Bilateral coordination, also known as bilateral integration, is the ability to use both sides of the body in a coordinated movement. It includes symmetrical movements, where both sides of the body do the same action simultaneously, reciprocal movements, where movements are rhythmically repeated with one side of the body and then another, and movements that require a leading and supporting hand.
Interhemispheric interaction is the coordination of both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. While the right side of the brain manages attention, processing of visual shapes and patterns, emotions, and implied meanings, the left side is responsible for logical functions. A proper balance and efficient exchange between the right and left sides of our brains allows us to perform maximally in our multifunctional world.
A lack of proper interhemispheric interaction can result in difficulties in the:
writing and speaking & handwriting practice development
remembering and recalling information
performing tasks that require both hands (putting on clothes for example)
speech and motor planning disorders
mathematical and counting skills
solving spatial problems
balance and orientation
life activities requiring the use of both hands
as a dysgraphia tool for kids
Many gross and fine motor everyday activities require good bilateral coordination – from dancing and sports to using utensils and drawing. There is a correlation between bilateral motor skills and academic success. The coordination exercises may stimulate thinking and paying attention.
The tracing exercises in this album can be used to strengthen neural connections to ensure that both the left and right sides of the brain are appropriately coordinated. These kinesiological exercises are based on three basic principles of strengthening interhemispheric connections:
1. Diversity, when the brain actively develops when we perform unusual activities
2. Simultaneity of action, when both hemispheres participate in the process
3. Working with both hands strengthens neural connections and creates new ones.
Healthy interhemispheric connections ensure the proper development of a child's intellect, memory, attention, speech, imagination, thinking, and perception.
These exercises work, regardless of which hand is dominant, to develop a sense of symmetry, reduce anxiety, and speed up correcting language and speech dysfunction.
The tracing exercises can benefit:
• Pupils with learning issues
• The Elderly
• Those with brain injuries or post-traumatic stress
• Those who require quick decision-making
• Anyone who wants to increase their cognitive abilities
This book includes 12 types of exercises. Most of them can be done initially by tracing the finger and then with pencils or markers. It is not necessary to do these exercises consecutively. You can do the exercises randomly, but we recommend repeating each exercise several times.
The tracing exercises in this book were designed for individuals from age 5 to adults. As you progress through the book, the exercises become more difficult, challenging the brain even further and producing even more benefits.