Posture and movement control for drawing and handwriting

Children with posture and movement difficulties, including those with joint hypermobility (low muscle tone), developmental coordination disorder (DCD) / dyspraxia, autism, ADD/HD and Down syndrome often have difficulties with several aspects of posture and movement control needed for drawing and handwriting.

Pencil grip and finger movements

What is an effective pencil grip?  An effective grip is adapted to the child's joints and allows the fingers to make small movements

Thumb position for an effective grip

How to assess your child's pencil grip and finger movements

How to change an ineffective grip

Training finger movements

Shoulder control for drawing and handwriting

Analysis of shoulder/elbow movements for drawing and handwriting 

Difficulties children have with shoulder control for drawing and handwriting

Sitting posture for working at a table 

Many children have difficulties with sitting erect and working at a table. This may be due to poor flexibility in the back and hips, muscle weakness or poorly developed  sitting stability.  A s a result the child may wriggle, get tired very quickly and appear to have poor attention. Read more