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Loving Lefties: How to Raise Your Left-Handed Child in a Right-Handed World [Paperback]

Jane M. Healey
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1 Nov 2001
For a left-handed child in a right-friendly world, tasks that should come easily can seem confusing and frustrating. Parents of the more than 400,000 lefties born annually in the United States have had no resource that deals seriously with the learning difficulties their children face -- until now. Loving Lefties is the first ever guide to address all the issues pertinent to left-handedness: the biology, the physiology, and the psychological and practical effects of being a left-handed child. An essential aid for parents, teachers, and professionals, it covers the history and mythology of the left-handed brain, and offers sound advice on: • recognizing left-handedness in a child • making your child's home and school lefty-friendly • giving your child appropriate direction and encouragement • identifying the advantages of being left-handed • helping your child learn the skills his right-handed parents, instructors, and siblings consider basic. Filled with resource lists, guidelines, quick tips, answers to frequently asked questions, case studies, and anecdotes, Loving Lefties is the essential guide for raising a happy, healthy southpaw.

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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Atria (1 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743407504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743407502
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane M. Healey, Ph.D. has been an assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York for the past fifteen years. She received her predoctoral neuropsychology training at Montefiore Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and her postdoctoral neuropsychology training at the Boston VA Medical Center. She has extensive teaching and research credentials in the areas of left-handedness, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loving Lefties 21 Dec 2006
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This book is interesting in parts but very American. I wanted to learn how I can practically support a five year old in learning to write and others problems that lefties have that I'm not aware of. It's O.K. if you want to learn about the different theories of handedness but not a quick and easy reference and guidelines.
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be warned, i can ramble a bit.

i have not read this book yet but being left handed i just wanted to comment a bit. growing up i used my fork with my left hand and my knife with my right ( i think some left handers use a fork in their right hand, apologies if im wrong) , did not have any 'special' tools to enable me to 'cope' with being left handed ( indeed when i did occassionally use something especially made for left handers, i found it a struggle) and never thought anything of being left handed until someone in my adult life asked me if my hand was tied beind my back when i was at school to try to get me to use my right hand, i think i was speechless when asked this because how utterly ridiculous is that? ( i was born in the eighties) my parents and sister are all right handed and i think the majority of my family are ( i think however i was told once that there is one left hander in every family on my dads side) and i was never treated differently, all i remember is having to blot my books after having written wth cartridge pen to prevent smudging, and i think most students did that anyway. being left handed is not a disability, granted it does make certain things a little more difficult (writing on paper that is in a ring binder for example, but then you just take it out) but really it just means that i use my left hand for a lot more things than my right. its not a big deal and its good that another reviewer doesnt understand either. i will probably read this book at some point because i do find the fact that one in ten are born left handed is fascinating. to be honest, i like being left handed because sometimes its something that can possibly be one of the reasons why another person would find you fascinating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars haven't read it either 16 Mar 2008
I too am a leftie with a leftie mum. I liked the previous review who also had not read it, but a balance of info is always good. Lefties learn differently, we need to see the whole concept before we can understand the parts, so school can be frustrating for us as we can appear to learn more slowly. Our intelligence can then be underestimated and we can be judged to be less clever than we are.
I have lots of specialist left handed stuff, like scissors, knives, corkscrew. But other than that I got on well. Sport was a problem in certain areas, I was good at it and putting a leftie in a relay race with righties means that the baton gets dropped at the change overs.
Not all lefties have the advantage of having leftie support within the family and I expect these books are aimed at them. Great.
I think being a leftie is why I find learning dance routines impossible. I need to see the overview first as breaking it down into bits is too hard. Bizzarely.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand?..... 26 April 2007
I am left-handed. My six year old daughter is too. My mother is, and my grandmother was (although, back in her days at school she was ofcourse forced to write right-handed). I have to admit I'm not exactly reviewing this book as I haven't read it, but I've just come across it on an amazon search while looking for a 'fun' book for lefties (interesting facts about the brian and so on - about why we're either left/right handed etc., that I once saw advertised). I just don't understand why anyone would need a book to tell them how to raise a left-handed child? I was under the impression that the concept that left-handedness was a problem was from my grandmother's era. From my own personal experience (including that of my Mum and my daughter) being left-handed has never been a problem (to any of us), it's just part of me - the same as the colour of my eyes etc. Has someone also written a book called 'Loving Ginger: How to Raise your red-headed child in a blonde/brunette world'? (Perhaps someone ought to - as the colour of a child's hair is far more noticable to other children than which hand they use to write with....!!!!!!) I guess I felt compelled to write this 'review' for any one who has come across this book who has an up-until-now completely right-handed family and have discovered their little child is left-handed. Don't read this title and panic that left-handedness is a potential disability that requires the information contained in this book in order for you to cope with life ahead, or that a lefty may be hard to love, or may need to be raised in any way different to anyone else. I guess if which hand a person uses the most is a big issue to you, go ahead and buy this book. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Pleasure 10 Dec 2001
By "dikker-bibbe" - Published on Amazon.com
An unexpected pleasure, that's the only way I can describe this book. Initially, I purchased "Loving Lefties" for a friend who has had a lifelong interest in her left-handedness. It was not something I would have chosen to read, even if I was left-handed, but when I began paging through it, I found, to my surprise, that it is very well written, quite entertaining, and informative. Rather than overwhelming the reader with an endless spate of technical jargon, or writing down to her audience as is too often done, Ms. Healey (or her "writer," a Grant Jarrett? whom she aptly praises in the book's acknowledgements) draws the reader in and educates in a tone and language that keeps you reading and learning about an unexpectedly intriguing topic. I couldn't be more enthusiastic about this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY!! 8 Aug 2011
By Freedom Rider - Published on Amazon.com
This book might be appropriate for left-handed kindergarteners to read!! IT IS IDIOTIC and NOT HELPFUL!

