Bilateral Integration refers to the ability to use both sides of the body in a coordinated manner during tasks. It also includes the ability to cross the middle of your body. Any time a signal is sent from one side of the brain to the other side, bilateral integration is taking place.
Without bilateral integration, a person would only be able to use one side of their body at a time. A task as simple as walking with coordination, moving your right foot and then your left, would be impossible without the ability for your brain to use bilateral integration. Examples of this include babies banging two blocks together or a preschooler holding scissors with one hand while manipulating the paper with the other.
The following are instruments that we use in our therapy sessions: Interactive Metronome: As timing improves, the student's attention, concentration, sequencing and motor planning all get better. We have seen many children and adults improve from initial scores in the 200 millisecond range to ending scores in the 20 millisecond range.
Wayne Directional Sequencer: The Wayne Directional Sequencer includes pre-programmed activities for developing: Directionality Rhythm, Eye-hand coordination, Speed Sequencing, Visual Memory, Shape and Word Recognition, Tracking and Saccades.
Wayne Saccadic Fixator: The built-in computer provides for the development of: Rapid saccadic fixations and tracking, Eye-hand coordination, Accuracy, Speed, Visual memory, Sequencing, Directionality, Synchronized rhythm, and Peripheral awareness.
Belgau Balance Board: Activities on the board improve the integration and timing of both hemispheres of the brain, as well as the integration and resolution of the vestibular, visual, kinesthetic, and tactile senses.
VMC Stick and Pendulum Ball: Using the VMC Stick helps to develop the ability to structure space, visualize motion in space, and track objects.
Toss Back: Maximum brain performance depends on precise inputs through the vestibular, tactile, motor, auditory, and visual systems.
Rotation Board: Activities done on the Rotation Board stimulate the areas of the brain responsible for projecting visual and auditory space and help to resolve the inability of the brain to construct a meaningful three dimensional model of the environment.
Variable Difficulty Balance Beam (Walking Rail): The Variable Difficulty Balance Beam requires the individual to develop well ordered, precise foot movements which improve the integration between the tactile, kinesthetic, vestibular, and visual processes.