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What is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill?

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What is bilateral coordination and why do children need this motor skill?

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. 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...

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Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension

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Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension

Improve handwriting and scissor use skills with wrist extension What is wrist extension? Wrist extension refers to the position of the wrist whereby there is a straight line between the forearm and the hand (similar to holding a tray of food) or the hand is extended backward in a push-up type position. Wrist flexion refers to the opposite position before you flex your hand forward towards your wrist so that there is a curve in your wrist. Pictured below, the top image shows the hands in wrist flexion and the bottom image shows the hand in wrist extension. Why we...

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Why is neuroplasticity important for children's motor development and learning

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Why is neuroplasticity important for children's motor development and learning

Why is neuroplasticity important for children's motor development and learning What is neuroplasticity? Neuroplasticity refers to the process of brain development when we practice a skill over and over again.For example, the photo of Phoebe below shows her practicing the skill of picking up blueberries one by one, to the point where she can pick up multiple blueberries without dropping them. The more the brain and muscles practice, the more neuroplasticity occurs and the more coordinated our movements become.   Learn more about neuroplasticity in my online motor development course - Click here   Every time Phoebe picks up a blueberry...

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Why weighted blankets are helpful for children's learning and focus

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Why weighted blankets are helpful for children's learning and focus

Why weighted blankets are helpful for children's learning and focus If you have ever had to sit on an airplane for a 5 hour flight, or sit still in a doctor's waiting room for more than 20 minutes, you will feel the pressure and agitation build up in your shoulders, arms, legs, and feet. This feeling of pressure makes you feel 'fidgety', agitated, and uncomfortable.   Imagine if you experienced this agitated and 'fidgety' feeling within 2 minutes of sitting at dinner, or within 30 seconds of sitting on the carpet at morning circle time.   Children with sensory processing...

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