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Pencil Grasp in the Young Child | Short course

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In this course we are going to have a closer look at the development of pencil grasp in young children. We will look at the different ages and stages and discuss how the physiology of a young child’s hands needs to be taken into consideration in educational tasks.

Chapter 1: Pencil Grasp

Lesson 1: Definitions of Grasps

Lesson 2: Development of pencil grasp

Lesson 3: What does the development of pencil grasp look like?

Lesson 4: Alternate Pencil Grasps That Are Functional for Children

Lesson 5: Activities That Promote the Development of Pencil Grasp

Chapter 2: Posture

Lesson 1: What does correct sitting posture look like?  And why does it matter?

Lesson 2: Why is Correct Sitting Posture Important?

Lesson 3: What Does Correct Sitting Posture Look Like?

Lesson 4: How Do You Encourage Better Sitting Posture with Your Students?

Lesson 5: Considerations Regarding Seated Posture

Chapter 3: Developing little hands

Lesson 1: Hand development

Lesson 2: Crossing the mid line

Lesson 3: Pincer grasp

Lesson 4: Hand dominance

Lesson 5: Activities to develop the hands

Chapter 4: Foundations of handwriting

Lesson 1: Handwriting Foundations

Lesson 2: What is the sequence of visual motor skills?

Lesson 3: Quick pre-writing skill building activities to add to daily life: Lesson 4:Developmental stages of Writing

Lesson 5: Why are some children only scribbling when others in the preschool class are writing?

Lesson 6: Why do children write so big that their name can’t fit on a single piece of paper?

Lesson 7: Why do some children write many of their letters backwards

Chapter 5: Pencil grasp difficulties

Lesson 1: What is poor pencil grasp?

Lesson 2: Why you don’t want a child to have a poor pencil grasp

Lesson 3: Poor hand position can cause a poor pencil grasp

Lesson 4: Ways to Correct a Poor Pencil Grasp

Lesson5: Tips for left handed Writers

Chapter 6: Handwriting performance

Lesson1: What is handwriting performance?

Lesson 2: Why is handwriting performance important?

Lesson 3: What are the building blocks necessary to develop handwriting performance?

Lesson 4: How can I tell if a child has problems with handwriting performance?

Lesson 5: What other problems can occur when a child has handwriting performance difficulties?

Lesson 6: What can be done to improve handwriting performance?

Lesson 7: If left untreated what can difficulties with handwriting performance lead to?

Lesson 8: What type of therapy is  recommended for handwriting performance difficulties?

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Course Content

Chapter 1: Pencil Grasp

  • Lesson 1: Definitions of Grasps
  • Lesson 2: Development of Pencil Grasp
  • Lesson 3: What Does the Development of Pencil Grasp Look Like?
  • Lesson 4: Alternate Pencil Grasps That Are Functional for Children
  • Lesson 5: Activities That Promote the Development of Pencil Grasp

Chapter 2: Posture

Chapter 3: Developing little hands

Chapter 4: Foundations of Handwriting

Chapter 5: Pencil grasp difficulties

Chapter 6: Handwriting performance

Final Test – Pencil Grasp in the Young Child
Please note that if you fail this test, you will fail the course and need to reenrol. If you stop at any point, you will be given a Zero [0] mark. You have to complete this test in one sitting. We strongly encourage you to go through your course notes before starting this exam.

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Student Ratings & Reviews

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8 months ago
10 months ago
It was very informative, highly recommend this course. Thank you for taking your time to make it.
Nicola Visser
12 months ago
I enjoyed it. Some content I was already familiar with, and some was new to me. I did however notice a few errors in the written materials(grammar/typing) which can be fixed. The videos were very helpful and could be used more. Thank you.
12 months ago
Very informative and motivating to help
12 months ago
Really enjoyed the course. It was very informative.
1 year ago
I’ve learned alot
1 year ago
really helpful
1 year ago
It was a very interesting course, the videos were good. I would recommend more videos.
1 year ago
ALthough working with pencil grip and children for over 10 years, I still learned something new. I would have liked to see more media examples/videos of activities.

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