After the long school summer holiday it is always good to take some time to check your child has not slipped back into some old, poor pencil grip habits.
Here is a recap of the things which may help them if they are still finding it difficult to form and maintain an appropriate pencil grip.
Remember it is important that you do not force a child to use the tripod grip if they are not developmentally ready. Just because they are starting school doesn’t mean they are ready to hold a pencil in the tripod grip for handwriting.
Have they reached the appropriate stage in their pencil grip development?
Every child develops at a different time and pace; find out which stage of development your child is at: http://bit.ly/2YFfqMp
Are they left or right-handed?
If they are of school age and do not have a clear hand dominance this can make it difficult to develop a good pencil grip. Our hand dominance information may help you here: http://bit.ly/2YFfqMp
How do they hold a pencil for writing at the moment?
A poor pencil grip can make forming letters difficult and handwriting slow or uncomfortable. Check out our tips on how to correct a poor pencil grip in our pencil grip difficulties section: http://bit.ly/2T96KwK
Have they been taught, & do they understand, how to form a Tripod pencil grip?
It may have been explained to them, but that does not mean your child has understood. Our ‘Tommy Thumb’ and ‘Drawbridge Flip’ videos may help them to learn more easily how to form a tripod grip for handwriting: http://bit.ly/2XpuI8I
Do they have the physical hand and finger strength to form and maintain a tripod pencil grip?
Not all children have the appropriate hand and finger strength to hold a pencil in the tripod grip and need extra support to help them develop this. To find out if your child need’s extra support to develop their hand and finger strengths check out this section of our Key Strengths assessment page: http://bit.ly/2C7xYwq
Do they swap hands when writing or drawing?
This is a normal developmental stage for many toddlers and young children, but it is not ideal for school age children. Check out our tips on tackling hand swapping issues: http://bit.ly/2VlGfDH
If you have any queries or questions you would like to ask us about handwriting or pencil grip feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via this blog or Facebook.