Pediatric Occupational Therapy | Blue Sky Therapeutics, LLC
Holding the Pencil too lightly/Decreased Coordination for Handwriting:
Usually kids who exhibit this behavior are not getting the proper tactile or proprioceptive feedback into their hands to hold and manipulate the writing utensil accurately.
What can be done?
- Increase tactile feedback into hands through play activities with textured materials, messy play, and cooking
- Increase proprioception in hands: this is done by increasing joint input through heavy work in fingers, allowing child to become more aware of hands/fingers and how to use joints effectively (semi-dry play-dough, putty, wheel barrel waling, crab walking, pulling heavy objects, hanging from monkey bars, cutting thick paper or felt, etc.)
- Before writing have child press hands together, pull hands apart without letting go, wheel barrel walk or crab walk to table, press hands on table, clap them together, etc.
- Utilize mushy pencil grip and encouraging squeezing of the grip
- Vertical writing- on white wash board or chalk board- gravity provides resistance and proprioception in arm and hand
- Tracing letters in cornstarch and water