I am wondering what, if any, specialty products for lefties are really necessary. My dad is left-handed and surprisingly not one but both of my of my kids are, too. I've never dealt with left-handed products and don't even know what is out there other than scissors. I'm wanting to figure out what I might need to buy before we really need them. Thanks for your help.
I'm left-handed and I have never needed any special products. It's really up to your child whether or not they need to use left-handed products. The only thing that was really helpful was when I got to college and I requested a left-handed desk because it was more comfortable to take notes in class. The hardest part about being left-handed is that we tend to think backwards when we are processing information and there is no tool for that. I don't even use left-handed scissors. (03/24/2010)
I asked my lefty son, and he said that having lefty scissors was very important. He also commented that spiral notebooks for right handed people were annoying.
I asked him about making do with right handed supplies. He told me that this depends on how evenly handed you were (I made that word up). Some people are very left handed and some a bit more ambidextrous. That makes sense.
I have two left handed sons, and they did use lefty scissors. There are also kids scissors that can be used in either hand, and work well. Some lefty kids learn to use right handed scissors because it is such a nuisance to have special ones. However, I wanted to add that your child may not be left handed in everything.
My boys did fine motor things, like cutting, holding a spoon, holding a pencil, cutting bread (as an adult) with their left hand, but large motor skills like throwing, catching a baseball, batting, holding a hockey stick were done right handed. We were very surprised to find this out. (03/25/2010)
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