Hand Dominance: The Skilled Hand

Hand dominance is a key factor in handwriting mastery.  Handwriting is a complex functional task that demands the hand to work efficiently with a tool. Hand dominance is a composite of skills as well, consisting of hand preference and hand performance.  (For more information on these components, please refer to Collmer, 2016.) “Children begin to develop unilateral hand preference as early as 4-6 months….[and] bimanual hand preference presents itself around the twelfth month…” (Collmer, 2016, p. 24) progressing toward a fully established hand preference between the ages of 6 and 9.

The article below is a quick study of hand dominance, sharing information relative to the recognition and determination of hand dominance in a young child as well as activities designed to promote and enhance the development and establishment of hand dominance.  The article is designed to be shared! So please do.  Just click on the picture below to read it.

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Hand Dominance – a key factor in handwriting mastery by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L





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Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, owner, Handwriting With Katherine
Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, owner, Handwriting With Katherine

Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of handwriting skills. In her current book, Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists, she shares a comprehensive guide and consistent tool for addressing handwriting development needs. She can be contacted via her website, Handwriting With Katherine.

Collmer Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation







  1. Collmer, K.  Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation:  A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists.  2016 ed. Waymart, PA:  Universal Publishing, 2016. Print.

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