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Does anyone here know much about "Mixed Dominance" reagarding the left and right sides of the brain?<br><br>
My son is in 3rd grade and has some difficulties with spelling, etc. I was talking to a friend here about it who used to be a therapist in the school system, and was saying how the teacher is hinting at ADD. She asked me if Sam is right handed or left handed, and I told her right handed. But he swings a bat/golf club as a lefty. She then said that some kids have problems with mixed domination and to observe him doing things like opening a jar and having him look through a rolled up paper at something to see which eye he chooses.<br><br>
Today I observed him and realized that whenever I hand him something he takes it with his left hand. He ate his sandwich, chips and boiled egg with his left hand at lunch. When I watched him tie his shoe he holds the lace in his right hand and does the tieing action with his left. I asked him to look through the rolled up paper at the tv and he looked with his left eye. When he puts the key in the door, he uses his left hand.<br><br>
I read some stuff on the web about this and how it affects learning. But I am really confused now. Does anyone have any experiences about this to share?
 

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This is interesting.... one of my 3rd graders is having trouble with spelling too. His problem is really relying too heavily on the phonics aspect. For example, he can't seem to remember which words use which vowel combinations that have the same sound: ee, ea, ie, etc. The lists are always composed almost entirely of those groupings so if he doesn't get it, he ends up bombing big time. I don't know if that's the type of thing you're talking about though.<br><br>
Personally I write with my R, have a R dominant eye, throw with my R. I do eat with my L though & probably other stuff I've never noticed. Is it just a problem if the dominant eye & writing hand are opposites?
 

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I write with my right, but do lots with my left and kick with both legs and am left-eyed for archery/shooting. I had a lot of trouble with spelling ... which constantly annoyed my teachers as they couldn't understand why when I read so much, so fast with such high comprehension ... but spelling suddenly clicked into place over the summer between seventh and eighth grades. Like I had finally grown the right neuron or something. Not sure if this is related or not, but it is an interesting idea.<br><br>
I had (by seven y.o.) learned how to use a dictionary (including the OED...Oxford English Dictionary...the one that comes in a big slipcover box and has its own magnifying glass) and HAD TO anytime I couldn't spell something (parents would say "Go look it up"). At first I thought this was ridiculous because how could I find the word if I didn't know how to spell it?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: But, then I realized that by trying all the potential spellings, I was arriving at it by process of elimination and learning a lot of other words and info. at the same time.<br><br>
I was in grade school in the 70s and no one was talking about ADD/ADHD unless a child was in severe circumstances...like my neighbor who couldn't even <i>smell</i> sugar or she'd start bounding off the walls and screaming.<br><br>
I'm kind of grateful that no one did. I think I figured out other ways of looking at things and having to make up for that for so many years helped my thinking patterns.<br><br>
But, I don't know what other problems your son might be having.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Can you ask the teacher for some literature on this subject or do a search online for mixed dominance and add? (I know you have searched already) I have mixed dominance picked up by my eye doctor in my 20's. I use my left eye, right hand, ski with my left foot forward. I think I may have possibly been forced to use my right hand instead of left at an early age but am not sure. I always got good grades (honor roll) and had no problems reading, writing, or spelling. I have been a member of mensa and haven't noticed problems with attention span or concentration and have a master's degree. I think a lot of 3 year olds have problems with spelling and I have worked with some VERY intelligent people with advanced degrees who can't spell well but thanks to spellcheck they are fine. Perhaps this teacher is jumping the gun on the add stuff, they seem to quick to jump to this conclusion today.
 
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