Welcome to a spot to share ideas for working with students in exceptional education in public schools.
Please describe activities you've successfully used with students to improve fine motor and self-help skills.
Creative classroom adaptations for sensory-based and ergonomic needs are sought. Technology applications, low and high tech, are appreciated.
Above all--be positive and professional in sharing your experiences and ideas. Thanks.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Weighted Pencil How To
Some students benefit from using a weighted pencil, all of the writing time or sometimes. The extra weight gives a little extra proprioceptive input that alerts the student to the fact that s/he is holding something and gives them a bit extra information about where the pencil is, in their hand.
Where did I buy those gummy grips??? Big Lots, of course! Where did I get the right-size nuts for adding weight??? My shed, of course!
This photo would be better if the student's forearm was resting on the table surface, but the grip itself looks better than the grip he normally uses without the weighted pencil.
Be sure to use the student's favorite color gummy grip on the "lead" end of the pencil. That way he'll be motivated to grasp that color with his thumb and first two fingers.