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Winter Olympic Bilateral Coordination Activities
This article provides helpful bilateral coordination activities and games with a winter Olympic theme. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
There is nothing like the excitement of the Olympic games. Kids especially wait with anticipation to see their favorite athletes will take the gold. Maybe they even dream about being one someday.
As we know, to become better athletes it takes hard work, dedication and a lot of physical activity. But did you know that many of these athletes are using their bodies to also enhance their brain power to win many of these events?
Look closely as each athlete performs their event. You may notice some movement patterns that channel their brains to complete each routine.
Olympians Use Bilateral Coordination
Take bilateral coordination, for example.
Do you see how skiers use both their legs and arms at the same time to glide down the mountain? Hockey players use both hands and arms to sway the puck back and forth to make a goal. Bobsledders lean their bodies to the left and then the right as they follow each twist and turn.
Do you know how many times I hear parents say…
“Tanner is uncoordinated. They constantly trip over their own feet.”
“Sue can’t use one hand to write on paper while the other supports the page.”
“Jacob can’t grasp the concept of tying their shoes.”
“Linda has trouble opening jars and lids on markers, paint, glue.”
All of these types of skills require bilateral coordination skills. If those skills are not developed or utilized, the child may struggle and seem uncoordinated.
To strengthen their skills, there are many motor planning activities that can help.
Olympic Bilateral Coordination Activities
This Olympic bilateral coordination slide deck is meant to be fun and playful for strengthening a child or students’ motor planning skills. Use these warm-up activities in therapy sessions, virtual sessions or at home while working with children.
This free slide deck can be uploaded to Google slides for your virtual sessions or for socially distanced learning.
To learn more about the benefits of bilateral coordination movements and how it can impact your child’s reading, writing and learning ability, click here.
Many times, the child needs to use their bilateral coordination and motor planning skills without even realizing it. Simple tasks such as buttoning a shirt, pulling on shoes and putting on pants requires bilateral coordination.
To build the connections in the brain for higher learning, we need to strengthen our child’s motor planning and bilateral coordination. That way, learning becomes automatic and the child can commit the task to their motor memory.
This fun winter Olympic slide deck can help with all of those motor planning skills.
Free Winter Olympic Bilateral Coordination Slide Deck
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It’s even great for classroom brain breaks and special education group settings.
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