- Most near-sighted children hold their pencil 1/4 inch or closer to the tip.
- Most children who also have been diagnosed with a learning disability utilize "bizarre" pencil grips and also exhibit poor coordination in general.
- All the children who used nonstandard pencil postures blocked their line of sight with their fingers so they had to adopt an improper reading distance or head tilt.
So, if your student or child does not use a standard pencil grip, first try to retrain the skill. Many teacher supply stores carry soft grip guides that help a child remember where to hold the pencil. These are inexpensive and very helpful. Then, because this behavior may indicate that the child may be struggling with a learning-related visual challenge or may even need glasses, make sure to schedule a routine eye examination with a developmental optometrist who is experienced in working with children.