As my son is in Pre-K this year (and preparing for Kindergarten in the fall), he is using a pencil much more frequently than before. I notice (as expected) that he tires after a short time and I wanted to know if any of you have suggestions for the best type of pencil gripper he should be using to eliminate fatigue? Also and other suggestions for adaptive equipment that has helped your son at this stage would be appreciated.

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My son has the same sort of problem, he can hold a pencil properly but after a couple of minutes he changes his pencil grip to a fist grip! His OT is looking into a pencil grip for him, so we should see what she comes up with in the next few weeks. James has also been given a sloping desk to take the pressure off his shoulders and spine when he writes. This also helps to prevent scoliosis for a little while longer. They were talking about giving him a special chair but we don't think it is necessary at this stage.
Sam used a small red pencil gripper last year. I have no idea on the name since they came from his teacher. He hasn't used them this year in 1st grade, but he doesn't seem to need them anymore.

Sharyn,
Thanks for the idea on the sloped desk. I might see if we can work on that with Sam. He does have a special chair and foot rest already. They've both been great. Especially since Sam is so short. The footrest keeps his feet from just dangling and keeps his feet at 90°.
Hi Laurie,

What type of chair and footrest does Sam have? We have Avery's annual IEP coming up next month and I want to put the pressure on the school district to have these items readily available to him at the start of Kindergarten. We tried a cube chair at his preschool, because he has the same problem, but the cube chair didn't work because the tables are too low to the ground.

I went online last night and bought a whole assortment of pencil grippers to try. I also bought a slant board for him. We have a slanted desk at home that I bought online several months ago, that also really seems to help because it also has a clip to hold papers still.

Laurie Paschal said:
Sam used a small red pencil gripper last year. I have no idea on the name since they came from his teacher. He hasn't used them this year in 1st grade, but he doesn't seem to need them anymore.

Sharyn,
Thanks for the idea on the sloped desk. I might see if we can work on that with Sam. He does have a special chair and foot rest already. They've both been great. Especially since Sam is so short. The footrest keeps his feet from just dangling and keeps his feet at 90°.
Lee Ann,
I'm not sure of the brand. It's a wooden chair with a flat seat and arm rests. It was ordered specifically to fit his measurements. I can' t remember if it's the adjustable type to grow with him or if they'll order a new one when (if) he grows. The slanted foot rest was ordered from the same place as the chair.

Lee Ann Faeth said:
Hi Laurie,

What type of chair and footrest does Sam have? We have Avery's annual IEP coming up next month and I want to put the pressure on the school district to have these items readily available to him at the start of Kindergarten. We tried a cube chair at his preschool, because he has the same problem, but the cube chair didn't work because the tables are too low to the ground.

I went online last night and bought a whole assortment of pencil grippers to try. I also bought a slant board for him. We have a slanted desk at home that I bought online several months ago, that also really seems to help because it also has a clip to hold papers still.

Laurie Paschal said:
Sam used a small red pencil gripper last year. I have no idea on the name since they came from his teacher. He hasn't used them this year in 1st grade, but he doesn't seem to need them anymore.

Sharyn,
Thanks for the idea on the sloped desk. I might see if we can work on that with Sam. He does have a special chair and foot rest already. They've both been great. Especially since Sam is so short. The footrest keeps his feet from just dangling and keeps his feet at 90°.
Hi,this is Panikos form Cyprus.My son Andreas (12yrs) has not faced any problems at this age. Not even now. From the various seminars I have attended I dont recall something like that. Are u on steroids?? Glad to help
We found using scissors to be a greater challenge than using a pencil. We've tried several kinds of adaptive scissors with different spring systems so that our son only has to close the scissors and they open easier. So, far, he doesn't like to use any of them. He likes the normal kind. I think if he had learned on adaptive scissors, he would be comfortable with them now, instead of suddenly learning something new. (The adaptive scissors were not a complete loss as they came in handy for cutting my coupons when I broke my right hand.) You may want to consider the right scissors at this time as well as a pencil grip.

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