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Development of Pencil Grasp from an OT Perspective

Observing a baby grasp a toy or pick up a bite of food for the first time is fascinating! You can just see their determination as they attempt to get their fingers to open and close around the object. So much is happening during this seemingly simple act… their brain is telling their arm to move, the hands are trying to coordinate with their eyes to gauge how far the toy or food is, and their fingers are trying to time when they should open to prepare for grasp and how to firmly close around the object without crushing it. All of that just to pick up a Cheerio?!

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