Pencil Grasp Development…What to Expect

As a child grows and develops, the way in which he or she holds a writing utensil also develops. Written output starts with scribbling and eventually becomes precise letters, numbers and illustrations. Here is what you can expect to see as a child’s grasp evolves.

Pencil Grasp Development
Digital Pronate Ages 2 - 3
Static Tripod Ages 3.5 - 4
Static Quadrupod Ages 3.5 - 4

There are four grasp patterns that research has found to be mature and appropriate for functional writing. The difference between these grasps and the static grasps described above is that the fingers are moving and controlling the output of the writing tool.

Pencil Grasp Development
Dynamic Tripod:  Ages 4.5 - 6
Dynamic Quadrupod Ages 4.5 - 6
Lateral Tripod Ages 4.5 -6
Lateral Quadrupod Ages 4.5 - 6

Published by Linda Craig Dennis

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Author and Creator of Fun Strokes Pre-writing Program

2 thoughts on “Pencil Grasp Development…What to Expect

  1. This site is beautiful and well thought out. There’s so much in it that I will have to go back to get points that I missed. Great ideas, easy to implement plans, and overall usefulness. I am really excited to share this site with my parents at Warwick Kids’ Academy


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: