Writing tools might allow someone to write more independently and with less pain. Working with an occupational therapist may help clarify what writing tool is best.
What kinds of writing tools are there?
- Weighted pencil: may help a writer with tremors, provides extra proprioceptive input, and may increase resistance to make writing darker (DIY Option: hex nuts and rubber bands)
- Steady Write Pen: permanently attached to a wide base, this option is helpful for those who have tremors, arthritis, decreased coordination, or limited use of their hands
- Pencil Grips: to help promote a functional grasp and prevent pain and fatigue (DIY Option: tennis ball grip for decreased fine motor control, short pencils and broken crayons to promote a functional grasp)
- Twist ‘N Write Pencil: fits smaller hands and helps promote a “tripod” grasp
- PenAgain: alleviates stress and reduces the risk of repetitive strain injury while writing
- Classic Ring Pen: Reduces stress and pain of writing
- Built-Up Handles: may reduce pain during writing and helps those with limited fine motor control (DIY Option: foam hair rollers)
- EazyHold Adaptive Cuffs: helps a writer with decreased finger dexterity grasp a utensil
- Slant Board: reduces strain during writing, encourages proper writing position (DIY Option: large binder)
- Stay Put Mat: stabilizes the paper on the writing surface to assist those with limb differences, one sided weakness, tremors, etc.
- Raised Line Paper: tactile lines may help a writer with decreased visual motor skills (DIY Option: use Puffy Paint)