Thursday, January 28, 2010

I'm ambidextrous, have ADHD and oh hi, I like contests too!

I grew up taking Ritalin. I also use both hands to write, showing no favoritism to either hand. Now I have something to blame the taking Ritalin part on.

Ambidextrous kids are more likely to suffer from language and learning problems, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), than their right- or left- handed peers.

A new study, in the journal Pediatrics, looked at nearly 8,000 children, 87 of whom were mixed-handed. Researchers found that ambidextrous children were twice as likely to have difficulties with language, and by ages 15 to 16, they were twice as likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD.

While the study doesn't suggest that all mixed-handed kids will develop learning difficulties, researchers concluded that, when combined with learning difficulties, ambidexterity could help identify children at risk for developing more significant problems as they mature.
Wiki says: Ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both right and left appendages (such as the hands). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are born ambidextrous are extremely rare. Some people may be able to teach themselves to be ambidextrous, by practicing equally with both hands. People that are made ambidextrous are called Penwald ambidextrous; they can also stop being both-handed.

Although ambidexterity is rare, ambidextrous people may still gravitate towards performing certain types of tasks with a specific hand. The degree of versatility with each hand is generally the qualitative factor in determining a person's ambidexterity.

In modern times, it is more common to find people considered ambidextrous who were originally left handed, and who learned to be ambidextrous either deliberately or during childhood institutions such as schools where right-handed habits are often emphasized. Also, since many everyday devices (such as can openers, scissors, guitar, etc.) are asymmetrical and designed for right-handed people by default, many left-handed people learn to use them right-handedly due to rarity or lack of left-handed models. Thus, left-handed people are much more likely to develop motor skills in their non-dominant hand than right-handed people (who are not subjected to left-favoring devices). Ambidexterity is often encouraged in activities requiring a great deal of skill in both hands, such as juggling, swimming, percussion, keyboard music, typing, baseball, lacrosse, surgery, body boxing, basket ball and combat.

In other um, well not news but stuff that I came across that was neat enough:p is having a "Best Hair" Contest. I scrolled through the first 20 or so and got some neat ideas however my ADHD prevented me from staying on the site doing one thing for too long. If you think your hair is interesting or just awesome you still have until April 2nd to enter the contest.

I would also like to remind everyone to sign up for the 2010 HGTV Dream Home Giveaway! Yes, remind others to enter lessens my chances of winning but I would be thrilled if anyone I know won! The 2010 HGTV Dream Home is a contemporary Southwest-style home situated in the shadow of the breathtaking Sandia Mountains in Sandia Park, N.M. The grand prize package — worth more than $2 million — also includes $500,000 and an all-new 2010 GMC® Terrain.

If you like to fish enter Take Me Fishing's Catch A Boat Sweepstakes for your chance to win a boat worth $20,000 or lots of fishing gear instant prizes.

If you love to travel enter Travel and Leisure's Cunard's New Golden Age of Ocean Travel Sweepstakes for your chance to win a $9,150 transatlantic cruise including gourmet meals and spa treatments.

Need a new vehicle? Enter the Camping World contest for a new 2010 Toyota 4Runner!

If you like Herbal Essences' enter the Style It, Wear It, Try to Win It Sweepstakes gives you the chance to win cash or instant prizes of gift cards worth between $10 and $100 or Herbal Essences products.

Told you I have ADHD;p

Good luck everyone!

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