Bilateral Integration: Stages of Bilateral Integration for Reading, Tracking, Writing and Crossing the Midline

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Lateral dominance is an important developmental stage that prepares a child for writing, reading, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and reasoning. Bilateral integration is another important stage that helps build a stronger foundation for learning.

Bilateral integration is the ability for a child to use both sides of their body in a coordinated manner, allowing them to perform fine motor skills, gross motor tasks, walking, logical thinking, studying, and more. This is why you see a two-year-old frequently eating with both hands, scribbling with a crayon in either hand, pushing a wagon with both feet, and jumping off the playground with both feet.

Mixed dominance in the brain can lead to learning challenges, so it is important to choose a dominant foot, eye, ear and hand for learning.

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