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November 2017: Grasping and Releasing During Play

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This post is a continuation of our series focused on improving your child’s arm and hand movement.

Last month, we suggested exercises to improve grasping and releasing ability that could easily be incorporated into your child’s daily routine. This month, we’ve compiled an additional list of grasping and releasing activities that you can have your child practice during playtime.

  • Ask your child to pull off Velcro-backed pictures on a schedule or chore chart. If it’s easier, the affected hand can act as a stabilizer while the dominant hand pulls them off.
  • Have your child pick up and stack blocks or interlocking blocks like Legos.
  • When playing a board game with your child, have them work on the pincer grasp by alternating which hand moves the pawn, asking them to switch duringeach turn. You can also help your child work on their grasping while playing card games by having them shuffle cards.
  • Add Velcro to checkers and a checker board. This will add resistance and build up your child’s strength when they grasp pieces.
  • Ask your child to put coins/buttons in a piggy bank or a slotted box. Playing cards are also a good item to put into a slot - think about using recycled oatmeal containers. This activity will require your child to practice grasping, reaching, and letting go. 

If you have a topic or questions that you would like the Helping Hands blog to address, please email HelpingHands@kennedykrieger.org.

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