Originally Posted by mandalamama
it's also possible she could be clinically ambidextrous ... try having her write with a pencil in each hand (on 2 sheets of paper lined up to left and right) and see what happens! they thought i had dyslexia in school until some wonderful teacher gave me 2 pencils, i wrote forward with my right hand and backward with my left. there's no "cure" for it, in fact it comes in VERY handy throughout life! i just had to switch hands whenever i couldn't write legibly (sometimes still do!).
Ambidexterity, like left handedness, is more common in dyslexics than the general population. So being ambidextrous in no way rules out dyslexia.
There does seem to be a belief amongst educators that "fixing" the ambidexterity will cure reading difficulty
. My sister was told by a special ed teacher that my ambidextorous nephew would not be able to learn to read till they got him to stop switching hands.
Admittedly, I did stop switching hands at around the same age that I started reading somewhat smoothly, but I view it as a bit of a coincidence. At a certain point, my write hand was just strong enough to handle the writing load that it was being expected to do, and I just didn't desperately need to use the left one as well as badly. Of course I was chastised every time I was caught switching, so once I was able to manage without the left hand I would. This just happened to correspond with the point at which I started reading more smoothly. It also corresponds with the point at which the evaluation of reading skill switched from reading out loud, to reading comprehension tests, so that probably made it appear that I had a greater leap in skill than I really did, since they were actually basing it on a separate skill (comprehension vs decoding.)