Supporting Pencil Grasp Development Online Edition
Activities and Worksheets to Help Children Develop a Functional Pencil Grasp
Supporting Pencil Grasp Development is a programme designed by occupational therapist Kim Griffin to help to develop a child’s pencil grasp and pencil control. The programme is for children from three and a half to eight years of age. It is suitable for children that are learning to hold a pencil and for those that need extra help to develop a functional pencil grasp.
The programme includes an animated warm-up song (Crocodile Snap), activities to help develop the fine motor skills needed for a functional pencil grasp and over 800 worksheets. It can be used with an individual child, with a small group or as a whole class intervention.
The online edition provides:
- Educational videos on posture, grasp development and tips for helping children with poor pencil grasp.
- Instructions on how to run the programme with individuals, groups or a whole class
- Video examples of how to do each activity
- Specific targets for different age group
- Over 800 downloadable worksheets
- Downloadable evaluation and record keeping forms
This programme includes activities you can do to help develop and improve a child’s pencil grasp in as little as five minutes a day.It is the perfect programme for young children who are learning to hold their pencil. In addition, it is an excellent resource to use with children who have an awkward or immature pencil grasp.
You can find more information on the GriffinOT website, or watch the sample videos.
Kim is an occupational therapist striving to make occupational therapy supports available to all teachers and parents. Her goal is to ensure that families and school have immediate access to this occupational therapy expertise. She wants them to know how they can help their children. Hailing from Australia but now based in London, she splits her time between creating these courses and working in schools.
Kim qualified as occupational therapist in Australia in 2003. Since then, she has had the privilege of working with many children and their families, as well as teachers. She has worked in Australia, Ireland and the UK. Kim has completed her post graduate sensory integration training through the University of Ulster.
A core focus of her career has been helping children who have sensory processing difficulties and/or motor skill challenges. This includes extensive experience supporting children with autism/ASD, developmental delays, dyspraxia/DCD and specific learning difficulties.
Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration University of Ulster, UK (2012)
Masters in Health Science (Occupational Therapy) University of Sydney, Australia (2007)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours James Cook University, Townsville, Australia (awarded March 2003)
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