Early Skills

Mid-line crossing - Why is it important?

Posted by Isabel Van Niekerk on

What is mid-line crossing? Crossing the mid-line means that one hand spontaneously moves over to the other side of the body to work there. Before this ability is established, a young child tends to use the left hand on the left side of the body and the right hand on the right hand side of the body. Mid-line crossing emerges as a child develops bilateral co-ordination skills. As the child learns to co-ordinate a strong hand which is doing something skilled (eg. cutting) and and assistant hand which is helping (eg. holding the paper), the ability to spontaneously cross the...

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