Crossing midline; what is it, and why is it so important? The “midline” is an imaginary line down the middle of the body. It divides us into a right half and a left half. Crossing the midline refers to the ability to move the eyes, hands, tongue, and legs across the invisible midline. This is an important skill for reading, writing, speaking, and everyday life activities such as getting dressed! If your child has midline issues, it will affect much more than just gross motor and fine motor coordination. Academics can also greatly be affected. These children can have reading and writing difficulties, causing them to get behind in school.
Some issues associated with difficulty crossing midline:
Has not established hand, foot, and/or eye dominance
Difficulty with writing legibly
Skips lines when reading
Fatigues quickly with reading
Poor speech articulation
If your child is having some of these issues, contact ReSprout Therapy today to see how we can help!
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About the Author:
Emily Reynolds, MSOTR is the founder of ReSprout Therapy. She is a pediatric Occupational Therapist who specializes in neurodevelopment and reflex integration.
Emily loves working with parents and kids to find the source of the problem and create lasting changes that impact daily lives and the long-term future of the child.