5 Adapted “Back to School” Writing Accessories16/09/2021
Rushing down the shopping aisle with the school supplies list in hand is a common ritual for parents everywhere. But shopping for school supplies can be even more difficult if your child has special needs. If your child has a physical or developmental disability that affects their ability to write effectively and comfortably, then this list is for you.
1. The Gripper.
There’s a saying that the best solution is often the simplest one. The Gripper fits squarely into that philosophy. It provides relief from writing cramps and compensates for grasp limitations. The Gripper is cushioned and the regular size fits most pens and pencils. Not only is it comfortable, but it also improves your child’s ability to control the pen or pencil. For even more versatility, The Gripper is also available in assorted sizes to fit other items such as artists’ brushes and eating utensils.
2. Pediatric Universal Weighted Holder.
This weighted holder sets out to solve several writing problems. For starters, it makes various writing utensils easier to grip. It’s also weighted. The additional weight is great for stabilizing the hand for kids with a hand trembling. The weight also helps kids with weaker hands by reducing the amount of pressure they need to apply when bearing down with the writing utensil.
3. The Twist-n-Write Pencil.
The Twist-n-Write Pencil was designed especially for children’s small hands. It offers an ergonomic, wishbone design that promotes an efficient “tripod” grasp. The Twist-n-Write Pencil never needs sharpening and comes with a No. 2, 2 mm stick of lead. Simply twisting the cap provides more lead and refills are available (sold separately). In addition, it has two erasers and comes in fun assorted colours that your child will love.
4. Wanchik’s Pediatric Writer
Wanchik’s Pediatric Writer is great for kids with weakened hands or fingers, or lessened finger, wrist dexterity. The device slides on the hand and holds the writing utensil in place. It provides a ring for the writing finger to help keep the finger in the proper position. The device’s special design allows for a more relaxed hand when writing by holding the utensil and providing hand support.
5. Squiggle Wiggle Writer.
The Squiggle Wiggle Writer is a battery-operated vibrating pen that turns straight lines into a series of loops, circles, or curves, depending on how close it is held to the writing surface. Not only is it outrageously fun, it gives tactile stimulation and encourages appropriate grasp. Occupational and developmental therapists love the Squiggle Wiggle Writer for young writers as it helps them develop better coordination.
Contact your child’s school for a specific list of the back-to-school supplies you’ll need to purchase before you shop. Don’t assume the required school supplies for your student will be the same as when a sibling was in that grade previously.
These lists can vary greatly from year to year, even from the same teacher. Get the list from the school so you are not wasting time and money on unneeded items or end up lacking items that are required.
High school and middle school students will usually need more writing-related items, while elementary students will need fewer organizational supplies and more arts-related products. Students may need specific items for electives or higher-level math and science courses as well, such as paints, brushes, or scientific calculators.
However, all kids will need some of the basics, such as pencils, glue sticks, and tape. Generally, you can expect to buy:
You may also need one unit of each of the following: