How to change your child’s grasp by changing their crayons
“He uses all of his fingers… and he gets annoyed when I correct him!”
As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I hear this from a lot of moms and teachers. Pencil and crayon grip is important, and it can be difficult to change when a child gets older.
But there’s hope! I promise!
CASE STUDY: HARRY
This is Harry, a 4-year-old with no interest in crayons. In the first picture, he’s using a palmar supinate grasp, which is typically seen in 1 to 1 ½ year olds. His mom, a teacher that I work, with approached me looking for help. Her question:
How can I change my child’s grasp?
Harry’s preferred grasp was a palmar supinate, using the pinky side of his hand to control the movement of the crayon. This grasp was inefficient and immature for his age. It also didn’t allow the small isolated movements of his fingers during writing and drawing activities. Coloring and drawing are a significant source of the fine motor exercise a 4-year-old child should be getting. So if the child isn’t using the right muscles for the activity, they are missing out on valuable strengthening time.
As you can see by the 2nd image above, Harry’s mom took my recommendations – and it WORKED!
I’m so excited to share my favorite trick to stop kids from using too many fingers AND 2 magical crayons to use. But here’s why these tricks are important for parents and teachers to know.