Many children develop claw-like and/or tight, cramped gripping habits during early experimentation. In the beginning, lagging pencil-holding skills don't seem to cause much trouble. But, poor pencil gripping skill can actually prevent the training and use of the best group of muscles by blocking gross-motor involvement and fluent movement. The development of relaxed fluency is desirable for many more reasons than most people realize. The movement training of directed handwriting lessons, allows the brain to record dynamic information which affects fluency of reading and composition later on. It is a shame to see a bright child miss the benefit of good movement training because he or she resists the learning of good pencil-holding skills.
Pencil grippers can be helpful reminders but they seldom
teach on their own. A new grip position will always feel strange. It usually
opens the process for participation by different muscle groups. Children
may resist using the gripper because of the new grip it stimulates. You
will have to explain the goals for good position and motivate children
to use the aid correctly - until they get used to the way it feels and
develop some control with the new position and muscle groups.
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The ergonomic design is aimed at reduction of grip pressure for people suffering from carpal tunnel and arthritis.
Use it this way, hook to the side for the thumb, to combat "Pinchitis."
Pointer on the hook, as pictured above, enhances pressure without pinching and pushing down on the pencil. This way it helps arthritis and carpal tunnel by reducing the need for writing pressure.
EZ GripFits Regular Pencils, Pens, Brushes, and Hobby Knives.
Pack of 3 #192001 $2.70
Pack of 25 #192002 $22.95
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The new JUMBO version offers
improved help for adults. The same basic shape in a larger size fits adult
hands better. Therapists working with adult clients may want to have a
few of these available. Some children may benefit also. If the child continues
to wrap the thumb with a regular TPG, this jumbo version might stimulate
a more relaxed grip posture.
The Pencil Grip
The Pencil Grip Jumbo
The Pencil Grip, both regular and JUMBO, fit regular pencils and pens
Pack of 5 The Pencil Grip, Regular #172002-5 $ 8.25
Pack of 25 The Pencil Grip, Regular #172002 $ 37.95
Pack of 5 The Pencil Grip, JUMBO #172005-5 $ 14.95
Pack of 25 The Pencil Grip, JUMBO #172005 $ 89.45
For Regular Pencils And Pens
Pack of 5 Stetro Grips #182010-5 $3.00
Pack of 25 Stetro Grips #182010 $10.25
Pack of 100 Stetro Grips #182012 $35.95
The Solo Grip
The Solo Grip is a bit like the Stetro. It feels like the same type of plastic and the shape offers "dents" for finger placement. Howerver, the "dents" shown above are a big improvement. It works for a "righty" and worlds better for a "lefty" because it promotes a much improved thumb position - a weakness for the Stetro. The grip is marked with an "R" and and "L" shown in the close-up above. A righty places pointer on the "L" and thumb on the "R." A Lefty places pointer on the "R" and thumb on the "L." The side you don't see in the close-up is curved to fit the side of the middle finger for either student.
Package of 5 Solo Grips # 192171-5 $ 3.25
Package of 25 Solo Grips # 192171 $ 14.95
Package of 100 Solo Grips # 192170 $ 59.00
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For Regular Pencils
Pack of 5 Regular Triangle Grip #182017-5 $2.25
Pack of 25 Regular Triangle Grip #182017 $8.85
Pack of 100 Regular Triangle Grip #182019 $31.00
Despite some opinions to the contrary, we know that the majority of youngsters exhibiting "claw" and "thumb-avoidance" habits, do respond positively when a thicker device is provided - it is simple ergonomics, when the small muscles are opened relaxation results.
Pack of 5 Jumbo Triangle Grip #102007-5 $3.00
Pack of 25 Jumbo Triangle Grip #102007 $10.25
Pack of 100 Jumbo Triangle Grip #102009 $35.95
The Crosover Grip provides a thick body like The Pencil Grip with "wings" that keep the pointer and thumb tucked securly in the right place. It is pliable enough to use on any of our pencils - from the B21 thick triangular to regular non-triangular varieties. You will have to help a little one adjust the grip when used on a thick pencil - a big advantage. If they are forever playing with the gripper or sliding out of the way when you're not looking, this will solve the problem. It addresses the issue of extra fingers on top of the pencil which has such a negative effect on wrist position and paper holding. The wings help to improve the feeling of control which makes the tripod grip we seek feel so much better to those little fingers.
We feel it so effective that we have included it in the popular Try All Seven pack immediately. If the B21 Triangular pencil is not enough to allow a relaxed correct grip, this new tool seems to offer additional help.
You will find The Crossover with our other grippers in the web store - 5 pack and 25 pack.
It is also included the new Try All Seven Pack.
Pack of 5 Crossover Grip #173305-5 $8.95
Pack of 25 Crossover Grip #173325 $44.50
Pack of 100 Crossover Grip #173300 $170.00
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We now include one of each gripper shown above in this pack.
One Stetro, One EZ Grip, One The Pencil Grip, One The Pencil Grip Jumbo, One Solo Grip, One Regular Triangle, One Crossover
Note: The triangular jumbo for thick round pencils is no longer included in this package.
Pack of seven pencil grippers # 152007 $9.30
Last update: July 2009, Rand H. Nelson, Peterson Directed Handwriting