What is bilateral coordination?
Bilateral means "both sides." Bilateral coordination is using both sides of the body together in an activity. Many daily self-care and play activities require bilateral coordination skills.
How can I help my child?
The following activities can help your child develop better bilateral coordination. This home program should be used only under the guidance of an occupational or physical therapist.
Fine motor (small muscle) activities
__ Pop-beads or interlocking toys (Legos®)pull apart and push together
__ Lacing/sewing cards
__ String beads onto laces, pipe cleaners, or dowels
__ Shuffle and deal cards
__ Carpentry (hammering, using screws, and bolts)
Gross motor (large muscle) activities
__ Musical instruments such as cymbals, drums, triangle, and guitar
__ Play catch with a large ball or dribble the ball with two hands
__Clapping activities and games (pat-a-cake, Itsy Bitsy Spider)
__ Wheelbarrow or animal walks
__ Scooterborard activities - use arms to propel self through an obstacle course or pull self forward
Activities of daily living
__ Open jars and other containers with lids, and factory sealed food items.
__ Open and close fasteners - buttons, zippers, belt buckles, and shoe laces
__ Open toothpaste
__ Put on socks and shoe
__ Tear paper into strips and small pieces to make collages
__ Color tiny pieces of paper (hold paper steady with one hand and color with the other)
__ Use a ruler to make a calendar or graph
__ Use a rotary pencil sharpener
__ Cut with scissors
__ Swimming: splashing, kicking, pulling self along edge of pool using arms, and pulling self out of pool
__ Outdoor playground activities such as climbing poles and ladders and swinging
__ Riding a bike or scooter
This home program is to be used only under the guidance of a physical or occupational therapist. If you have any problems with this home program, or any questions, please call your therapist in the Developmental and Rehabilitation Services Department.
This page is not specific to your child, but provides general information on the topic above. If you have any questions, please call your clinic. For more reading material about this and other health topics, please call or visit Children's Minnesota Family Resource Center library, or visit www.childrensmn.org/educationmaterials.
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