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Pencil grips

We have a large range of pencil grips aimed at addressing a variety of dysfunctional grip styles. It isn't absolutely necessary to have a classic 'dynamic tripod' pencil grip to be 'functional'. If a child's pencil grasp causes no pain and allows them to write at a similar pace to their peers with a similar level of legibility, then that's fine. However, if this is not the case, it may be worth considering pencil grips to help the child achieve a more comfortable, stable position. The most universal product that addresses most issues is The Pencil Grip. If you are unsure which is the right product for your child please contact us and one of our therapists can advise you.


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  • Bulb Pipette


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    The use of a pipette is an ideal exercise to build fine motor skills. The size of the bulb of the pipette requires children to use a refined grasp and the task of releasing the liquid requires them to control their pressure and placement. Measuring 23cm long. Each Giant Pipette has a volume of approximately 45ml. Available individually or in a pack of 6.


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  • Crossover Pencil Grip


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    This is the new design from the makers of The Pencil Grip. This grip is highly recommended to assist children to learn to maintain a comfortable grip without thumb-wrapping. Now our most popular pencil grip! This grip has a soft, comfortable feel and is suitable for left or right handers.

     

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  • Extra Thick Massager Grips


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    These Extra Thick Massager Pencil Grips are soft and cushiony and feel great. Stack several on your pencil for the ultimate in massaging sensory tactile input as you write. Makes a very nice calming silent fidget tool for tactile sensory seekers. Very cool!

    And we now have a scented version - the new ones are exactly the same, just scented for some extra sensory input!

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  • Grotto Grip


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    The Grotto grip encourages correct finger position and helps children to maintain a comfortable position without thumb wrapping. Suitable for left and right handers. Widely recommended by Occupational Therapists.

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  • Handiwriter


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    The essential tool for therapists and teachers. This cleverly designed writing aid promotes wrist extension, correct position of pencil in the webspace, correct placement of ring and little finger, and a tripod grasp of the pencil. Suitable for left and right handers. 

    Now also available in a mixed pack of 3 or 6.

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  • Handiwriter - Sports

    $7.50
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    Another version of the handiwriter which includes a soccer ball to be held in the 4th and 5th fingers, rather than a dolphin. Good option for the boys. Fantastic writing tool to encourage correct pencil position and dynamic control by reducing wrist flexion or 'hooking'. This is very common in left handers, but right handed children will also sometimes flex their wrist when writing.

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  • Heavy Weight Pens and Pencils


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    These smart, weighted mechanical-style pens and pencils have an extra thick barrel, sturdy 2.0 mm pencil lead/pen nib, and a built-in "Pencil Grip". Provides excellent input to the hand while naturally promoting an efficient, comfortable grasp. Weighs 122g. The pens can use a standard refill available at most stationary stores. The HB pencil leads are thicker than regular refills so they are available separately.
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  • Jumbo Pencil Grip


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    The Jumbo pencil grip is an enlarged version of The Pencil Grip, suitable for preschool children. It supports the fingers and opens up the webspace to assist in writing control. 

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  • Micador Essential Pencils - 4B Lead


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    High quality lead pencils in 4B grade. Available in packs of 5 or 20. Using 4B pencils helps children who tend to press too hard when writing as they get a 'dark enough' result without needing pressure.
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  • Pencil Grip Sampler Pack

    $12.00
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    The Pencil Grip Sampler Pack includes some of our most popular pencil grips so that children can trial some options. Often people aren't sure which pencil grip will assist children to acquire a functional grip pattern so this little pack gives the opportunity to explore via trial and error. We've included:

    * The Pencil Grip

    * The Bumpy Grip

    * The Crossover Grip

    * The Pinch Grip

    * The Jumbo Grip

    Bought separately these grips cost $15.60, so this pack also offers good value at $12.00. If you have a preference for pinks/purples please let us know via email to info@skillbuilders.com.au. Otherwise, we include a varied colour range when you order. Also, if there is a different grip from our range that you'd like to exchange for one of the grips in the pack, please let us know.

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  • Pencil Weight

    $22.75
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    Provides proprioceptive input through weight to increase stability. The pencil weight is made from heavy tricot fabric filled with lead-free steel shot. Lay the weight flat on the table and roll it up around a pencil. Secure with the velcro fastening. Can be used with any writing tool, and with any pencil grips.

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  • Ribie Foam Grip


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    Ribie foam grips come in a variety of bright colours and tactile bumps. The tactile input can help to reduce grip pressure on the pencil.

