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Topic: #child-development

Holding a Pencil Becomes a Learning Outcome



“Children Struggle to Hold Pencils Due to Too Much Tech, Doctors Say”
Amelia Hill, The Guardian, February 25, 2018

No, it's not “too much tech” — it's too little experience with crayons, building blocks, pull toys, modeling clay, and such like.

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” said Sally Payne, the head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust. “Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not able to hold it because they don't have the fundamental movement skills.”

“To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers. Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills.”

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018