By: Integrated Learning Strategies
Crossing the midline helps the right and left sides of the brain together. If we only work one side of the brain, the other side may become weaker, which could cause gaps in learning. Learning tools that come naturally for some children (organizing thoughts on paper, executive functioning, writing, comprehension and sitting still in a chair) may not come so easily to others who can’t cross the midline.
How to know if my child can’t cross the midline If your child can’t cross the midline, you may see some of the following signs: – Uses right hand activities on the right side of the body and uses left leg activities on the left leg of the body. – Has trouble with tracking words from right to left – Poor fine motor skills (pencil grip, handwriting) – Has trouble switching different feet and arms in sports.
Crossing the midline activities using your arms If your child struggles to cross the midline, there are several integration exercises you can do at home to help improve the left and right sides of their brain. After your child has mastered these activities, read “Why Crossing the Midline Helped this Child Listen to his Teacher” for more exercises.