O.T. Tips for Proper Pencil Grasp

Why care about pencil grasp?

Typical development of grasp:


Although the dynamic tripod grasp is often cited as the best or most mature grasp, a quadrapod or thumb and three finger grasp and a lateral tripod grasp (thumb on the pointer finger rather than the pencil) have been shown to be just as good. A more important factor is if the grasp allows for dynamic finger movements versus the movement having to come from the whole arm.

How can we help the child develop a mature grasp pattern?

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What if they are struggling or don’t have the proper grasp?

Have the child take them for a “test drive” for a day or two. Have them try to scribble or draw a simple picture rather than try to print with it right away. Typically, they feel quite awkward at first.