Strengthening the Tripod Grasp Fingers

RecyclingOTPublished: February 25, 2018Updated: February 26, 201890 views
Published: February 25, 2018Updated: February 26, 2018

A "tripod" pencil grasp is considered most efficient during handwriting. The term “tripod” is used because 3 fingers- the index, middle fingers and thumb look like a tripod when controlling the pencil.

Young children strengthen and develop coordination between the “tripod fingers” when squeezing clothespins, chip clips or tongs. This video demonstrates how to make and use similar "tongs" in repetitive fine-motor activities that young children or adults with developmental disabilities may enjoy.

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