Like many skills, development of your tot’s crossing midline skills have happened gradually.
For example, when little miss or mister was just 6 months old they started reaching across their body to pick up a favourite toy or touch the toes on their opposite foot.
By the time they were between 10 and 12 months old, the ‘commando crawling’ began, with your whippersnapper moving across the floor in alternating arm and leg movements. Suddenly it was a mad dash to make sure nothing breakable was within reach!
Then, toddlerhood brought junior lots of opportunities to further develop their crossing midline skills such as clapping, washing their hands or scratching an itchy elbow.
Little miss or mister may be experiencing difficulties crossing their midline if they do any of the following:
- Use two hands for drawing
- Haven’t established a dominant (preferred) hand
- Find it hard to read and write from left to right efficiently
- Get ‘stuck’ or need to switch their hands to reach for an object
- Have difficulty copying off a blackboard
- Find it tough to use cutlery appropriately
- Consistently use the hand on one side of the body to reach for and use objects that are located on the same side of the body (e.g. right hand for objects on the right-hand side and left hand for objects on the left-hand side)