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Helping your Child with Proper Pencil Grip/ Aydudando a su Hijo Agarrar el lapíz Correctamente

I was a little surprised to notice how my youngest was holding his crayon recently.  He uses all five fingers in a way that is actually difficult to describe.  I decided to offer fatter crayons, skinnier ones, etc... to see if any would help the problem.  I tried to show him how to hold it correctly.  He tried, but could not, and held it pinched between the two appropriate fingers, but in a rather unusual way.  Nothing seemed to help remedy the situation.  I try not to bring much attention to it, although every now and again, I do gently tell prompt him, How do we hold our crayon?  He tries but he cannot.  I think I will even give up on telling him that, at least for now.

Me soprendí cuando vi como mi hijo menor aggaraba a los lapices de color apenas.  Usa todos los dedos, de una manera que es dificil describir.  Intenté con lapices más gruesos, menos gruesos, etc... para ver si el problema solo se resuelve.  También le mostré como aggararlo de la forma correcta, y lo intentó, pero realmente fue cosa que no pudo hacer.  Decidí mejor no señalar tanta atención hacia el asunto. 

After a bit of research, I have come to a number of conclusions.  The inability to hold the crayon (or pencil) correctly, is often due to weak hand and finger muscles.  He needs to do exercises that strengthen his muscles, a prerequisite to proper grip of the pencil and crayon.  

Después de un poco de investigación sobre el tema, he llegado a los siguientes conclusiones.  La inabilidad de aggarar bien al lapíz tiene que ver con musculos debiles (en parte).  El niño se requiere ejercicios de motricidad fina, para fortalecer la mano, un requisito previo de poder usar los lapices.

Exercises to help fine motor coordination and muscle development:
Los siguientes ejercicios se pueden ayudar a la motricidad fina y el desarollo muscular:

1. Lacing cards - Bordando tarjetas o fieltre con cordón
2. Stringing beads, macaroni, etc... - Encordar macarones, eslabones, u otras cosas pequeñas
3. Doing any other activity with the pincer grip. - Haciendo otras actividades con agarre de pinza
4. Squeezing lemons, oranges, garlic, etc... using a hand press - Usando esprimidor de limones, naranjas, o ajo (haz jugo!)
5. Using scissors/ cutting activities - Usando tijeras

For the meantime, I thought to experiment with block crayons, or other more ergonomic shapes, such as the rock crayons.  While he may not be able to hold the crayon appropriately, it would also not be good for him to develop a habit of inappropriately holding it either.  So, it may be best for him to avoid some of these items for a time.  Yikes.  Drawing seems to be his new thing.  He never had any interest in at all, until quite recently, and then sat and drew pictures, page after page for a tremendously long time.



Seeing this comparison of the blocks, next to skinny little sticks, it seems logical that it might help.  Had I realized sooner!

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