A bunch of people emailed us and asked on social media:
“What causes an inefficient pencil grasp, anyway?”
There’s no easy answer to this one.
A few reasons for an inefficient or maladaptive pencil grasp are:
- Overexposure or increased access to writing and drawing activities before a child is developmentally ready
- Anatomy – such as poor hand strength, low muscle tone, or lax ligaments
- Sensory processing – such as tactile defensiveness of the hands, or avoidance of the feeling of pencil on paper
And, a reason that may surprise you…
- Primitive reflexes that haven’t naturally gone away (integrated)
There are actually five (5) different reflexes that impact a child’s grasping pattern. Here they are!
Keep in mind, every child needs to be observed to see what’s what for each individual case.
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