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Beads: A Surprisingly Dynamic Activity

Beading is a great way to warm up the fingers for fine motor exercises! Beading can be graded to fit the individual, whether that be easy (large wooden beads on a pipe cleaner), to difficult (small plastic beads on a thread). This activity not only requires pincer grasp, manual manipulation, and motor planning – but hand eye coordination as well! If you want to learn more, contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Email us at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000!

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What is bilateral coordination?

Bilateral coordination is something we all use every day. It is the smooth and fluid coordination of both sides of our body at the same time. Examples of activities that required bilateral coordination are walking, skipping, cutting/gluing for craft activities, getting dressed, and many more! There are lots of creative ways to work on bilateral coordination! You could blow bubbles and clap your hands together to pop them, string beads onto pipe cleaners to make caterpillars, or play hopscotch! Interested in more ways to work on bilateral coordination? Contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Shoot us an email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or give us a call at (425)-748-7000

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What is “W” sitting?

“W” sitting refers to the non-neutral sitting style where knees are pointing outwards. This type of sitting forces the knees and hips to adapt to intense and abnormal pressure that is now being placed on the joints. Children who demonstrate this type of sitting typically have tightness in their hips. This type of sitting style tends to be common among younger children or children who have weak muscles and can become problematic as life progresses. It increases difficulties with balance, walking, running, and the ability to demonstrate an appropriate neutral seated posture. Want to learn more? Contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Reach us by email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or by phone at (425)-748-7000

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Learning to Cut Your Food

Yes, this does sound scary-letting a child cut their own food! However, when done correctly it not only encourages independence with eating, but improves fine motor skills as well. Now I wouldn’t encourage the use of a knife initially, but I would encourage the use of a spoon and fork-both of which have edges (given that it’s not plastic) to cut through most soft food. Start with cutting pancakes, pasta, sausage, etc, and move on towards more dense food items that require more skill. Like most skills, this is best learned with demonstration, verbal praise, and repetition.  Want to learn more? Contact Cogwheel Clinic today! Reach us by email at contact@cogwheelclinic.com or by phone at (425)-748-7000

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