Ambidextrous kids suffer for their skills

Children who are ambidextrous are likely to have twice as many problems learning than left or right handed people.

That’s according to research by boffins at Imperial College in London, who studied 7,871 children.

Around one to five percent of people have so-called “mixed handedness” – that’s different from true ambidexterity when people can swap between right hand and left hand for all tasks.

The study found that it wasn’t just learning difficulties that are affected by the condition – it also affects the ability to learn language.

Yet there also appears to be evidence that such children may well exhibit more creativity than left or right handed kids. The study, according to Imperial, does not mean all ambidextrous children have such problems – just that it could be a useful tool to assess the ability of children to learn.