One of my readers, Jeremy, left a comment awhile back asking me to share a song/intervention he’d heard me describe before: the “Right-Left” song. Well, Jeremy…here it is!
I can’t take credit for writing the “Right-Left” song–a wonderful music therapist named Michelle Hardy wrote it. I heard her describe it in a workshop several years ago, loved it, and have used it every since.
This particular experience can be adapted to address the following objectives: crossing the midline, hand-eye coordination, integrating auditory/visual/proprioceptive/vestibular sensory information, and upper extremity coordination.
I’ve also very successfully used this as a sort of “assessment” when working with children. This works when I initially meet and assess the child–how easy or difficult this is for a new client gives me a general idea of that child’s cognitive and/or developmental level. It also helps me determine how regulated a child is on a given day. For example, this will be harder for a child to do if he/she has had a rough day, is emotionally upset, or if his/her sensory self is “unbalanced.”
Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
A Song for Crossing the Midline [Video]
P.S. In case you were wondering, I do have permission from Michelle to share this with you.