All children grow and develop differently. Some issues that initially cause concern turn out to be normal development. This guide helps you recognise common issues you might see but which don’t indicate a specific problem that requires treatment.
The following areas often worry parents, carers and teachers. But they’re all perfectly normal and don’t need treatment by a Speech and Language Therapist.
If you notice any of these in your child after the age of seven, and they seem to be causing difficulties, consider contacting your GP or our HealthHub for advice.
From about the age of four or five, children tend to prefer using either their left or right hand when picking up small items and performing delicate tasks such as writing and drawing. They establish a definite hand dominance at around seven or eight.
It’s common for some children to use one hand for writing but choose the other hand for fine motor tasks such as cutting paper. Quite often, children who write with their left hand find it easier when cutting to hold the scissors in their right hand and the paper in the left. This allows the action (left) hand to move the paper while the scissors remain fairly still, needing only to open and close. This isn’t a cause for concern.
Some children take longer than others to learn how to dress themselves, especially if they’re not given the chance to try. Parents sometimes find it easier and quicker to dress their child but it’s important to allow your child some time to try it for themselves.
The following areas often seem a cause for concern but they’re all normal and don’t require treatment.
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