the way, you should know that changing a child's pencil
grasp may or
may not have a noticeable effect on his or her
handwriting. Research is
pointing to less of a connection than OTs have
Here is a link to the article that made many of us throw
handouts, theory, gripper and favorite activities for
pull out therapy
out the window:
Effect of Pencil Grasp on the Speed and Legibility of Handwriting in Children.
Still, for younger children developing bad habits, students who complain of pain, or if you think in a particular case it could really make a difference, here you go!:
This book by occupationla therapist Barbara Smith is for
get an understanding about development of hand skills in
pre-Kindergarten children, and to engage children in
develop those skills. This is excellent to avoid developing
wacky grasps that children come up with when trying to learn
without having the developmental readiness to use a writing
Barbara also has a blog & website that includes activity ideas, The Recycling Therapist.
Slack publishers has published a book by two OT's called 1001 Pediatric Treatment Activities: Creative Ideas for Therapy Sessions. It includes some of the same activities I have on this webpage and others, and has helpful photos of many of them. I think it would probably be very useful for OT's getting started working with children.