In an article found on “Your Kids OT” one can learn quite a bit about pencil grips – when and how to choose one. They state “a pencil grip is a small foam or molded plastic attachment to a pencil to help a child (or adult) to have a functional grasp of the pencil. There are several on the market and one size does NOT fit all.” (yourkidsOT.com)
Thanks to an OT colleague of mine I have found a pencil grip that is easy to customize. You heard me right – customize. You can place it at any point on the pen or pencil, have it be as think or thin as you need. What is it? A rubber band.
Pencil grips come in all makes and models and it may take a while to find just the right fit. However, the rubber band grip is easy to modify. Choose a thick, thin rubber band and wrap around until it doesn’t fall off. You can spread it out to fit your individual need. I can’t really think of a weakness for this tool, except it may break once in a while.
I trialed several different thicknesses and found that that a narrower width felt comfortable for me. I spread it out to a uniform width. I like that in a pinch any one can grab a rubber band and have a useable pencil grip.
- Your Kids OT “Should I Get a Grip?” http://www.yourkidsot.com/blog/should-i-get-a-pencil-grip
- The Anonymous OT “Pencil Grip 101” http://theanonymousot.com/2013/04/19/pencil-grip-101/
- The Therapy Group “DIY Pencil Grip to Improve Handwriting” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZO26RwEyiU