Products: Supplementals: Grippers
Pencil Grippers for Teaching and Therapy -
8 varieties are available for your convenience...
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.
(It works on cutting tools and brushes too!)
EZ GripFits Regular Pencils, Pens, Brushes, and Hobby Knives.
This ergonomic shape is recommended by many OT's for people suffering from writer's cramp, arthritis, etc., and for children who persist with the various claw-like grip habits developed during early experimentation. If the pupil shows thumb-tucking or thumb-wrapping this device can help. The soft plastic shape supports the first knuckle of the pointer, promotes a good thumb position (particularly for a right-hander) and encourages the use of large muscles instead of "finger-writing."
The Pencil Grip, both regular and JUMBO, fit regular pencils and pens
This gumball-with-dents shape is OK for right-handers but tends to promote a thumb-forward position when applied for a left-handed writer. The thumb should be positioned as a fulcrum - a little farther away from the point than the pointer finger tip. If you can get your left-handed pupil to place the thumb on the pencil, behind the gripper, it allows better use of the correct muscles. Please consider the new Solo Grip which offers better position help for left-handers as well as right-handers.
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. However, 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 triangle shape helps to promote the tripod grip. It "fits" for left-handed and right-handed kids. If a pupil still tries to wrap the thumb or other fingers, you should provide a "fatter" pencil and the jumbo triangle shown below.
This jumbo triangle fits the Lincoln-log-sized round pencils. Preschool experimentation often presents us with some rather bizarre gripping habits. They can actually block the use of correct muscles and usually cause writer's cramp problems when writing demands increase.
The Crossover Grip!
We feel it is so effective that we have included it in the popular Try All Seven pack immediately. If the Finger Fitter 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.
What better way to find out which will work best?
We now include one of each gripper shown above in this pack.
Note: The triangular jumbo for thick round pencils is no longer included in this package.