Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ambidextrousness - why mixed hands are a mixed blessing in the classroom

Ambidextrous children are more likely to have mental-health, language and schoolwork problems than those who are left- or right-handed. One would have thought being able to use both hands equally well would be an advantage but a study of 7,871 children from Northern Finland by a team of researchers led by Alina Rodriguez from Imperial College London suggests otherwise. The team used questionnaires to assess the children at 7/8 and and 15/16. 87 of the children were ambidextrous and at 7/8 these children were twice as likely as their right-handed peers to have difficulties with languages or to perform poorly in school. At the age of 15/16 they were at twice the risk of showing symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and more likely to have severe symptoms.

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