What scissors work well for children who are learning to cut?
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
For children who have difficulty diving right in to children’s Fiskars scissors there are several options.
We highly recommend the Benbow scissors, invented by occupational therapist, Mary Benbow. They are uniquely designed with small finger loops, making them easier for small hands to control. The loops are coated in vinyl to prevent them from slipping off the fingers. Right-handed and left-handed scissors are both available.
A cutting kit can be purchased along with the scissors to gradually build up your child’s skills in a developmentally sound sequence.
Mini Loop Scissors, also known as “squizzors” are a good choice for children who seem unsure about where to place their fingers and have difficulty maintaining a mature scissors grasp. The whole hand surrounds the handles, thumbs-up to squeeze as a unit, compared to traditional scissors that require more refined control of the small muscles of the hand. The scissors automatically re-opens upon release of the handle, and require less pressure than traditional scissors. Use squizzors to practice smoothly opening and closing the scissors and develop the eye-hand coordination necessary to cut on the line, without demanding refined control of individual fingers.
The double loop on the Dual Controlled Training Scissors makes them ideal for a beginner who needs to get the idea of the cutting motion. They are designed to have an adult and child hold them together. The first set of loops is for the adult’s fingers and the back set are for the child. From the front, the adult generates the strength, coordination and control necessary to cut. From the back, the child senses the cutting motion, and can begin to develop the motor plan for cutting, without placing demands on grasp and fine motor control.
All 3 scissors and a variety of scissors activity kits are available for purchase at www.therapro.com
Aviva Goldwasser, MA, OTR/L
Dr. Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, OTR/L