Skip to comments.Ambidextrous kids more prone to mental issues
Posted on 01/26/2010 10:57:47 AM PST by Daffynition
Children who are ambidextrous, using either hand with the same ease, may be more likely to have mental health, language and academic problems than their peers, according to a new study.
The researchers say the findings may help teachers and health professionals identify children who are particularly at risk of developing these problems.
The researchers aren't sure what is behind this link, though they suggest differences in the brain between ambidextrous individuals and those who have a dominant hand may play a role. In fact, scientists aren't sure why some people can use both hands equally well (with no dominant hand), a skill also known as mixed-handedness.
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Yea lets label all the kids that are right handed but bat left landed ...Lets put them in the DSM ..we have space now that we took out homosexuality .
Maybe the parents can get SS for the kid < /sarcasm >
Darn! I was just finishing my research proving that kids with mental issues are more prone to be ambidextrous
I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
So THAT’S been my problem all along! Who knew? ;-)
This explains a lot.
There could be something to this. I’ve often wondered how left-handed kids react to being unnaturally forced to be “right-handed”.. On the other hand, some people are simply born “ambidextrous”. When my youngest son was small he was throwing the ball back to me with equal ease and coordination with either hand. Basically, whatever hand he picked up the ball with was the one he threw with. I kept waiting for him to show a preference so I would know what kind of glove to get him, but he never did. So I flipped a coin.
Fifteen years later he still throws with both hands and has both left-handed and right-handed gloves. He seems very stable, though. (shrug)
I’m ambidextrose - I can eat sugar-laden snacks equally well with either hand.
I always knew that I had a problem. But, with no drugs, I just dealt with it.
Check this out:
We often open doors right into our faces, but other than that "we're good."
There are quite a few humans, myself included, that have a “balanced brain.” Meaning, that they are not very right-brained, or left-brained, but draw on both.
The advantage is the ability to see the “big picture” and the “small picture” simultaneously (It’s great for coming up with many potential ‘solutions’ to a given problem. I think it is why I do well in the computer/IT support biz.)
The disadvantage is a kind of conflict (always seeing both sides of an argument, real-time), which these scientists may view as “mental issues.”
And it does affect learning. Story problems, for example, were a source of constant frustration when I was in grade school. I didn’t have a problem coming up with many possible “solutions” based on the number of possible definitions/interpretations of the words and phrases within the problem. Others grab on to the most obvious interpretation and then the solution follows.
My teachers were perplexed because I would do so well in certain things and couldn’t finish others in “the right amount of time.”
I am ambidextrous. It’s noticed by most people when I switch the hand I mouse with at will. If one hand gets tired from mousing, I just switch to the other—freaks ‘em out sometimes.
I wish they were more careful with painting with such a big brush. I would need more information about the study, of course, but leaping to the conclusion that ambidextrous kids have mental issues is dangerous.
My son is ambidextrous. Drove his kindergarten teacher nuts. He’d start at the left side of the paper with his left hand, then switch off to his right once he crossed the mid-line. Since then he seems to have settled on right hand for sports, left for writing.
My daughter is right handed, but when she first learned to write, she would write a line left to right, then go down to the next line and mirror write right to left.
That was so awesome. Everyone’s brain got tweaked on that one. Notice the smiles? A great moment.
I see both sides also. I have deep rooted convictions but my mental makeup looks at both sides equally almost to a fault. I guess I should have gone to law school and sought a career as a judge. Or maybe not.
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