Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pincer Grasp on iPad

Here is the tip of the day when using an iPad - use a mini sponge.  A regular cellulose sponge cut up into a small piece will encourage the child to use a pincer grasp when using the iPad.  In the pictures above, you can see the pincer grasp on the mini sponge.  Now you can "write" directly on the iPad using the sponge instead of just the fingertips.  This is wonderful for visual motor activities (ie Visual Motor Workbook in pdf format opened in an app that allows you to mark up pdf documents).  It works on regular apps as well.  Tested it out on Letter School and it worked perfectly.  Hopefully, encouraging the pincer grasp with the mini sponge when forming letters or visual motor tasks on the iPad will result in be better carry over to actual handwriting compared to just using pad of the index finger.  Thanks OT with Apps for the idea!

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