Unusual Fine Motor Tips
3: Bilateral Coordination
This newsletter is the third in my series of Unusual Fine Motor Tips, which focus on lesser known aspects of developing your child’s fine motor skills.
My third Unusual Fine Motor Tip tip is to help your child develop good bilateral coordination.
A lot of fine motor tasks need both hands to work together. Just a few examples include:
-> self-care activities such as tying shoelaces, doing buttons, or using a knife and fork together
-> playtime activities such as threading beads, building construction toys, or dressing dolls
-> school activities such as cutting out with scissors, using a ruler to draw a line, or sharpening a pencil. Even writing and drawing require the "other" hand to hold the paper steady
With all of these fine motor tasks, both hands need to work together in a coordinated way! When one hand is doing most of the work and the other hand is not helping effectively, it can lead to frustration and poor results.
By the time your child is getting ready for formal schooling, he/she should be able to use one hand as the leading hand and the other hand in a supportive role. The importance of the supporting hand cannot be over emphasised - for example, it actually takes a lot of skill to hold and turn the paper at just the right moment to enable the scissors to cut smoothly.
If you include bilateral coordination activities in your daily routine, you could be giving your child a better chance at succeeding with fine motor tasks.
It definitely sounds unusual to work on your child’s fine motor skills by doing bilateral coordination activities, but it could give your child a tremendous boost.
If you think your child
could benefit from using the hands in a more coordinated way, then head over to this page on my site for some photographed activity ideas:
Bilateral Integration Activities
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