Lazy 8 (Sleeping 8) - Crossing Midline Activity

Occupational Therapy
Lazy 8 (Sleeping 8) - Crossing Midline Activity

Drawing a sleeping 8 (sign of infinity) also called lazy 8 is an effective way to improve brain lateralization and to cross the visual midline without interruption; thus, activating both the right and left eye and integrating the left and right visual fields.  Crossing midline or cross lateralization simply means that a child reaches across their body with either hand (such as using the right hand or leg to reach across the left side of the body or vice versa).

When a child crosses her midline, new connections are made between the left and right brain hemispheres and thereby improving the integration of the brain for better concentration, visual focus, and problem-solving.

Materials needed

  • Chart paper/whiteboard
  • Marker pen/ chalk,
  • Handy vehicle toy.

Procedure

  • Ask the child to stand on a mat on the floor in front of the whiteboard or chart paper sticking on the wall (draw a vertical divider in the middle of the board).
  • The child aligns his body with a point at eye level. This will be the midpoint of 8.
  • Draw symmetrical sleeping eight keeping the divider as the center.
  • Start on the midline and move anti-clockwise first up, over, and around. Then from his waist, he moves clockwise up, over around, and back to the beginning midpoint 
  • As the eye follows the sleeping 8, the head moves slightly and the neck remains relaxed
  • 3- 5 repetitions with each hand separately then both hands together are recommended

It can be made easier or harder depending on how accurately the child draws within the wide outline of the sleeping 8 to exactly tracing the pattern.

Modification:

  • Children with poor pencil grip and difficulty in fine motor skills can use toy cars and ride between the outline drawn like a road resembles a sleeping 8 or can draw in the air focusing on the n back side of the palm.
  • Child can use different colored crayons/ chalk/ marker pen 
  • To improve letter reversal and mirroring
    • Accommodate the alphabet in sleeping 8
  • To reduce e manuscript size
    • Practice sleeping 8 the n ruled book
  • Self-assessment can be done by analyzing the progress in handwriting by analyzing legibility, impression on paper, and writing speed
  • Involve instruction to improve auditory processing (g: Go up to the right and around, then cross the middle and up)
  • Humming can be allowed to improve focus and relaxation
  • Can practice on air to improve movement sense(kinesthesia)

Precautions

  • Physical prompt is required for children aged from 2.5 years to 4 years.
  • Use toy cars and road patterns for children aged 2.5 years to 3 years.
  • Use spectacle if the child is already using spectacle for corrected vision.
  • Avoid dusting and using chalk if the child has any type of dust allergy.
  • Practice huge sleeping 8 on chart paper before practicing small sleeping 8 in a regular ruled notebook.

Benefits of practicing Sleeping 8

Enhances

  • Binocular vision
  • Peripheral vision
  • Right to left eye movement required for tracking and reading
  • Eye muscle coordination
  • Relaxes eyes, neck, and shoulders while focusing
  • Improve depth perception and centering
  • Trunk rotation
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • hand dominancy
  • Bilateral eye-hand coordination and thereby Self-help skills which require both right and left hand (buttoning, lazing a shoe, wearing a dress, etc.

Reference: Brain Gym® Teacher's Edition by Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison

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By

Shyama KM

Consultant Occupational therapist

DCCD

 

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