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Picking Up Small Objects with a Pincer Grasp

With a PINCER GRASP (the tips of the index finger and thumb)
Use of the Pincer Grasp allows for more refined manipulations of objects that is required for some more advanced skills (e.g., puzzles, writing).

  • Provide small foods for finger feeding (e.g., Cheerios, raisins, peas).
  • Prompt pointing with an isolated index finger throughout the day (e.g., push buttons on the telephone, poke finger through holes in loose-leaf paper, pop bubbles).
  • Present pull toys by the string.
  • Encourage one key at a time to be pressed on a piano.
  • Help your child turn off the light switch.
  • Pull zippers up and down.