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susiedragonfly
susiedragon... , Parent asks:
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My little left hander is having trouble learning to write his name. Any tips or suggestions?

My 4 yr old son is left handed and he is having a hard time learning to write his name.  
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs, Helping my child with writing
> 60 days ago

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rkaiulani
rkaiulani writes:
Did you know that left-handed people tend to have higher IQs than right-handed people? Writing can be harder for lefties at first, but there are some things you can do to make things easier on him. Check out this helpful article on the subject:

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lynellen
lynellen writes:
Writing a name at age 4 can sometimes be tricky for both right and lefted handed children.  You might try having him write on an easel, blackboard, or slanted surface using very large movements first to learn his name.  Writing on an upright easel or slanted surface (like the old school desks from the 1900's) helps the wrist muscles close the fingers into an appropriate grip. Writing very large to learn the letters is easier from a motor memory standpoint than doing small letters on paper.  If you child's name has diagonal letters such as  A, X, M, N, etc. don't expect the lines to slant very much at this time.  He will be able to do those much easier when he is closer to 5.  Handwriting Without Tears has a great preschool program that is so much fun!  Have fun as well with sidewalk chalk, Wicky Sticks, finger painting.For a list of ways to practice the letters in his name without using a pencil, take a look at the list on lynslines.wordpress.com
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