Occupational Therapy -> Bilateral Coordination

Bilateral Coordination

Bilateral coordination is described as using both sides of the body (arms and/or legs) to complete an activity or task. Occupational therapists address bilateral coordination as it relates to an individual's daily activities. Some examples of tasks requiring bilateral coordination include: holding food while cutting with a knife, crawling on the floor while playing with toys, holding a backpack while pulling the zipper, stabilizing a cup while pouring a beverage.

Reference links

  • Bilateral Coordination Activities 1
    Author: The OT Toolbox - These bilateral coordination activities are bilateral movement strategies to help kids demonstrate bimanual coordination skills.
    Author: World Health Organization - Physical activity is good for hearts, bodies and minds. Regular physical activity can improve physical fitness; improve heart, vascular and metabolic health, and bone health; and reduce adiposity in children and adolescents (1). Being active can also improve cognitive function, including academic performance and mental health, and can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety (1). In contrast, too much sedentary behavior can be unhealthy; it increases the risk of obesity and poorer fitness and cardiometabolic health and can affect sleep duration

Activity List(s)

Visual Schedule Cards


Goal Bank

  • To demonstrate improved gross motor movements, Peter will catch a ball during play 90% of the time by May 1, 2023 . 0


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