Stage One incorporates the thumb, index, and middle finger into the appropriate pattern of an efficient tripod grasp. This correct placement of the fingers on the pencil is the initial step to begin decreasing the child’s hand from becoming tired when writing, allows for better pencil control, and leads to better letter formation. In addition, cognitive components of attention and memory are also fostered and improved.
The Stage One grip was derived using the 'neuro-developmental frame of reference'. It is used to analyze movement based on kinesiology and biomechanics. In designing the Stage One grip, planes of movement, alignment, range of motion, base of support, muscle strength, postural control, weight shifts, and overall mobility was considered.
Combining the advantage and shortcomings of various pencil grips on market, our team designed an all new pencil grasp with input from teachers and experts in the field of developmental pediatrics. It effectively introduces the "dynamic tripod" grasp which will not only be used throughout their time in school, but throughout life.
This pencil grip was designed to work with a multitude of writing utensils. It is suitable for standard pencils, crayons, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, pens, narrow markers, and more. This flexibility of fitting multiple writing instruments was a specific teacher request. Teachers expressed concerns of students transitioning between many activities throughout the day that call for more than using a pencil.