Infants generally move both sides together in unison. If
given two objects, they may bang them together. Later they
learn that they can keep one hand still and while the other
moves. Eventually they achieve the higher level skill of being
able to use both hands at the same time but each doing
something different, such as holding a book with one hand and
turning pages with the other.
Simple Symmetrical Activities
Activities that require different skill sets for each hand
Body Awareness activities
communicating and sharing information with each other. Having good bilateral coordination allows
the hands and feet to work well together. This is important for accomplishing many daily activities
such as walking, climbing stairs, playing musical instruments, stirring food in a bowl, using tools that
require two hands and having full visual awareness of the environment. A child with poor
coordination of both sides of the body may have difficulty controlling one hand while the other hand
is doing something else. Two handed, or footed, tasks are challenging and difficult to accomplish.
There may be an uneven focus, such as when cutting, concentrating on the hand that's using the
scissors and being unaware of the other hand that has to control and move the paper simultaneously.