Category Archives: Autism

Autism, Early Intervention, Sensory Integration, Motor Skills, Intensive Blocks of Treatment, Paediatric Occupational Therapists, London

Why is my child holding their pencil wrong?

What are inefficient pencil grasps? 

My child struggles to hold their pencil.

My child says their hands are sore or are tired when writing. 

My child refuses to write. 

Parents often say the above when their child has an inefficient pencil grasp.  Oftentimes, children who have decreased sensory processing and strength (the skills we need for STABILITY in our body), will find other ways to be stable in their body, leading to inefficient pencil grasps. 

See below for some common inefficient pencil grasps, and why kids may be using them? 


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When should a child hold their pencil correctly?

What is the correct way to hold a pencil? 

These are common questions that parents ask me so I have created this visual to show typical grasping development and its connection to the whole body.

Afterall, ‘it’s all connected.’

Have a look below to see how STABILITY leads to MOBILITY for typical pencil grasp development. Immature pencil grasp development refers to when your child acquires these ‘typical’ grasps at a later age. PENCIL GRIP MILESTONES Typical

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Brain Explains Asperger’s & Temple Grandin as the ‘most influential’

Two Things:

Firstly, who watches the PBS cartoon ‘Arthur’? I wonder if this cartoon is popular amongst children in London as it was in the States.

On this video clip, Brain, one of the characters on ‘Arthur’, explains Asperger’s Syndrome in a really simple and nice way for both    children and adults to understand. I think it would be brilliant to show teachers, classmates, family, and friends to understand why  children with Asperger’s Syndrome are the way that they are. Please share with your schools, teachers, family, and friends.

Secondly, you can now cast your votes for people whom you think merit the position of ‘Most Influential in the World’ for TIME magazine. This year Temple Grandin has made it to the list along with celebrities like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Michelle Obama.

As a child, Temple Grandin was diagnosed with Autism. Her parents were told that she should be institutionalized! She has a  doctorate degree and is a well respected advocate for humane treatment of livestock animals. She has also written books about  Autism such as ‘Thinking in Pictures’, ‘Emergence: Labeled Autistic’, and ‘Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships.’ Temple Grandin  has shed  great insight  into the life of a person with Autism, helping professionals, families, and the community understand them  better.

Here is a chance to vote for a truly inspiring person as the ‘Most Influential’.,28804,1972075_1972078_1972474,00.html

World Autism Awareness Day

“I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.” -Temple Grandin

Today the Empire State Building in my old hometown, NYC, will be lit in Blue! …..Wear your blue today for Autism Awareness Day.

In London, check out:

Flap, an art exhibition by UK artist, Robyn Steward, a woman with Autism.
Location: ACE Fusion (Caribbean Restaurant), 110 St Johns Hill, Wandsworth, SW11 1SJ
View this site for worldwide events.