When I think about educating my son at home, the area I am most concerned about is handwriting. I’m not looking for gorgeous cursive or anything like that. You see, my son has sensory processing disorder, which, for him, effects his awareness of his body. Imagine trying to write letters when you can’t really tell what your hand and fingers are up to!
A while back, I wrote about how an orphaned sock can help your child keep their fingers in a proper writing position. Well, occasionally, even that sock will go missing (you’d think that that sock would have learned its lesson from its pair who got permanently lost, but NO!) So here’s a second little tool we use to help develop a better pencil grasp when our trusty sock goes missing.
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Loopy likes to hold his pencil in all sorts of creative ways. His bottom three fingers typically get in the way by trying to support the writing utensil. Even when he starts out holding everything correctly, those three little guys find a way to sneak back into the picture.
What can you do to train those guys to behave???
Find a tiny object and have your child hold it to their palm with just those three fingers.
We typically use a small Lego. But you can use anything, like a coin, a small rock, a bottle cap…. whatever you have on hand.
It’s so simple, but it keeps those three pesky fingers occupied so only the thumb and forefinger are pinching the pencil. It works like a charm. And who doesn’t have random objects strewn about their home? I know we sure do!
Looking for a great writing utencil to promote a great pencil grasp? These FLIP Crayons are the bomb diggity!
Child still struggling? Try making one of THESE!
For more handwriting development, check out this series!
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