Hand and eye

November 11, 2013

Hand eye co-ordination

is the ability of the eyes to guide the hands in movements. Why is it so important for your child to develop this skill?
In gross motor games, hand eye co-ordination can help your child to catch a ball and hit a ball with a bat. In school, visual-motor integration, which is a vital skill for handwriting, grows out of a good hand-eye co-ordination base. The eyes need to guide the hand in forming the letters and making sure they stay within the lines. Eye-tracking skills, which are vital for reading, can also develop through the gross motor games used for hand eye coordination. Young children use this skill in learning to stack towers etc, and we even need hand eye co-ordination to do simple things like ice biscuits.
Bilateral co-ordination

Bilateral Coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body together in a co-ordinated way. This could be either a symmetrical movement (eg both hands working together to push a rolling pin) or an alternating movement (eg pulling hand-over-hand up a rope).

Children with poor bilateral co-ordination may struggle with gross motor games such as hopping, jumping, catching a ball or beating a drum with rhythm. They may also struggle with fine motor tasks such as tying shoelaces, threading beads and cutting with scissors, as these all require both hands to work together well.