Can kids hold pens in the digital age?

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Children’s habits are changing. Where once a toddler might have played with bricks , now they are more likely to play on an iPad.

Such devices can provide a welcome distraction for busy parents and an attractive source of sensory stimulant for young children but does it mean that children are not developing the fine motor skills they need to write?

Sally Payne, brain paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust has seen indication this is the case.

She recently told the Guardian newspaper: “Children coming into school are being given a pencil but, increasingly, they are not able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.

“To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers.