Improve handwriting and scissor use skills what is wrist extension and why is it important for handwriting

Improve handwriting and scissor use skills

What is wrist extension?

Wrist extension refers to the position of the wrist whereby there is a straight line between the forearm and the hand (similar to holding a tray of food) or the hand is extended backward in a push-up type position.

Wrist flexion refers to the opposite position before you flex your hand forward towards your wrist so that there is a curve in your wrist.

Pictured below, the top image shows the hands in wrist flexion and the bottom image shows the hand in wrist extension.

fine motor skill development wrist extension

We need a stable wrist extension position to be able to write with a pencil for long periods of time, scoop with a spoon, cut with scissors smoothly, etc.

correct handwriting posture   incorrect poor handwriting posture

Children who hold their pencil with a flexed hold their pencil tighter so fatigue quicker, and typically have more difficulty forming letters.

 

Learn more about wrist extension in my School Readiness Training Manual.

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