Many children suffer with handwriting. There are multiple reasons explaining why a child unable to write legibly. Some of them physiological such as developmental delays/problems affecting vision, visual-motor, visual-perceptual and fine-motor components involved in handwriting. Also, underdevelopment of hand skills, muscle strength or parents/caregivers inability to address problem at the right period of time (child develops poor habit of holding writing instrument) affecting handwriting greatly. Simple solution to correct grasping skills (not mentioning proper positioning yet) is to use pencil grippers, but they are getting lost quickly along with pencils. Now, some companies, such as Lyra and Ticonderoga, started making pencils with ergonomic shape and natural grip zone, so child's fingers go into right position. Offset slide guards for the thumb, index and middle fingers support an optimal writing hold, even after sharpening. The special groove design makes a proper grip seem logical to a child. The large size of the pencil is perfect for small hands and for shading large areas. For every case we should keep in mind individual abilities, but these pencils with grooves seem to be a smart and simple way of teaching children to hold pencil efficiently and to improve handwriting.
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