Crossing the midline is a skill area that if undeveloped, can hold a child back from school-related activities as well as activities of daily living. This Plan focuses on developing this skill, which can be applied to various IEP goals and objectives.
Who is it for? This training plan is ideal for children between the developmental ages of 4-6 that have difficulty executing functional tasks which require the ability to cross the midline, such as dressing and drawing.
What does it do? Crossing the Midline is the intersecting action across the midline of the body which enables the integration of both sides of the brain. The sessions of the plan are built to encourage the child to use each hand within the space of the other side of the body.
Functional/ IEP Goal: While the training plan focuses on developing the skill of Crossing the Midline, it can be used to work towards various functional and IEP compatible goals related to the following:
- Reducing alternating of hands during drawing, coloring and fine motor activities.
- Reducing turning of the page during coloring, drawing or writing tasks.
- Improving level of independence during dressing – shirt, pants, socks or shoes.
- Improving level of independence during personal hygiene activities.