Excessive Use of Technology Troubles Children in Holding Pencils

Excessive use of technology troubles children in holding pencils, according to the warning released by senior pediatric occupational therapists.

Pediatric occupational therapist head, Sally Payne from the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust said in a statement that, “Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago. Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not being able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.”


However, the child psychotherapist, Barbie Clarke, who is the founder of research agency – the Family Kids and Youth says that even nursery schools have acutely been aware of this issue which originates from immoderately using technologies in day to day life.

Children’s finger muscles are prevented by an immoderate use of phones and tablets with touchscreen technologies, from their sufficient development of capability of properly holding a pen or pencil.

Dr. Sally Payne added to the statement 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’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes. Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil.”

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