Desk-Pad Lefty – the desk-pad for left-handers
Should left-handers be retrained?
Until a few years ago, a large part of the left-handers were retrained to right-handers. Today, left-handedness is a matter of course and rightly so! Every human being has a more skilled and a less skilled hand by birth and should be promoted accordingly. Who uses the “wrong” hand does not only look clumsy, but also will be slower. So left-handed children need significantly more time to learn to write if they are forced to use their right hand. As a result, they are often frustrated and have less motivation to paint or write. To avoid this, it is important to provide appropriate materials to left-handed children at an early stage.
Learning to write with the desk pad Lefty
The Lefty Desk Pad is specially designed for left-handers to help them finding a comfortable writing position. The printed drawing indicates an optimal paper and hand position. In order not to overwhelm the child the pad should be introduced gradually and playfully.
Advantages oft he desk-pad
- Learning a comfortable body and hand posture
- Avoiding blurring of the ink
- The child can see what he writes, because the left hand does not obscure the written
- Avoidance of evasive postures, such as the hook hand
In 4 easy steps to the perfect writing posture:
- Sit in front oft the triangle.
- Lay the sheet diagonally to the right in front of you. The drawing gives you an indication of its location.
- Put the pencil on your left middle finger. Hold it between your forefinger and your thumb. The pencil end should point towards your elbow.
- Hold the edge of your paper with your right hand.
Triangular crayons are particularly suitable for learning the three-point grip. Alternatively, writing aids such as the Sattler Tri Grip can be used. Due to the triangular shape, an ergonomic pen position is automatically taken.
When can the desk pad be used?
Left-handers should learn a relaxed posture as early as possible. Already before elementary school, many children have practiced a hand position by first writing attempts or painting. That’s why it’s too late to show them how to properly hold a pencill in school. Therefore, to prevent retraining, the Desk-Pad Lefty should already be introduced at kindergarten age. But also for retrained left-handed adults who want to retrain themselves to the left hand again, the Desk-Pad Lefty is suitable. The drawing supports the habituation visually and this can therefore go on faster.
Development with Dr. Barbara Sattler
The Desk-Pad Lefty was developed in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Sattler. She has been involved with left-handedness for over 30 years and is one of the leading experts in the field. Since she herself is left-handed, she knows from her own experience which problems this may be associated with. The development of the Desk-Pad Lefty also included the latest findings from practice. In addition, the desk pad was successfully tested in children’s groups.
Variants of the Desk-Pad Lefty
- The desk pad made of plastic is sturdy and skidproof. Thanks to its extra large surface, big sheets and books can also be accommodated. In addition, it protects your desk.
- The DIN-A3 tear-off block is more space saving than the Desk-Pad Lefty made of plastic. The 20 sheets can also be used directly for drawing.