This woman supposedly has a Ph.D. and writes like her audience is just beginning school. She dumbs everything down...but in fact, there is really NOTHING to dumb down because she doesn't provide ANY relevant or interesting information on the subject matter! I didn't learn ONE thing!

As far as I could tell on the e-book sample, the book promised a discussion of neurobiology, which was my real interest. She touches on cortical information for a few sentences, and that's it.

The book is ONLY 109 pages, and honestly the author probably spends at least a THIRD of that listing famous people who are left-handed. LIKE I CARE!! I'm left-handed and I know I'm unique. I don't need to know famous people share the trait to feel better about myself. I was raised like the other children in my family, despite the difference in my lateral preference. However, that preference alone doesn't necessitate special treatment or accommodations at home or in school.

The author repeats herself constantly...and of course those repeats are the SAME BORING information that I had a problem with in the first place!

I agree with the other reviewer--TRULY, ANYTHING can be published these days. This book is a total waste of money, full of worthless information, and generally inconclusive...I mean, why would a parent NOT love a lefty?

I don't understand how this book got any high-star reviews. I mean, are there really people out there who are so idiotic to believe that left-handed individuals can't fill out bubbles in standardized testing sheets? Let me reiterate that I am left-handed, and I was a straight-A student my whole life. Standardized testing sheets INCLUDED!!

Note on the e-book: the sidebar information was superimposed on the text of the book. What poor planning!

ADDITIONALLY, I don't know if a problem lay with the electronic version, but if not, the editor of this book NEEDS A NEW JOB!! There were too many grammatical errors to count.

CONCLUSION: Don't waste your money! I wish I had another book to recommend on the subject... =(
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loving lefties is way outdated 1 Oct 2008
By Diane M. Mouriz - Published on Amazon.com
I read this as soon as it came in & was real excited but take it from me.....FIND ANOTHER BOOK ON LEFTIES!! This book is outdated & honestly boring & poorly written. I was very disappointed. I did find another book by Lauren Milsom called Your Left-handed Child. That book is much more up to date & current.
22 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to call the publishers 26 Sep 2004
By S. Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Obviously, anything can get published nowadays. I wouldn't want to be rude to the author, and I didn't find anything wrong with her writing. If you want to know how to raise a left-handed child in a right-handed world, I'll save you the money here. Just raise him/her like any other child. It has nothing to do with what hand is dominant. Seriously, I think the self-help books are getting a bit carried away, now. I'm left-handed myself, but there were a lot of things that didn't necessarily apply to me. I can't see any reason why you would need a book like this. It's all stuff you've already heard. I'm calling her publishers to see if they'll publish my book on the proper way to inhale when you exhale without hurting your child's self-esteem.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money 1 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
To be honest, this book was pretty badly written. The author seems to have trouble leading the reader from one sentence to the next. Also, the information presented in the book are not very useful for someone who just has SOME form of access to general reading material like news, magazine and internet articles. All the book does is telling us the obvious in a different way. I don't learn anything new from reading this book. If you are totally clueless about lefties, you may learn something. Otherwise, don't buy this book. It's a waste of your time and money.
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