Designed to promote proper finger positioning during writing tasks, the round shape of the Butter Grip serves as a tactile cue for the fingers to grasp. Holding a pencil/pen with the fingertips below the grip provides support for the web space and finger muscles during writing and coloring activities. Created for both left- and right-handed individuals, the Butter Grip can be used with standard pencils, pens and most adaptive writing utensils. At a diameter of 1 inch, this grip is recommended fo
The ARK Tran-Quill Pen combines two of their patented adaptive utensil tools: the Bite-n-Chew Tips and Z-Vibe vibrating utensil handle to help improve writing skills. Vibration aids in focus and concentration. The vibrations of the tool are felt in the hand, but do not affect the actual writing.
ARK's Weighted Pencil is a writing tool recommended for individuals with sensory integration issues and/or undeveloped fine motor control. The weight and textured surface of the pencil provide increased sensory input and proprioceptive feedback to the hand while writing. These sensations may increase focus, normalize writing speed, increase hand strength and dexterity, and/or decrease the grip force used to hold a pen/pencil.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Allows those who have limited upper extremity issues perform fine motor tasks such as writing. A halved PVC pipe, foam, bolts and nuts as well as adhesive fashion the arm glider. COMMENTS: The Arm Glider provides upper extremity support to the user.
SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking.
AUTHOR: The Assistive Technology Department at The Center for Discovery, Inc.
TITLE: Arm glider upper extremity support.
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The Arthritis Daily Helper Kit, model 557183), combine products designed for use by individuals with arthritis, fine motor or grasping disabilities or limited hand dexterity. Intended to assist arthritis sufferers with daily tasks, this kit features the following item: Dr. Grip Pen, Rubber Doorknob Extension, EZ Key Turner, Button Hook with Zipper Pull, and Shoe Buttons (see separate entries).
The Arthwriter Hand Aid, model F73514, is a grasping aid designed to provide grip assistance to individuals with hand or finger disabilities, particularly arthritis, missing fingers, or persons wearing hand casts. The device may be used to holds pencils, pens, razors, toothbrushes, or other utensils. The unit consists of a plastic ball with a 0.75-inch central hole. An enlarged thumbscrew on the side clamps the handle of the item inserted into the hole to secure it. DIMENSIONS: Ball is 3 inches
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prevents paper from moving while writing. Plywood board with two metal strips with an attached spring to serve as clips to hold the paper in position. A wooden guard is mounted horizontally to prevent the child's hand from striking the spring mechanism. Diagram included. SKILLS REQUIRED: Woodworking, Assembly. AUTHOR: Bureau of Handicapped Children, Dir of Pupil Personnel Services TITLE: Teaching Aids for Children with Cerebral Palsy. REF: Book: State
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a prosthetic device that allows children who have no fingers write with a pen or pencil. A team of girl scouts from Iowa, ages 11 through 13, came up with a design that assisted a 3-year-old girl born without fingers on her right hand to write. The device, called BOB-1, is a platform strapped to an arm with a cylindrical holder that can be used to hold a pen, pencil, or similar tool. With the device attached to her hand, the three-year-o
The DIY Clipboard Slant Board is an adapted writing tool designed to help beginner writers use the correct wrist position while writing.
Fidget Pencils are available in packs of four, and each of the four pencils has a different "fidget" near the eraserhead of the pencil that can be transferred to other pencils. Stay alert by fidgeting with the wing nut, the nut and bolt and two other fidgets. OPTIONS: Pack options: 4 or 24 pack. SIZES: Once size. DIMENSIONS: 9 inches length x 3 inches width x 0.6 inches depth.
