Strategies for Handwriting

One of the more common reasons  that students are referred for OT is for abnormal pencil grasp.   While  most of us were taught that there is “one right way” to hold a pencill there are actually several functional grasps (see below).  If a student is using an alternative grasp, there is no need to be concerned unless he or she complains of hand fatigue or is struggling with legibility.

Most students with a poor pencil grasp have underlying hand muscle weakness, so if you observe an abnormal grasp pattern, be sure to check out our Strengthening Activities for the Hands under Fine Motor Skills Development. While some strategies  have immediate results, building hand  strength requires regular practice of resistance activities to build up the intrinsic hand muscles.

The following documents contain strategies to address the most common types of handwriting problems: