How to determine the dominant hand of the child

In order that the test results were objective, try to comply with the following conditions:

1. It is better that the child did not know that you are checking something, so ask him to work out or play.

2. It should be playing by the rules: an adult must sit directly opposite the child, and all accessories, manuals, items should be put before the child in the middle of the table, at equal distance from the right and left hands. Better if boxes, beads, ball, scissors, etc. will be placed next to the table on a low table, so that the child did not see them, not distracted.


All jobs given below are the leading hand should be considered the one that performs a more active action.

1. The first task is drawing. Put before the child a piece of paper and a pencil (pen), ask him to draw what he wants. Do not hurry the child. After he finished drawing, ask him to draw the same thing with the other hand. Often children refuse: “I can't”, “I can't do that”.

Unable to calm the baby: “I know it's hard to paint a picture of the right (left) hand, but you try to” Cheer him, tell him he's doing all right. In this task, you need to compare the quality of the drawings. Make sure that the baby properly and comfortably held a pen or pencil, not strained while performing the task correctly sat.

2. The second task — opening a box, such as a matchbox. The child is offered a few boxes, to a repetition of the action has eliminated the randomness in the evaluation of this test. Task: “Find a match (figure) in one of the boxes.” The leading hand is the one that opens and closes the box. You can use for this task boxes with counting sticks.

3. The third task — “Build a well made of sticks (matches)”. First of sticks (matches) to build a quadrilateral, and then laid out the second and third rows.

4. The fourth task is “ball Game”. Need a small ball (tennis) that you can throw and catch with one hand. The ball is placed on the table directly in front of the child and the adult asks to throw him the ball. The task should be repeated several times. You can throw the ball to the goal, for example in a basket, bucket, circle.

5. The fifth task — cutting with scissors, drawing on the contour. You can use any card (cut flower, Bunny, pattern, etc.). Keep in mind that greater may be the hand with which the child holds the scissors, one of which he keeps the card. Scissors can be fixed, and a card, the child will rotate, making it easier to cut.

You can get an incorrect result if the size and shape of the scissors do not match the child's arm. This task can be replaced by the unfolding of bingo cards (cards). All cards (10-15 pieces) the child should take in one hand, and the other (usually the hand leading) to spread the cards out.

You can use the card baby bingo Card stack should be put strictly in the middle in front of the child and only after that again to formulate a task: “Take all the cards in one hand and the other put them in front of you”. In order to make it more interesting, ask him to name the fact that drawn on the cards.


6. The sixth task — stringing beads or buttons on a needle and thread or lace.

7. The seventh task — performing rotational movements. The child is asked to open a few bottles, cans (2-3 pieces) with screw-caps. Remember, the baby can hold the bottle or jar over the cap and twist the bottle.

8. The eighth assignment — the outbreak of the nodules (previously loosely tie a few knots of cord of average thickness). Leading is the one hand that unties the knot (the other holds the node).

In this task, it is difficult to distinguish the dominant hand, since the outbreak of the nodules — the process is quite complex and the child usually uses both hands. You can use a variant of this task — the compilation of a chain of staples. As a rule, the child in one hand and holding a clip and another clip trying to attach.

9. The ninth task — to construct from cubes house, fence, etc. , is the Leading hand that takes, puts and adjusts the dice. When folding cubes are often used both hands. In addition, it is quite a usual activity for any child, so you can duplicate a task by offering the child the designer, a mosaic with a specific job.

10. The tenth assignment is for parents. This data is about a family of left-handedness. No, the child is left-handed relatives — parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents?



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Create a table with three columns, the "Left hand", "Right hand" "Both hands", which bring the results. In the last zadanie, if you answer "Yes" put a plus sign in column "Left hand".

If you received more than seven pros in the “Left hand”, the child most likely left-handed.

Carefully analyze the results. If you got all the pros in the “Left hand” for jobs 2-9, and for the first — drawing — plus will stand in the “Right hand”, it means that domestic activity the child really could be done better by the left hand, and graphics — right. In this case, the choice of hand for writing, you should consider the right advantage in performing graphical tasks.published

Author: Natalia Bakhareva




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