Brain can predict but you can't predict brain. We consider that the two sides of our brain are mirror image. Whatever we are, our brain plays a major role in making us that. To know what makes us a left-hander or right-hander, we need to know few things about brain.


The brain has two hemispheres left and right. Both the hemispheres have their own functions. The left hemisphere, dominant in the right-handed person takes care of speech, writing and abstract thinking. On the other hand, the right hemisphere, dominant in the left-handed person looks after non-verbal memory, emotions and concrete thinking.


Dominance of hemisphere defines the individual personality and its perceptions and the way of working. Right or left-handed dominance is more a result of consistent brainwork. When efforts are put like that, our part of brain develops for it and we realize it as a permanent feature in our personality. Some believe it is hereditary, but there are different opinions about its hereditary existence.


The most common problems for a left-hander

Hook or hand


A left-hander fails to give a pen the smooth grip. He holds it in a manner which behaves like a hook. That causes a pen move above the writing line. It happens because a left-hander tries to give the pen an angle which generally suits to a right-hander. Thissituation is always very uncomfortable. You can't continue writing with it for longer. If you write with the same hold, your fingers fatigue very soon. Besides that, it interrupts your flow.


Writing on writing


You try to push the pen across the page, in doing that, you smudge the writing as you go on. In fact, you lose the control over the writing line.


Sometimes you smudge it with the pen. Sometimes you do with the tips of your fingers. Actually, it happens as you can't spot the finishing point.


Extra tight hold


In order to control your writing movements, you put heavy grip on a pen. This hold is pain for your writing, which gives you poor letter formation, no writing style and early tiredness. Tight grip causes early sweating. After sometime, you lose control on grip.


Quality of a pen

A pen having frictionless shaft is always difficult to hold. If it has a slippery barrel, a left-hander always tries to grip it tightly. As writing moves from left to right, a left-hander feels natural difficulty to write something smoothly. To cope with it, he tries to hold the pen with extra tight grip but he doesn't get anything of it except further worsening of what he is going to write.


Right-handed world

The left-handed writing is not the mirror image of the right-handed writing. A left-handed child needs more care than a right-handed child because learning associated with handwriting communicates extensively about the right-handed world. Movements which are easy for the right-hander are not easy for the left-hander. So we need to be more careful for left-handed children.


As compared to a left-handed child, a right-handed child is in a better position with his wrist and fingers for writing movements. For a left-handed child, it is very difficult to write with thumb, index finger, and middle finger bent together.


If you are a left-hander, you can't work as a mirror image of a right-hander. In case you do then you have to make all the down strokes by pulling. Occasionally, you imitate a right-hander by making wrist of your left hand hooked. But it doesn't let you get anything except cramp.



Left-handed children need to follow what suits them instead of blindly following the right-handed writing exercises. Some key handwriting techniques for a left-hander are:


Gripping a pen


Grip a pen little higher and keep it at less of an angle to the paper. Holding the pen at least 2 cm away from the tip could give you a better hold. With this grip, you can see the sideways when you hold the pen in the left hand unlike end-on when you hold it in the right hand.


The forearm should rest on the writing surface in a neutral position while holding the pen and the hand should rest on the little finger. The benefit of this position is that it will not obstruct your wrist a bit while moving. The wrist should be slightly stretched out, as it is necessary to set coordination between the fingers and a thumb. This position enables - the smooth flow in your writing.


Paper Position


It is difficult for a left-hander to pull every stem because in his case the finger movement is not that easy. To solve this problem, tilt the paper to the right and balance it with the right hand. When you write by a left hand, put a right hand on the right corner of a paper.


The position of a paper is not an issue for right-handed children, as they can put the paper straight in front of them.


Writing Slant


Writing slant should be set according to the convenience of the wrist and the fingers. If they are not comfortable, your hand is not comfortable, and nor is your writing. An ideal slant gives the natural flow to the stem formation and for a left-hander it is best when it is perpendicular with a little slant towards back. A little slant towards right is best for a right-handed person. Don't worry about writing with right slant. Upright or left slanted letters are as easy to read as right slanted letters.


Where to start


A left-hander should start from the same place always and he should know where to make that start. It is essential to stick to it because he has a tendency to write from right to left. Left-handed writers are especially prone to uncomfortable writing start. If they keep their hands below the writing line and their wrists straight, they can start comfortably.


Place and position to sit


If a right-hander is sitting next to a left-hander, it is better to sit with gap between to avoid elbow contact. Clashing of elbows restricts flow and style of writing. With the awkward posture and excessive force, you halt your hand from writing legibly. Decide on suitable tools and set up "writing friendly" environment to avoid inconvenience.


Avoid hooking


Take a position where you don't feel like raising your shoulders. If you do that, you lead to the 'hooked' writing style. The way to avoid it is to use comfortable table and chair. Match your body positioning with the things you are using for writing.


Write at a reasonable pace. In case you are uncomfortable and missing your flow, take a break and reset your posture. 

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