What is crossing the midline and why is it important??

The midline is an imaginary line down the middle of the body  Crossing this line (the middle of the body is when your arms and legs are crossing over to the opposite side of the body like when you fold your arms and legs or when your reach with your left arm over to your right arm to scratch your arm.

Crossing the line of your body is very important because it is a very necessary part of the childs development and for helping accomplish every day tasks like putting on your socks and shoe, building blocks, drawing, writing, reading a book by pointing at pictures and having your left hand reach over to the right side of the book to turn the pages. When your child crosses the midline with their dominant hand, then the dominant hand is getting the practice that it needs to develop and strengthen their fine motor skills.

If your child tries to avoid crossing the midline then both their hands will be equal and won’t be developing these skills properly and they will be delayed at strengthening their handedness. Skills like learning to write will be effected and because they don’t have one hand that’s stronger and more skilled it will become harder for them to accomplish this.

Activities that can help promote crossing the body’s midline could be banging objects together in the midline for example a tambourine. You could throw and kick a ball around which helps keep both sides of the body active and practicing crossing the midline. You can out stickers on one side of the body and get the child to remove them with their opposite hand. Another one that children love is popping bubbles when you blow them. You can also place objects on the left side of the body and get the child to pick up these items by using the right hand. There are many ways that a child can cross their midline and I hope that these ideas can help you at home.The midline is an imaginary line down the middle of the body  Crossing this line (the middle of the body) is when your arms and legs are crossing over to the opposite side of the body like when you fold your arms and legs or when your reach with your left arm over to your right arm to scratch your arm.

Crossing the line of your body is very important because it is a very necessary part of the child’s development and for helping accomplish every day tasks like putting on your socks and shoe, building blocks, drawing, writing, reading a book by pointing at pictures and having your left hand reach over to the right side of the book to turn the pages. When your child crosses the midline with their dominant hand, then the dominant hand is getting the practice that it needs to develop and strengthen their fine motor skills.

If your child tries to avoid crossing the midline then both their hands will be equal and won’t be developing these skills properly and they will be delayed at strengthening their handedness. Skills like learning to write will be effected and because they don’t have one hand that’s stronger and more skilled it will become harder for them to accomplish this.

Activities that can help promote crossing the body’s midline could be banging objects together in the midline for example a tambourine. You could throw and kick a ball around which helps keep both sides of the body active and practicing crossing the midline. You can put stickers on one side of the body and get the child to remove them with their opposite hand. Another one that children love is popping bubbles when you blow them. You can also place objects on the left side of the body and get the child to pick up these items by using the right hand. There are many ways that a child can cross their midline and I hope that these ideas can help you at home.