Thursday, October 19, 2017
The Pencil Grip, Inc. ~ Review
We had the opportunity to review two products from the company, The Pencil Grip, Inc. We received The Ultra Safe Safety Scissors and The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit.
We tested The 3 Step Pencil Grip Training Kit first. They say in the paperwork that these grips can be used by adults. That is how we decided to use them. We don't have any children in the house who are new writers, so we could only test them as adults.
This three step transitional program helps children get the proper grip on the pencil or pen from the start. It can also help adults who never learned how to properly hold a writing utensil to improve their writing grip. This would come in handy if your hand cramps a lot while writing. Step 1 is called the Crossover Grip. This grip provides maximum structure and reinforcement of proper positioning. The grip has a cape covering the writer's fingers that makes it very comfortable and supportive. I liked it.
The second stage is the Pinch Grip. This stage only has partial wings covering the writer's fingers so that he/she can have more freedom to move his/her fingers and helps the writer to be able to see the exact placement of their fingers.
The final stage is the graduation stage. This stage provides a lifetime of support and comfort. My son, who has had years of occupational therapy for cerebral palsy, has always been against using any kind of grip that an occupational therapist suggested. However, he didn't mind using the step 2 grip. He found it more comfortable than most.
The second product to review was the Ultra Safe Safety Scissors. Wow, there is no way to cut your fingers on these scissors! They would be perfect for a preschooler who is just developing their cutting skills. I used these myself, since I didn't have a young child handy. Once I got the hang of them, they were very easy to use. A preschooler may need some help sliding the paper into the channel the first few times, but they would get the hang of it quickly. The shield covers a sharp but completely safe blade that will cut several pieces of paper at once. I am impressed. I wish I had these for my kids when they were younger. They grew up with blunt scissors that were difficult to use. This product also has a flexible spring that automatically opens when the scissors are squeezed closed which makes it easier on weak hands. The spring can be flattened down and not used once the child's hands are stronger and the child wants to cut faster. I will definitely be storing these away for the at-home preschool my daughter and I plan to start her senior year.
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