Effects of Cross Dominance
During your assessment we will check the dominance of your eyes, ears, hands, feet – (hopping & kicking). The reason we do this is to check for Cross Dominance. “So what if I have Cross Dominance?” you ask….
Mixed dominance can be found at the heart of many frequently misdiagnosed problems such as emotionality, ADHD, dyslexia, slow thinking, poor judgment, poor sense of time, distractibility, poor co-ordination and control of body parts, academic shortfalls, stuttering, inaccurate distance perception, and a host of other inefficiencies of the brain.
Neurological disorganization can occur when there is a mix up between the dominant hemisphere of the brain and what is supposed to be the dominant eye, ear, hand or foot. Mixed dominance and neurological disorganization occur when a person will perform tasks such as writing, looking into a kaleidoscope, and kicking a ball using the dominant right side of the body, but will listen to the phone with the left ear, or turn their head to favour the left ear when listening intently. This person will process auditory information in the emotional-trivia sections of the right hemisphere, potentially causing emotionality, stuttering, and even letter and number reversals. Mixed dominance is not limited to just the ears, but can occur in the eye, ear, hand, or foot, and in any combination. For example, a person expressing favoured use of the right hand, ear, and foot – while also favouring the use of the left eye – may experience difficulty and emotionality while performing reading and math skills, and may even be diagnosed as dyslexic. This person will often bat or shoot left-handed while having difficulty making quick decisions in athletics; visual information is being processed through emotional filters rather than logical ones.
The mixed dominant person may additionally be accident-prone due to making emotional decisions rather than logical ones. The neurologically organized child, for example, would not typically chase after a runaway ball that has entered the street, whereas the mixed dominant child may be more concerned about winning the game (emotion) than he is about personal safety (logic).
There is a wide range of developmental and neurological difficulties that can be attributed to mixed dominance. The solution to emotionality, as well as other difficulties, is best pursued by identifying causes and correcting symptoms with specific developmental exercises and therapies. Just as you would organize a desk in a workplace, the solution to brain disorganization is to organize the brain.