Get a grip... on good handwriting (and a giveaway)!


This year I had a few students with very strange pencil grips.  One student held the pencil between her index finger and middle finger.  She had decent handwriting, but speed was an issue.  Another student held the pencil with all four fingers!  It had no resting place.  She lacked in speed and neatness.  I usually don't have to deal with pencil gripping techniques in fourth grade, so when I was asked to review three pencil grippers from The Pencil Grip, Inc. I was thrilled.  I was sent their Three Step Training Kit which teaches comfort and control with three different grips.

The first step is the Crossover Grip.  The wings of this grip prevent the student's fingers from crossing over.


 Students then transition to The Pinch Grip.  This grip balances structure and freedom.  It keeps the hand and fingers in the proper position but allows more freedom than the Crossover Grip.




The final step to the correct pencil grip is the The Pencil Grip.  This is the #1 grip recommended by therapists.  The ergonomic design allows fingers to fall naturally into place.


The training kit worked wonders for my student that held the pencil with all four fingers.  She quickly transitioned to The Pencil Grip and continued to use it for the remainder of the school year.

If you would like to try the training kit, you can purchase it through The Pencil Grip, Inc. or through Amazon.
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6 comments:

  1. I wish I had known about these grips earlier in the school year. I had a seventh grader who holds her pencil so awkwardly that her hand gets fatigued quickly. The parents do not want to change her grip at this point (matter of time and frustration) but wish the girl to simply concentrate on keyboarding. These grips look like they would've easily helped her manage the change needed for her to write more naturally. I can't wait for your giveaway to start.

    Angela

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  2. I have a few students with this same issue along with my one son. These would definitely be a help both in the classroom and with him. He complains that his had tires so quickly. He holds the pencil with all four fingers and so close to the tip . It's maddening to watch him write (he'll be in 8th grade next year). Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. For kids who write BIG....have them lay down on the floor, keep elbows ON THE FLOOR as they write. This forces them to use their WRIST instead of the shoulder muscles! Great for whiteboard practice too! :) Wendy 1stgradefireworks

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  4. Changing a child's pencil grip is frustrating and very hard to retrain the muscles to grip the pencil correctly.
    A wrong pencil grip can cause the hand to get tired, therefore affecting the amount of student writing.
    This can effect daily writing and standardized writing test in upper grades.

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    1. Since no one can learn 2 things at once, you cannot ask a child to use a new grip and do homework at the same time, something is going to give, I have heard form a few OT's that the best way to change the grip is to have the students job just be to hold the grip correctly and draw on a big piece of paper, it does not matter what they do as long as they are holding the pen or pencil correctly.

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  5. My tip is to take things slow and have lots of patience.

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