Improve handwriting and scissor use skills
What is wrist extension?
Wrist extension refers to the position of the wrist whereby there is a straight line between the forearm and the hand (similar to holding a tray of food) or the hand is extended backward in a push-up type position.
Wrist flexion refers to the opposite position before you flex your hand forward towards your wrist so that there is a curve in your wrist.
Pictured below, the top image shows the hands in wrist flexion and the bottom image shows the hand in wrist extension.
We need a stable wrist extension position to be able to write with a pencil for long periods of time, scoop with a spoon, cut with scissors smoothly, etc.
Children who hold their pencil with a flexed hold their pencil tighter so fatigue quicker, and typically have more difficulty forming letters.