2E: Hand dominance support

Are you left handed? Right handed? Perhaps you are one of the minority of the population who are ambidextrous? As your brain developed, hand dominance established itself and this is important as we usually have what we call a ‘working hand’ and a ‘helping hand’.

We would expect to see hand preference developing during the ages 3 – 5, however it can be later. It is important that as educators, we don’t try to force dominance to become established. Nonetheless, there are ways of recognising issues and methods to support as shown on the presentation and video on this page.

Key Points

  • Hand dominance usually establishes itself between the ages of 3-5 although it can be later
  • Don’t try to force dominance to become established