Why a Tripod Grasp?

Why a Tripod Grasp?

Why do OT’s encourage a tripod grasp?

First, what is a tripod grasp? A tripod grasp refers to a common hand grip, utilizing the thumb, pointer, and index fingers. We use this grasp to pick up and move small objects, and to control writing utensils.

Why is it so important? Using an appropriate tripod grasp can be the difference between legible and illegible notes, and/or having the endurance to sustain writing at all. When using three fingers, our muscles are evenly distributed on the writing tool and will effectively encourage:

  • Increased control
  • Increased writing endurance


How to work on a tripod grasp with children:

Fortunately, writing is not the only solution to prompt this skill. Drawing, dot painting with cue tips, and games like “Banana Blast” can all be adapted to promote a tripod grasp. All you need to do is familiarize yourself with the grip and add it in as a rule to the game. Pencil grips are also a great tool, just make sure they are encouraging this grasp pattern and not just looking cool.

Want to know more? Be sure to watch our video here, then check out this additional blog post from “OT Perspective.”

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