WEIGHT: 1.6 ounces. COLOR: Variety. WARRANTY/GUARANTEE: As stated by the manufacturer.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Finger splint made of molded plastic to position fingers in an optimal three point pinch for writing. Describes constructing a loop splint made of 18 inches of 1/2 inch plastic which can be molded when warmed in hot water. Designed to be less bulky than a regular splint. Must be made to fit each individual. Includes drawings. COMMENTS: Designed by Dorie Milner, OTR, Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 400 E 34th Street, New York 10016. SKILLS REQUIRE
Fluffy palm weights for children and adults who experience excessive finger fidgeting. Fluffy palm weights securely fasten with Velcro and fits right into the palm of a child's hand providing stable proprioceptive input. Kids can then relax their fidgety fingers with this not-so-visible fidget as the calming pressure eliminates the need to fidget. Teens and adults can also use the palm weight with a pen or pencil and have proper input to write correctly.
The Handi-Writer is a writing aid designed for use with children limited hand strength or inappropriate grasping patterns. This device loops over the wrist and over the writing implement to encourage the hand to form the tripod grip. Instructions are included.
iReadWrite is a support app that helps struggling readers and writers of all ages read and write, especially those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or other learning difficulties. This app, which runs on an iPad, does not require Wi-Fi or 3G access. iReadWrite offers Text-to-speech; Phonetic Spell Checker; Homophone and Confusable Word Checker; Word Prediction; Dictionary; Picture Dictionary; customizable background, text colors and fonts; and a choice of voices. With the iReadWrite, users can import
"DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with grasping or fine motor disabilities to print his/her name or participate in a sponge painting activity. Attach foam or rubber letters to a Duramitt glove. These gloves are marketed by Playtex, Inc., and come in two styles. One type of Duramitt has a sponge covering on the palm portion of the mitt, and the other style has the tough scrubbing nylon covering on the palm portion. With either mitt it is possible to attach pieces of Velc
The Slip-on Writing Aid is a writing aid that holds a standard pen or pencil in the proper position for writing for people with hand or finger disabilities. The device consists of a loop that slips over the hand and is attached with a wing nut to an extension which parallels the index finger. The extension ends in a loop for holding the pen. The angle of the writing instrument may be adjusted by adjusting the wing nut. Models are available for the right or left hand.
The Jumbo Grip is a large pencil grip designed to provide extended comfort and support up to the second knuckle. The grip accommodates both right- and left-handed individuals and encourages a natural pencil grasp. The grip was designed by doctors to relieve hand pain for all ages on pens and pencils.
The Writing CLAW is designed to teach young children how to hold their pencils correctly. Its patent pending design features three sleeves that guide the pointer finger, middle finger, and thumb into the correct tripod grip. As a result, students can focus on good handwriting rather than the mechanics of holding the pencil. The CLAW is used in school settings and pediatric clinics and is often used to help children who have Autism, ADHD, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, or gene
The Thomas Steady Arm is an arm support for feeding and a writing aid designed for use by children or adults with disabilities causing arm and hand tremors. This unit eliminates and/or significantly controls tremors by supporting graduated vertical, horizontal, and circular movements. The unit mounts to any table top (other than glass) or to a wheelchair. The user's arm is placed in a trough-style arm holder and secured with straps, and the unit's three tension adjusters are set to counter tremo
The Triangle Crayons are crayons designed for use by young children with fine motor or gross motor disabilities. The crayons are helpful in strengthening the fingers, hands and wrists of children who demonstrate weaknesses in these areas. Use of these type crayons encourage proper writing grasp by reinforcing a tripod grip with the first writing tools a child uses. Each set contains six vibrant colors.
Voice Dream is an accessible communication and reading application designed for those with hearing impairments and/or communication disabilities. With text-to-speech features and a configurable screen layout, the app can be tailored to suit mulitiple reading styles from completely auditory to completely visual, plus synchronized combination of both.
The Writing Bird is a pen or pencil holder designed for persons with limited hand coordination or dexterity, arthritis, neurological disabilities, and weak thumb to fingertip pinch. This writing aid requires using an arm to shoulder motion rather than wrist movement with the fingers in any position, and is used by sliding the unit over the paper. The device comes with a retractable pen held in place at the top of the unit. The device may benefit individuals who need to learn to write with the no