When to use a bulb pencil gripper

When to use a bulb pencil gripper

Bulb grippers are sort of the “jack of all trades” gripper.  I use them for a variety of grasps that I see mostly in kids who haven’t really established a proper grasp yet.  Sometimes a kid will have a very immature supinate grasp (caveman grasp).  Or they might have a vague idea of holding the pencil, but not where to hold it, and are holding it near the middle.  What’s great about the bulb gripper is that it opens up the web space between thumb and index finger to allow for that space to form the tripod grasp.  Here’s how it looks:

And into the dynamic tripod pose:

You will want to be sure to position the gripper so that the edge of the gripper is just where the wooden part of the pencil begins.  The bulb gripper has 3 positions to choose from so kids can find the most comfortable position for their fingers to be in.  The thick part goes toward the eraser to form the bulk in the thumb web space.

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