Bilateral Coordination Lacing Activity and Functional Tasks
Bilateral coordination allows us to use both of our hands together in a coordinated manner. Coordination of our two hands enables a person to zipper up a jacket, hold a paper with one hand while writing and erasing with the other, and many (many) other functional skills throughout our day.
This simple plate lacing activity is a creative way to work on bilateral coordination in order to improve coordination in these areas. Find more lacing activities here.
Bilateral Coordination Activity with Plate Lacing
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You'll need just a few materials to create this activity:
Twist several pipe cleaners together to create a long piece. Using the hole punch, punch holes around the outside edge of the plate, every two inches. Start threading. It's that easy.
Lace the pipe cleaner in any way your child likes, as there is no right way or wrong way while working on bilateral coordination. Simply holding the plate and threading the pipe cleaner in and out of the holes requires the hands to work together while holding the pipe cleaner with the dominant hand, and moving the plate over and back again as the pipe cleaner is threaded through the holes.
Why Work on Bilateral Coordination?
Think about all of the daily tasks that you perform on a daily basis. Your brain's two sides needs to communicate easily in order for both sides of the body to be coordinated effectively. Hand dominance and crossing the midline are key parts of coordinated and fluent movement with the hands in functional tasks. Read more about hand dominance here.
This plate lacing activity allows the child to build and strengthen a clear hand dominance by requiring the non-dominant hand to hold and maneuver the plate as the dominant or stronger hand performs the fine motor work.
Typically, a child with bilateral coordination concerns will show difficulty with crossing midline, delayed hand dominance, or switching hands between activities or within the same activity. They will have trouble discerning left from right and knowing which hand they prefer to write or color with. They might also have impaired or delayed kinesthetic sense.
Activities that require Bilateral Coordination
Riding a bike
Kicking a ball
Catching a ball
Using a fork/knife
Cutting with scissors
Playing a piano
Climbing playground equipment
And any task that requires the two sides to work together!
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