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Check the child’s pencil grip against our developmental stages as it might be their grip is appropriate for their age.
If the child is age 6+ years old and is using a stage 1 to 4 grip then work through the stages one at a time to stage 5. Allow the child to spend at least 3 or 4 weeks at one stage before moving to the next.
Check to identify whether the child has a poor pencil grip and, using our advice, work on overcoming it.
Play the relevant games and activities if the child just needs to develop one Key Strength.
Teach an 8+ year old child an alternative efficient pencil grip if, having supported them with all the above interventions, they still struggle to hold a pencil in a tripod grip. We would recommend the adaptive tripod grip.
Use these teaching tips for a child who struggles to apply the correct hand pressure when handwriting.
Check the child’s hand and finger strength and sensory perception, by using our physical ability assessment sheet.
Use our physical ability activity programs if the child needs to develop more than one physical ability Key Strength.