Laterality, midline cross

Toddlers use both hands and feet equally. Becoming aware that you have a left and right develops during kindergarten.

To make automatic movements you develop a preference side with your hands, feet, eyes, ears and brain. Both sides will also learn to work together.

You not only have left and right side but also a bottom / top and front / back. Babies start with this skill by crawling. Laterality is the pioneer in developing sense of direction.

There is an imaginary middle line between the left / right, front / back and bottom/ top. It is a challenge for toddlers to simultaneously moves the left hand and right leg. This should be practiced and learned. Also, to move the your left hand to the right side of the body is still difficult for toddlers.

For complex skills, such as maths, reading and writing, this development is very important. This development is completed around 8 years old. It is an enormous challenge to start reading, writing and arithmetic as the body is not yet fully developed.

Which problems may appear at school when laterality is not yet fully developed:




-fine motor skills

-fear of failure

What can you do?

Children do playful and fun-oriented movements. Children become aware of all sides of their body and how these can cooperate. When movements become automated, you can put thinking tasks on top of a movement. Learning becomes more fun and the fear of failure disappears quickly.


Complete program with activities and excercises for all named symptoms at this page.

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Fine motor skills,
pencil grip

Children learn about the world by touching everything. By feeling objects, they get

Eye- hand/
foot coordination

When an object such as a ball moves you should assess with your eyes where the object

midline cross

Toddlers use both hands and feet equally. Becoming aware that you have a left and

Sense of direction

Young children think using the right side of the brain. This slowly changes to the

Visual and
auditory skills

What you see is processed in the brain. You learn to see differences and similarities in images


When a child is developing well and has learned all the skills and anchored them with