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Whether playing games, taking part in sport or doing schoolwork, coordination skills are important for your child.
Coordination usually refers to whether a child can get the arms and legs to work together in a coordinated, effective way.
In addition, many tasks which require coordinated movement also require the child to have good motor planning to time their movements accurately.
To get your child ready for school, there are 2 types of coordination skills activities that are are particularly important: bilateral and hand-eye.
Click on the quick links below for a brief description of each on this page.
This is the ability to use both sides of the body together in a coordinated way. This girl is pulling herself up a rope using both hands in a coordinated way.
Children with poor bilateral integration may struggle with gross motor games or with fine motor tasks which require both hands to work together well.
This is the ability of the eyes to guide the hands in movement.
Catching a ball and being able to hit a ball with a bat are obvious examples, but many parents don’t realize that good hand-eye coordination can also help a child’s handwriting.
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