2.5 – 3 years

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Now development is really bounding forward. Sessions at this age group are geared for the development of sensory integration and the consequent laterality, and for this reason a preferred hand and foot is now encouraged in all one hand/foot activities.

Being able to perform tasks that require one side of the body to be doing something different to the other side allows for the important stage of conscious cross pattern movements, which are the final attributes of nature to help the child’s growing brain to work to the best of its ability. Riding a trike, peeling a banana, or using scissors with one hand as the other holds the paper are all skills that can now be tackled. Hopping where one foot hops while the other is held up off the ground also highlights this new found skill of laterality.

For many, speech and comprehension bounds forth at this age. Instructions are increased in complexity to allow for the development of auditory and visual memory, imperative for survival at school. Repetition is vital for this development.