All children need a helping hand when it comes to developing their skills – after all, as parents that’s a crucial part of our role in their earlier years – but what happens if your child seems to be a little behind the rest of the pack when it comes to development? In most cases there should be no real cause for concern as with the right tools you can help your child not only attain those skills but develop their confidence too.
Tools may not seem the most fun word to use in conjunction with your child’s learning processes but in actual fact thanks to the creation of innovative and interactive educational toys, giving your child that extra little push will be fun and rewarding for both of you.
As do all children, kids who suffer from development delay, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder, auditory processing disorder, cerebral palsy and Downs and other syndromes, will especially benefit massively from creative play, be it drawing, counting, assistance with motor skills or learning to read and write. For example, if your child is at an age where they should be learning to write but they are struggling with holding their pen or pencil correctly, pencil grips can be hugely useful in training them to hold the pen correctly. Pencil grips are widely used by therapists when dealing with handwriting issues and they are a simple way of ensuring that your child gets the best possible start when learning to write – and the best part is they look pretty cool too, so your child should not feel self-conscious when using one, even at school.
A pencil grip is an ergonomically moulted device which simply slides over the top of the pencil; when writing your child’s fingers will automatically be placed in the correct position without resorting to uncomfortable thumb wrapping or other incorrect positioning. Even if your child is not of school age but is showing signs of difficulty when it comes to gripping a pen, pencil or crayon, pencil grips also come in larger sizes which make them suitable for pre-school little ones.
Grip-able pencils are also a great way of getting kids to hold a writing implement in the correct way. These are regular pencils which have small rubber dots along the pencil’s shaft. The dots act as stimulants and they provide the writer with extra sensory information which in turn assists them with their grip.
Even in this day and age of computers, as adults, the majority of us give barely a second thought to picking up a pen and jotting something down but it wasn’t always that simple. I can’t really remember learning to write but I’m sure it was incredibly frustrating! I do remember the feeling of having sore fingers from not really knowing how to hold the pencil though and I am pretty sure that a pencil grip would have eliminated that and made the process so much easier.
If your child is showing signs of having difficulty learning to write, why not give them that extra little boost and help speed up the learning process so they’re no longer lagging behind their class mates?