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Got Special KIDS| Have fun stretching with Yoga Dice! Thinkfun Yoga Dice

Fun game of rolling and posing.

List Price: $15.99
Starts at: $12.00
Savings: $3.99
Got Special KIDS|Think Fun Heads Talk Tails Walk ThinkFun Heads Talk Tails Walk

Can you hop like a frog while clucking like a chicken?

List Price: $16.99
Starts at: $13.00
Savings: $3.99
Got Special KIDS|Follow the Leader Fabric Finger Dexterity Game with 5 Enclosed Beads Follow the Leader - Finger Dexterity Game

Follow the Leader develops fine motor and visual tracking skills. Portable and fun!

Starts at: $15.50
Got Special KIDS|Hide 'N Slide Hide 'N Slide - Finger Dexterity Game

Encourage finger isolation and strengthening with Hide 'N Slide!

Starts at: $15.75
Got Special KIDS|Croc 'n' Roll Interactive Electronic Game Croc 'n' Roll Interactive Electronic Game

Jump and Hop to dodge the crazy croc!

Starts at: $15.99
Got Special KIDS|Manual Dexterity Boards Manual Dexterity Boards

Practice the fundamentals!

Starts at: $18.49
Got Special KIDS|Learning Resources 1-2-3 Build It! Robot Factory Learning Resources 1-2-3 Build It! Robot Factory

What kind of robots can you dream up?

List Price: $24.99
Starts at: $22.50
Savings: $2.49
Got Special Kids | 6-Foot Kid's Rope Ladder w/ Wooden Rungs - Max Weight 105lb Climbing Rope Ladder

Suitable for indoor or outdoor use - kids love to climb!!

Starts at: $22.99
Got Special KIDS|Inflatable Exercise & Therapy Balls in Various Sizes Exercise and Therapy Balls with Pump

Fun and therapeutic!

Starting At: $23.99
Trampoline Extension Handle Kit Trampoline Extension Handle Kit Yellow

Compatible with the Fold n Go Trampoline #2796

Starts at: $24.00
Dance Charades Dance Charades

Discontinued - only 1 left in stock!

Starts at: $25.00
Got Special Kids |Yuk-E  Balls | Heavy Gel-Filled Balls for Proprioceptive Input Yuk-E- Medicine Balls

Tactile, weighted and irresistible!

Starting At: $25.59
Got-Special KIDS|Fat Brain Toys - Swingin' Shoes Fat Brain Toys - Swingin' Shoes

A topsy-turvey point-wranglin' challenge!

Starts at: $29.95
Gonge Bridge Balancing Toys Gonge Bridge Balancing Toys

Discontinued - get it now at a great price!

Starts at: $38.00
Sale Price: $29.99
Savings: $8.01
Got Special KIDS|Bouncy Band Wiggle Feet Bouncy Band Wiggle Feet Blue Sensory Cushion

Help students focus, stay on task, and enjoy learning!

Starts at: $29.99
Got-SpeciaKIDS|Toysmith - 10 Ft. Jumbo Parachute Toysmith - 10 Ft. Jumbo Parachute

Promotes cooperative play, coordination, and teamwork!

Starts at: $35.99
Got-Special KIDS|Gonge Build N Balance Triangular Platform Gonge Build N Balance Triangular Platform

Balancing at its best!

Starts at: $54.99
Sale Price: $40.99
Savings: $14.00
Got Special KIDS|Yogarilla Exercises and Activities 55 Card Yoga Deckoffers The 55 yoga poses and 110 activities in this oversized, colorfully illustrated 6" x 8" card deck help children understand how their bodies and minds work together. Yogarilla Exercises and Activities 55 Card Yoga Deck

Help children to understand their bodies and to relax with this 55 deck and 110 activity card deck.

List Price: $49.95
Starts at: $44.95
Savings: $5.00
Got Special KIDS|CanDo Inflatable Sensory Saddle Rolls CanDo Peanut Inflatable Sensory Saddle Rolls

A "nubby" surface for tactile stimulation to active seating and ball therapy routines.

Starting at: $45.00
Got Special KIDS|Stay N Place Ball Stay N Place Ball

Balance and coordination without rolling away!

Starts at: $47.75
Got-Special KIDS|OT Tool Tote OT Tool Tote

An occupational therapists must-haves!

