Pediatric Therapeutic Services


One of the more common reasons  that students are referred for OT is for abnormal pencil grasp.   While  most of us were taught that there is “one right way” to hold a pencill there are actually several functional grasps (see below).  If a student is using an alternative grasp, there is no need to be concerned unless he or she complains of hand fatigue or is struggling with legibility.

Most students with a poor pencil grasp have underlying hand muscle weakness, so if you observe an abnormal grasp pattern, be sure to check out our Strengthening Activities for the Hands under Fine Motor Skills Development. While some strategies  have immediate results, building hand  strength requires regular practice of resistance activities to build up the intrinsic hand muscles.

The following documents contain strategies to address the most common types of handwriting problems:

Document Title
Activities to Encourage Hand Dominance
773.95 KB
Activities to Remediate Letter Reversals
319.00 KB
Adaptions to Increase Grip on Writing Utensils
869.57 KB
Handwriting Speed and Legibility
557.39 KB
Heavy Pencil Pressure
591.33 KB
Helping Hands-A-World of Manipulatives to Boost Handwriting Skills
3,965.54 KB
More Handwriting Handouts
69.50 KB
OTs Top Ten List for Pre-Handwriting Excercises
345.90 KB
Pencil Grasps
704.83 KB
Reasonable Answers to Handwriting Questions
7,329.75 KB
Visual Motor Activity
1,729.62 KB
Ways to Encourage Letter-Number Handwriting
293.32 KB
Weighted Pencils
333.18 KB
Writes Too Lightly
556.77 KB
Writing Strategies
3,237.23 KB
Activities to Aid Development of an Efficient Grasp
95.10 KB
Bilateral Coordination Activities
47.44 KB
Handwriting Problems Solutions
69.73 KB
Handwriting Strategies for the Classroom
113.91 KB
Keyboarding Programs
156.93 KB
One handed programs
49.27 KB
Fine Motor Ideas
268.69 KB
Efficient Grips
150.85 KB
Inefficient Grips
177.83 KB
Reasonable Answers to Commonly Asked Handwriting Questions
276.31 KB
Make Those Hands Strong - Hand Strengthening - Fine Motor Activities for the Classroom
289.67 KB
Classroom Handwriting Warmups
150.37 KB
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