You probably shouldn't blame touchscreens for your kid's terrible handwriting

Popular Science | 3/9/2018 | Staff
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One of the most contentious issues in handwriting is how one should hold a pen. For years, the dynamic tripod grip—pen held between thumb, first, and middle finger—has been considered to be the most efficient or “correct” way to hold a pen. But while Britain’s national curriculum encourages a dynamic tripod in writing development, it is not mandatory.

Studies have found that the dynamic tripod grip does not offer an advantage over other common alternatives. The biomechanics associated with a tripod grip may make writing less of an effort, but other grips do not seem to hinder handwriting performance in any way. However, if a child has a grip that is clearly not functional—for example, they wrap their hand around the pencil in a palmar grasp—or they are experiencing pain, then this would warrant input.

Touchscreens - Motor - Skills—or - Ability - Objects

As yet it is unclear whether using touchscreens impacts the fine motor skills—or ability to manipulate objects skillfully—young children require to grip a pen. In fact, one study which looked specifically at scrolling a screen and its relationship with developmental milestones found no evidence to support a negative association between age of first touchscreen use and early milestones (language as well...
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