#192 - When Should Children Establish Hand Dominance?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC February 23, 2022 1 Comment

#192 - When Should Children Establish Hand Dominance?

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When Should Children Establish Hand Dominance?

In today’s episode we dive into WHY we believe, and why research shows, that establishing hand dominance is vital to success with a variety of daily activities. 

We also talk about what it looks like if a child is struggling to establish hand dominance and of course, we give you our favorite tips and tricks to help! 

Stick around to the end to listen to us answer two listener questions! 

Links:

Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder 1 Hour Training

Fine Motor Skills Activity Course 

Research Article on Grip Strength from PubMed

Research Article on Grip Strength from AJOT

Research Article on Handedness and Developmental Coordination Disorder

Harkla Website 

Harkla Instagram

All Things Sensory Podcast Instagram 

Left Center Right Dice Game

Right Turn Left Turn Card Game

Twister Game

Solid Starts Website 

ARK Therapeutic 

Episode 38 - Sensory + Feeding

Episode 54 - Messy Play All Day

Episode 93 - Self-Injurious Behavior with Danielle 

 

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Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC
Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/l, AC and Jessica Hill, COTA/L are Harkla's in-house Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA). They have been working with children for over 6 years in outpatient settings. They specialize in creating easy-to-digest, actionable content that families can use to help their child's progress at home. Jessica and Rachel are the in-house experts, content creators, and podcast hosts at Harkla! To learn more about Jessica and Rachel, visit the Harkla About Us Page. Make sure to listen to their weekly podcast, All Things Sensory by Harkla for actionable, fun advice on child development.


1 Response

Tenora Watt
Tenora Watt

March 01, 2022

Hey ladies really enjoy your podcast and turn others on to it all the time. I’m a COTA practicing school based OT in Hawaii. I always think that when I turn on your podcast, it’s like chatting with girlfriends.
So this episode about hand dominance, I wanted to share that ambidextrous is the ability to complete tasks at the same skill level with both right and left hands. When a person writes with one hand and then throws with the other, that is referred to as mixed dominance. I been in plenty of meetings where parents are so excited that their child uses both hand and have had to explain the differences.
Keep doing what you’re doing. You both are fabulous!
Aloha and Mahalo
Tenora

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