BILATERAL INTEGRATION SKILLS
Bilateral integration refers to the ability to use both sides of the body during an activity. Bilateral integration includes the ability to cross midline, and working at midline with one hand stabilizing while the dominant hand works. Midline is an imaginary line that is drawn through the center of the body from the head to the toe. Without bilateral integration an individual would only be able to use one side of his/her body at a time. Bilateral integration is necessary to learn to read and write as one has to cross the midline of their body when both reading and writing.
Activities to include stabilitzing with one hand while the other hand works such as building a tower of blocks, you can stabilize with one hand while the other hand works.
Working at midline includes items like lacing, stringing beads and sewing.
Crossing midline in both directions uses the dominant hand to work.