Our Price: $49.95
Got-SpecialKIDS|Tents Indoor Outdoor Summer Fun Tent with Tunnel Pacific Play - Hide Me Tent - Tunnel Combo

Sized for group play and easy set-up!

Starts at: $49.99
Got Special KIDS|Textured Stepping Stone CanDo - Textured Stepping Stone Set of 6

Take the balance challenge!

Starts at: $60.59
Got Special KIDS|Gonge Seesaw provides hours of active play and gross motor skill development Gonge Seesaw

Active play that builds coordination and balance!

Starts at: $65.99
Got Special Kids|Abilitations Core Disk for Stability & Balance Skills CoreDisk

Support kids and teens who can't sit still with CoreDisk!

Starting at: $67.00
Got Special Kids | River Stone features a soft base and a hard top platform supported by three strong steel springs to enable bouncing, which requires adjustment through the child's ankles and legs, making it a more challenging activity than simply Gonge Riverstones

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Starts at: $74.99
Got Special KIDS|Pacific Play Institutional 9 Ft. Tunnel - Blue Pacific Play Institutional 9 Ft. Tunnel

Kids love crawling through this tunnel of fun!

Starts at: $75.00
Got Special KIDS|Gonge Island  Set of 2 Gonge Island Set of 2

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Starts at: $81.99
Got Special KIDS|Resistance Tunnel 9 ft long Resistance Tunnel 9 ft long

Kids love this stretchy tunnel.

Starts at: $85.00
Got-Special KIDS|Gonge River Set of 6 Gonge River Set of 6

Step into coordination, balance and fun!

Starts at: $85.99
Got Special KIDS| Pacific Play Tents Geo Tunnel is excellent for muscle and motor skill development in toddlers and children. Pacific Play Tent - Super Sensory GEO 9Ft Tunnel

This tent is the life of the party!

Starts at: $88.00
Got Special KIDS|Fold & Go Portable Trampoline Fold n Go Mini Trampoline

A must for any sensory diet.

Starts at: $89.99
   
 

Most of us don't think about the various skills we need to develop in order to complete everyday tasks. But whether we're writing, getting dressed, throwing or catching, riding a bike or even walking, we're using a skill called "bilateral coordination".
Bilateral coordination is another way of saying "coordinating both sides of the body to work together". When we can coordinate our limbs individually and move them in a controlled and organized manner, all kinds of actions that could otherwise not be performed can occur. Bilateral coordination is the skill that allows us to hold a sandwich steady with one hand while cutting it with the other. It's the skill that's needed to pedal downward with one foot while pedaling upward with the other; it allows us to play instruments and tie our shoes, and it's the skill we need to throw one handed.

Unlike grasping an object with both hands, bilateral coordination is critical to performing movements where one side of the body is doing something different than the other side. This is a skill that typically starts to develop by the time children are three to four years old, when they've started to become familiar with the skill of crossing the midline of the body. Before children acquire the skill of crossing the midline, they will use their right hand on the right side of the body and their left hand for things that are happening on the left side.

Crossing the midline is a critical milestone to mastering bilateral coordination. Crossing the midline is a good indicator that both sides of the brain are communicating, and it helps children practice fine motor skills on a deeper level. When your child crosses the midline, he or she can use both hands equally to develop hand dominance and even core stability. Crossing the midline is a stepping stone for bilateral coordination, and as bilateral coordination develops, the ability to spontaneously cross the midline will develop even more. Children that avoid crossing the midline ultimately have difficulty with bilateral coordination and tend to have two weak hands rather than one dominant one.

In addition to crossing the midline, another important foundation to bilateral coordination is body awareness.
Also known as proprioception, body awareness helps us to understand where our body is in space. People with poor proprioception are more clumsy and may be fearful of their surroundings, and because they don’t receive proper feedback from their muscles and joints, they tend to have a lot of difficulty coordinating both sides of their body to complete bilateral tasks.

There are a range of important skills that need to be met before other skills to begin to develop. We carry a range of products designed to help children develop better bilateral coordination by addressing it at its foundation.

For crossing the midline skills, try:

To improve proprioception, we recommend:

To generally develop better bilateral coordination try:

Everyday Activities for Bilateral Integration:

  • Spreading butter on bread
  • Beading & lacing
  • Playground activities
  • Picking up fall leaves or seashells
  • Riding a bike
  • Paper cutting or tearing
  • Building with legos or duplos
  • Throw/catch games
  • Flying a kite
  • Painting on an easel
  • Helping carry groceries