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Why you don’t want your child to have a poor pencil grip

A poor pencil grip can affect the quality of a child’s handwriting as well as putting unnecessary strain on the hand muscles and ligaments. This causes the hand to tense or cramp and tire quickly, making the handwriting process hard work. Many left handed writers form a hooked grip that not only puts extra strain on the hand muscles and ligaments but the wrist and shoulder areas of the body.

The discomfort caused through a poor pencil grip not only makes handwriting hard work, but frustrating or de-motivating, as your child cannot produce the amount of written work they want. It is therefore important to check that your child is developing an appropriate pencil grip and to correct a poor grip as soon as it starts to appear.