Handedness is the property of using one hand more than the other. Children develop handedness (a definite hand preference) at different ages. Handedness is usually established by the third year of life. By this age most children tend to show a hand preference for activities such as throwing, writing, drawing, painting, picking up objects etc.


If your child is due to start school and is still not showing a hand preference, you may need to consult an occupational therapist. They will assist you to determine your child’s dominance as well as work on crossing the midline which is often delayed in children that have difficulty establishing dominance. Difficulties with learning to read and write can occur when dominance is not established prior to starting school.

Cara Adler - BSc.(OT) Acc(OT)

Occupational Therapist

T: 02 8347 0622

M: 0405 135 123


A: Suite 502, Level 4

Westfield Eastgardens, 152 Bunnerong Rd, Eastgardens, 2036