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    Default Holding pencil

    Ds will be 5yrs old in 3 months and still struggles to hold a pencil and write simple letters / shapes.
    Can you please show me pictures of how your 4/5 year old holds one.

    We have tried pencil grips and thicker pencils.

    He holds it up high in a fist grip (sometimes on a funny angle) and really struggles.

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    How are his fine motor skills generally?

    DS attends a montisori preschool where they focus on fine motor skills (lots of beading, picking things up with tweezers etc) and I'm amazed how good his pencil grip is already.

    Can you play games around that type of thing? DS loves using implements to pick and sort things.

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    My boy was doing the same for ages. He's improved a lot since starting prep this year with it though. I wouldn't worry too much about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    How are his fine motor skills generally?

    DS attends a montisori preschool where they focus on fine motor skills (lots of beading, picking things up with tweezers etc) and I'm amazed how good his pencil grip is already.

    Can you play games around that type of thing? DS loves using implements to pick and sort things.

    Motor or skills are pretty good actually.

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    From what you've described sounds like it would be worth while seeing an OT if he's gonna be starting school next year.

    Might sound extreme but its better to sort it now before true habits form which has been my experience, correcting bad habits for ds#1 was insanely harder than teaching ds#2 how to do it right from the start with our OT's

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    http://www.occupationaltherapychildr...ripping-guide/

    Interesting information.

    It says here that fully correct pencil grip may not properly develop until the age of 6-7. I know for my DD who is nearly 7 her pencil grip has been slowly changing and is now just about spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie_eyes View Post
    From what you've described sounds like it would be worth while seeing an OT if he's gonna be starting school next year.

    Might sound extreme but its better to sort it now before true habits form which has been my experience, correcting bad habits for ds#1 was insanely harder than teaching ds#2 how to do it right from the start with our OT's

    Thanks, I've just added him to the waiting list (it's a community Heath service).

    I thought it would be physio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BlueBirds View Post
    Thanks, I've just added him to the waiting list (it's a community Heath service).

    I thought it would be physio.
    definitely OT I went to a handwriting workshop run by OT's and its truly amazing that writing has so much more to do with it than just grip! Also they may have a specialised pencil grip
    Suited to him if he needs it, theres not just one pencil grip aid for everyone. Its so complex so it will be so good if you manage to get in. Even if just to be told 'he'll develop with practice'

    But i do know that fist grip is typically used in babies and toddlers so they may need to give you some specialised tips to help him advance quite quickly

    Goodluck

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    Hi 2BlueBirds,
    I've only just joined this forum so having a little look around the topics. I've got a five year old who really struggled with holding his pencil. I was told he had core strength issues which can apparently effect pencil grip. We got him a Correctagrip and it did take a few months of him using it both at home and at school but he's writing without it and holding his pencil really well. We still have problems with core strength but I think the Correctagrip trained him to hold the pencil in the correct position. Hope this helps


 

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