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Health & Fit Too much tech: Today's kids struggle to hold pencils, study says

17:37  01 march  2018
17:37  01 march  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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Kids are having trouble holding a pencil properly because of too much exposure to technology , a new study suggests. Payne added that technology is preventing kids from developing the skills to grip and move a pencil they get with traditional play. “It’ s easier to give a child an iPad than

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a man sitting at a table: Overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing properly enough to grip a pencil. © This content is subject to copyright. Overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing properly enough to grip a pencil. Overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children's finger muscles from developing so they can properly hold a pencil says a new report.

Kids are having trouble holding a pencil properly because of too much exposure to technology, a new study suggests.

The study, conducted by the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust, found an overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing so they can hold a pencil correctly.

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The problem is kids today are being given touchscreen tablets and phones to play with, and all they need to do is either tap or swipe. Now a study in England suggests kids are struggling to hold pencils properly because finger muscles are not being developed enough before they get to school.

Kids today still don't know how to use a fucking hammer, which is ironically STILL a very useful tool Thank you. Saved me from saying much the same thing. It should also be noted that kids today This study makes me think the opposite is going to happen in America or wherever kids are using

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” said Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper. 

Payne added that technology is preventing kids from developing the skills to grip and move a pencil they get with traditional play.

“It’s easier to give a child an iPad than encouraging them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes," she noted. "Because of this, they’re not developing the underlying foundation skills they need to grip and hold a pencil.”

The Guardian reported on the case of a 6-year-old boy, Patrick, who received special occupational therapy to help him strengthen his index finger so he could hold a pencil with the correct grip.

His mother, Laura, said, “In retrospect, I see that I gave Patrick technology to play with, to the virtual exclusion of the more traditional toys. When he got to school, they contacted me with their concerns: he was gripping his pencil like cavemen held sticks. He just couldn’t hold it in any other way and so couldn’t learn to write because he couldn’t move the pencil with any accuracy.”

The mother is pleased the school intervened and that her son is improving.

“The therapy sessions are helping a lot and I’m really strict now at home with his access to technology,” she said. “I think the school caught the problem early enough for no lasting damage to have been done.”

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