All of my kindergarten clients and some of my preschool clients are using them. None of them are backtracking into a fisted grasp with pre-writing or early handwriting. Flip crayons from Learning Without Tears (formerly Handwriting Without Tears) are one of those simple grasp development strategies that keep on giving.
Why? Their design does all the work for me. Well, almost all the work.
Flip crayons have the same diameter of a standard school crayon, not a toddler crayon, or those ridiculous and useless egg/fingertip crayons Egg Crayons or Fingertip Crayons: When Good Marketing Slows Down Fine Motor Skill Development . They are shorter, so they do not allow a fisted grasp or even a palmer pronate grasp. The crayon demands finer grasp, not the adult.
Selling an item to a child is important. They have to want to try these out. I “sell” them as kindergarten crayons. Every preschooler wants access to something they think is for older kids. Their unique appearance is almost always appealing to kids. I have met very few rigid kids, even with ASD, that are unwilling to give them a try. Within a month of regular use, I see huge improvements in grasp without manhandling a child, begging them to “fix your fingers”, or any of the other methods to address grasp issues.
COVID-19 is dragging us all down. Why work harder than you have to? I need children’s parents to see me as a problem solver, not someone asking them to work harder. Flip crayons are an easy answer to a challenging problem. I have another huge box of them sitting in my office to drop off as “gift baggies” at the end of the month!