iPads Slowing Kids’ Development?

A friend and Tablettoddlers reader relayed an interesting story to me this morning.

Her mother works as a teacher’s assistant at a Montessori school where two of her students have been working with an occupational therapist (OT) as they have trouble gripping a pencil to write and draw.

The OT said this problem is becoming more common and may be related to kids’ heavy use of iPads and other devices that don’t require them to hold a writing utensil.  Pointing, tapping, swiping and dragging on a screen means they aren’t developing the grip and motor skills they need to write.

As much as the technology advances us in so many ways, perhaps breaking out the old school coloring books and crayons isn’t such a bad thing?

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