Limited Use of Hands or Arms Inclusion


  • If young people have difficulty throwing or sending a ball by hand try using a chute, plastic tube or a piece of folded board. This can be balanced against the knees.
  • Some young people have difficulty holding onto a regular bat or racket. Think about the grip being used, the size of the handle, the material the bat or racket is made of (is there a lighter version). You can even use a Velcro mitt or makeshift glove to help retain a firm grip.
  • Athletic tape and an Ace bandage wrap are two simple solutions to maintain a proper grip. Orthopedic racquet holders and “grasping gloves” are available if more support is required.


  • Develop modeling clay as a gripper for pens, pencils, crayons, and paintbrushes. Since many of these students can’t hold a tight grip, wrapping clay around a pencil provides a great option.
  • Provide the option of table easels. For students with palsies and/or physically degenerative disorders table easels are easier to reach.
  • Encounters difficulty using two hands to act on materials—stabilize materials using tape, velcro, non-skid backing.
  • Children who have unstable movements or tend to make faint marks can have fishing weights or drapery weights placed on the end of the tools.
  • Paintbrushes, chalk, and crayons with rounded ends are available for children who are most comfortable with a fist grip.
  • When it is difficult for students to use squeeze tubes, like glue, they can use sticky boards that already have stick so it eliminates the need for glue bottles.
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