Co-ordination is the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently. Co-ordination is required for gross motor tasks such as crawling, walking and running. It is required during fine motor tasks such as writing, cutting or playing with lego. Coordination is also required for talking, eating and drinking. All motor tasks require coordination.
There are many foundation skills that are essential to developing coordination such as bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination and motor planning. Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body together for example when a child holds the paper with one hand while colouring. Eye-hand coordination is the ability of the eyes to guide the hands in movement such as catching a ball, writing or cutting with scisssors. Motor planning is needed for all physical activities. It is a skill that allows us to remember and perform steps to make movement happen for example washing your hands or brushing your teeth.