Save Those Broken Crayons!

Save those broken crayons! If you look through the crayon boxes at our clinic, you will find a fine collection of broken crayons. Is it because the children accidentally break them while coloring? Nope! We break them on purpose.

When a child holds a standard length crayon, there is more opportunity for dysfunctional grasp patterns. However, when they hold a short stub of a crayon, they are more likely to maintain a functional tripod or quadrupod grasp pattern.

The same theory goes for pencils as well. We use short golf pencils, Handwriting Without Tears pencils or half-used pencils for most of our children at the clinic in order to help promote efficient grasp patterns.


broken crayons


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