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Listed below are various grasping positions, ranked in order from least challenging to most challenging. If your child is having difficulty with a task, try placing the object  in an easier position to grab.

  1. Grasp from fingertips
  2. Grasp from palm of hand
  3. Grasp from surface in front of shoulder, close to body
  4. Grasp from surface in front of shoulder, further from body
  5. Grasp from surface near middle of body
  6. Grasp with object off a surface

Your child can further practice the grasping positions listed above by completing the activities listed below:

  • Grasping adapted markers/crayons/paintbrush/glue
  • Maintaining a grasp on bucket or grocery bag while walking, gradually increasing weight or distance walked
  • Grasping objects of various sizes (cubes, Koosh balls, tubes, blocks, balled up tissue paper)and putting them into containers
  • Carrying large items from one area to another
  • Playing with figurines - work on pinching to “hold hand” and make them walk across table
  • Grasping and pushing/pulling various objects (push toys, shopping cart, bike handlebars)
  • Picking up toy cars and putting them on a ramp
  • Maintaining a grasp on bucket or grocery bag while walking, gradually increasing weight or distance walked
  • Pulling Velcro-backed pictures off of  a schedule or chore chart
  • Carrying large items from one area to another
  • Grasping Legos and stacking them
  • Grasping and pushing/pulling various objects (push toys, shopping cart, bike handlebars)
  • Playing board games with pieces of various sizes to work on pincer grasp
  • Pulling a rope/hula hoop to pull a friend on scooter board, gradually increasing distance
  • Adding Velcro to checkers and checker board to add resistance
  • Maintaining grasp on parachute, jump rope (put beanbag/ball in parachute or increase time)
  • Putting coins/buttons in piggy bank or slotted box
  • Incorporate into routine (picking up dirty clothes and placing in laundry hamper/basket)
  • Building towers with blocks
  • Playing Tug-of-war
  • Grasping and pulling off Velcro baseball/football
  • Grasping Velcro balls and pulling them off of a vertical surface
  • Grasping items from various surfaces (bed, floor, tables at different heights)
  • Grasping the remote while playing Wii games Maintaining grasp on handle bar of bike/tricycle
  • Opening doors
  • Completing puzzles with large knobs

 

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