How to get him to hold a pencil the right way?
John’s extensive team is still trying to help him learn this oh-so-elusive skill.
So, as John would say, “How about this?”
Thus, we have blended piano fingering with occupational therapy with academic skills.
So, to standardize:
Thumb is 1.
Index Finger is 2.
Middle Finger is 3.
Ring Finger is 4.
Pinky is 5.
With the very faintest of prompts, I am to help John put 1 in the 1 hole.
The rest he has to figure out.
And no one says anything.
Eventually, the written number 1 will be purged from the grip.
And John finally grips a pencil in a 3-finger tripod grip.
Like the other kids.
And you know the secret, right?
Practice. Practice. Practice.
Try this with your kids?
Peace be with us,
And thanks, Alma Liotta!