A year ago, my son was diagnosed with SPD. It’s been rough but oh so helpful to know what we’re fighting against. As we’ve practiced activities to help with balance and calm him with heavy work, we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in meltdowns over sensory stimulation. But as the dust settles, we’re slowly learning about secondary struggles Loopy now faces. Because of decreased body awareness, his pencil grasp is rather primitive.
Loopy struggles to manipulate his fingers the way he wants to. It’s especially difficult if he can’t SEE his fingers. He has tried to hold markers and crayons in a dizzying number of ways. He’s quite creative! 🙂 Teaching him to keep his three smallest fingers curled in towards his palm has been especially difficult. He doesn’t seem to even know if he’s doing it correctly unless he looks at his own hand to confirm.
It was time to bust out an item EVERY household has…
THE LONE MISMATCHED SOCK
How is this supposed to help? Let me show ya.
Cut two holes in the toe area of the sock. One centered and one off to the side. (My son seems to be a lefty in case you were wondering).
Then slip the stinky thing over your child’s writing hand with the thumb and index finger sticking out.
Here’s the most ghetto, hobo gloves in action.
Not perfect, but much better. We obviously don’t use this tool all the time. But it’s helping train his muscle memory so that a proper pencil grasp becomes less of a struggle.
Aren’t you glad your mismatched socks finally have a purpose?!?!
Here’s another simple trick to help develop a better pencil grasp, even when you’ve misplaced ALL your socks!
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