Laterality

 Music Therapist Gendy Jury worked with students in the area of laterality. The term laterality refers to the development of lateral dominance (right or left eye, ear, hand, leg) and the development of specialised centres and functions in the left and right brain hemispheres. The right side of the body sends messages to and is controlled by the left side of the brain, and the left side of the body by the right side of the brain.
Children who have difficulty with laterality may experience a range of issues including:

  • Tendency to scatter and misplace objects in personal space
  • Extreme rotation of writing or reading surface
  • Difficulty percieving left and right sides of objects and letters
  • Uncertainty about personal left and right body sides
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty accepting a change in a rule or decision once it is made.

Gendy has developed a cross-curricular program utilizing music and movement to help all our students develop their laterality. She works in the junior and senior classrooms once a week.

You can find out more about laterality here.

 



 
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