12 Ways to Help Your Child Cross Midline

12 Ways to Help Your Child Cross Midline

Crossing midline is an important developmental skill that is typically mastered when a child is 3 or 4 years old. Crossing midline is the ability to reach across the middle of the body to the other side. It creates connections in the brain by requiring the left and...
Fine Motor Skills for Handwriting

Fine Motor Skills for Handwriting

The muscles used in handwriting begin to develop and strengthen in infancy, and by the age of five most children have developed enough muscle strength and control to begin writing. The small finger muscles are the ones most central to the writing process, but the...
Is Your Child Right- or Left-handed?

Is Your Child Right- or Left-handed?

Hand preference can begin as early as 18 months but usually develops around the ages of 3 or 4. Some children do not develop dominance until as late as 6 or 7. Determining hand dominance, and encouraging the use of the dominant hand, helps children to develop speed...
Oral Sensorimotor Activities

Oral Sensorimotor Activities

Children who chew on their pencils, clothing, toys, etc. are usually seeking oral sensorimotor input to organize, calm, and focus their nervous system. Strategies to support your child’s oral sensory seeking behaviors: Provide chewy or crunchy snacks (fruit...