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Evaluating the Effects of Grasp Patterns and Grip Strength on Handwriting Skills, poster, Thomas Jefferson University, Occupational Therapy, AOTA, Baltimore Maryland, 2014


Background Information

  • Handwriting is a critical and complex skill that school aged children acquire over time.
  • When a child demonstrates handwriting difficulties, he or she may have challenges with:

Completing written school assignments in a timely fashion,

Taking notes,

Finishing homework,

Completing exams, especially short answer.

  • 80% to 85% of occupational therapy referrals in schools are due to atypical grasp pattern, fine motor and handwriting concerns that affect a child’s educational performance.