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Writing Tools

Writing tools, like adapted pencils and paper

What does it do?

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)
Hand holding a pen with the assistance of a blue contoured grip.

How do I see what's new?

Technology changes all the time. To find out about the latest options for these, you can type keywords into a search engine such as Google, Safari, Firefox, or Bing on a computer or tablet. These are the keywords for this type of item:

adaptive writing tools, built-up handles, pencil grips, universal cuff

How do I find out more?

If you live in the US outside of Pennsylvania you would need to find your state's AT program.

If you live in Pennsylvania:

  • you could contact TechOWL to work with a specialist. We can meet with you and sometimes demonstrate this equipment. We can also help with different ways to get one for your own.
  • you might borrow this equipment to try out. Do we have this in our lending library?


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Alanna Raffel

Alanna Raffel is an occupational therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute rehab, outpatient pediatrics, early intervention, and schools. She is passionate about accessibility and loves discovering and making new tools that promote independence. Alanna enjoys making assistive technology using her sewing machine and 3D printer.

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