Technology hampering kids’ ability to hold pencils, pens

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If your kid is unable to hold the pencil correctly or has difficulty holding a pen, blame it on the increased use of touch-screens. In fact, if a finding by a research clinic in London is to be believed, increasing numbers of kids may be developing handwriting late due to overuse of technology.

Researchers are also of the view that children coming to school now do not have the hand strength and dexterity they had a decade back. Sally Payne, the head paediatric therapist at the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust in the UK, is of the opinion that excessive use of phones and tablets is preventing kid’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently, making it increasingly hard for them to hold pens and pencils

Payne says that to be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers. “Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills. It is easier to give a child an iPad than encourage them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking or pulling toys and ropes,” she puts in, adding that kids coming into school are given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they do not have the fundamental movement skills.

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