How to improve handwriting - what is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill?

How to improve handwriting - what is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill?

Bilateral coordination refers to the ability to coordinate both sides of the body (left/right, top/bottom) at the same time.

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Why do we need bilateral coordination?

We need bilateral coordination to be able to eat with a spoon while holding the bowl stable; to do up buttons; to cut a piece of paper; to hand write while keeping the piece of paper still; to throw and catch a ball using both hands; to jump over a skipping rope, and ride a bicycle with our legs, and side step.

Children who have difficulty with bilateral coordination usually find it challenging to cut with scissors, hold the paper still as they write, put their socks on, do up zips, open food packets, throw and catch a large ball, etc.

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Improve bilateral coordination skills with these simple and fun activities.

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Learn more about bilateral coordination in my School Readiness Motor Skills Book.

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