they are vibrant and welcoming to a child.
This page gained over 30,000 comments about the lack of teacher education on left-handed students. These mini-testimonials from the U.K. all share one thing in common: how educators are so desperate for this training, yet no materials or information really exist. In fact, as one teacher points out, not much research is dedicated to left-handed students in grade school. It's shocking to read the comments, but it's also refreshing to know so many teachers want more for these pupils
Natasha Geiling writes about new research that identifies genes related to handedness in humans. The study, which comes out of Oxford University, also draws lines between language ability and the brain's different hemispheres. It also argues against the formerly-popular notion that handedness is environmental. I was absolutely fascinated with this article.
Laura Milson shares some of her trips to make writing less stressful for the left-handed writer. She states that left-handed writers push, not pull, the pencil, so this impacts the overall flow of the writing. Fear not though; Milson has a solution to nearly every left-handed problem. I like the shifting camera perspective throughout the video, because it allows you to see nearly every angle. Teachers are going to love sharing these tips with their new-to-writing left-handed students!
An occupational therapist, Christie, shares this blog post about the physical intricacies of teaching a left-handed child to write. She offers a whopping 10 pointers, from arm position to grasping. The list is also subdivided into functional sections, so the major points are broken down into several components. I love her positive and constructive tone!
Megan Power discusses left-handed accommodations in computer classrooms. Power reflects on a recent conversation with the mother of a Kindergarten student about mouse placement. She points out that accommodating left-handed students isn’t as simple as moving things (like the mouse) to the left side of a student’s midline. I like how Power compares working with left-handed students to those with different socioeconomic, behavior, and cultural backgrounds.
This PDF book by Peterson on handwriting explores how teachers can create the most constructive atmosphere for learning handwriting for left-handed students. I love how bird’s eye view pictures of left-handed writers illustrate the different ways these students position the paper and writing instruments. It’s pretty comprehensive and encouraging for teachers and students alike.
Ryan Thomson, discusses his experience being a left-handed violinist. This post chronicles his life as a lefty, then takes a step back to the stigma of left-handedness. Thomson calls out grade schools in the 1950’s and 1960’s where left-handed students were forced to switch to the right. It should be noted Thomson also authored the first book challenging the right-handed school of thought for violin instruction. I’m sure that’s a great read as well!