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36. Using Both Hands Together

Alexis Ralphs May 01 • 7 min read
36. Using Both Hands Together
Being able to use both hands together, or ‘bilateral co-ordination’ is an important skill that has wide-reaching impact on development.

This might seem a strange suggestion for something to do with your child, but being able to use both hands together, or ‘bilateral co-ordination’ is an important skill that has wide-reaching impact on development. Before children can succeed in tasks such as skilled writing, coloring, or cutting, they need to be able to use both hands together well. Their hands can be doing the same thing at the same time, with activities such as tossing and catching a ball, pushing and pulling pop beads. Or one hand can be stabilizing an object while the other manipulates it, like holding down paper while rubbing out, lacing beads, wind-up toys or doing up a zip.

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