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  • Skillbuilders Handwriting Kit

    $50.00
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    Skillbuilders Handwriting Kit is designed for students who are in the early stage of learning to write. The kit is designed by Occupational Therapists and includes some of the items used to help children develop good pencil control, establish correct movement patterns for letter formations, maintain good wrist positioning and establish a functional pencil grasp, and establish correct positioning and spatial organisation in their writing. It includes: 
    • information on pencil grasps in children
    • wikki stix and instruction book
    • lower case letter stencils (in your school font)
    • a range of different lead pencils
    • a trial pack of 5 different pencil grips
    • a handiwriter
    • a finger spacer to help establish and reinforce spacing between words
    • 2 x coloured lined paper pads to assist with letter sizing and positioning
    The Handwriting Kit comes in a handy kit bag. We need to ensure the most appropriate items are included for your situation, so when you order the kit please let us know via email to info@skillbuilders.com.au  
    - the age of the child or children who will be using the kit 
    - your choice of handwriting font 
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  • Solo Grip


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    A new style of grip which encourages tripod positioning for both left and right handers.

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  • Squishy Jelly Grip


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    A grip which feels like wobbly jelly and helps children relax their pencil pressure.

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  • Start Right Pencil Grip


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    Comfy grip that prevents thumb from overlapping and keeps fingers at correct distance from the pencil lead.
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  • Stetro Grip


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    A small firm grip made of moulded plastic. Great for finger positioning.

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  • The Bumpy Grip


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    The Bumpy Grip is the latest grip that assists in placing fingers in the correct position for gripping. The Bumpy Grip is soft and squishy like the original Pencil Grip and also has tiny little 'bumps' all over to provide excellent tactile feedback.

     


    Features:
    • Great for left-handers and right-handers
    • 100% Latex free, Pthalate free
    • Soft, comfortable material
    • Good for kids and adults



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  • The Groovy Grip


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    The Groovy Grip features a sleek ergonomic design with linear raised lines for a unique tactile feel. This new pencil grip option is made by the same people who make The Pencil Grip, Crossovers, Pinch Grip, Jumbo and Bumpy Grips. They all give very comfortable positioning for optimal writing. The Groovy Grip is a good option for children who tend to hold too tightly, have poor pencil control, or need some positional support. It won't correct a thumb wrap - the Crossover and Pinch grips are better options for that.

    • Provides excellent tactile feedback
    • Encourages correct positioning for beginning writers
    • Relieves fatigue when writing for long periods of time
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  • The Pencil Grip


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    One of the most popular grips around. A large, soft comfortable grip which helps position fingers and maintain an open webspace. Suitable for both left and right hands.

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  • The Pinch Grip


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     The NEW Pinch Grip balances the structure of The Crossover Grip with the freedom of The Pencil Grip. This sounds fancy but simply means it has a smaller 'hood' so that children have a little more guidance into good positioning than The Pencil Grip, but not as much as the Crossover Grip. Enhances comfort and control and a good option for all ages. It works for Right and Left handers; simply place your thumb on the "R" if you are right-handed and on the "L" if you are left-handed. 
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  • Thumb Buddy


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    Designed by Jan Olsen OTR, this clever little grip encourages correct placement of thumbs on pens and pencils. The 
    answer for thumbs that overlap index fingers!!!
    1. Insert pencil into inside tube.
    2. Insert thumb in outer tube.
    3. Pull the thumb buddy up.

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  • Tran-Quille Pencil Sets

    $52.00
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    This ultimate sensory tool to work on handwriting skills!  ARK's Tran-Quill™ Pencil has a smooth, gentle vibration that provides sensory input to the hand without affecting the actual writing/drawing. The vibration, texture, and weight of the handle can help increase focus and concentration, improve rote muscle memory, normalize writing speed, increase hand strength and dexterity, and decrease grip force.  Highly recommended for individuals with sensory integration issues and/or poor fine motor control.

    Kit includes: 1 Z-Vibe® handle, 1 pencil adapter, and 6 golf pencils. The pencil adapter screws into the Z-Vibe® like every other tip, and the pencils fit nicely into the adapter.  

    • Made in the USA
    • Battery included (please note: this is a special battery not sold in stores - we recommend buying a spare)
    • Measures just over 20cm in length (with a new golf pencil) and 1cm in diameter. 
    Caution: this is NOT a toy.  The Tran-Quill is a therapeutic tool that contains small parts (including a battery).  Direct supervision is required at all times.  Not for children under 3 years.
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  • VisiPen for Left Handers

    $14.80
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    These specialty pens for left handers are a brilliant invention! The VisiPen has a tailored shape and tip clearance allowing increased visibility and optimum grip for left handers. Available in a pack of two ball-point pens, one black, one blue.

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  • WriteRight Pencil Grip


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    Develop a mature and efficient dynamic tripod grip with the simple instructions: "pinch the eyes, cover the mouth and wrap your fingers around the tail!" These design features act as visual cues to assist in correct finger placement. This innovative grip training device has been designed by an Occupational Therapist and is now available for the first time in Australia.

    Other unique design features include:

    • the firm, slightly rough outer surface providing tactile feedback
    • the patented shape
    • the permanently attached lead pencil which eliminates the need to find a separate pencil, repeatedly sharpen it and constantly adjust its position in the gripper
    • the friendly face gives it life and makes it fun for kids
    • the "tail" is perfect to help children grip with their ring and pinky fingers
    • an eraser pops out to add more lead when empty - uses standard 0.7mm leads

    Measure the length of the middle finger (webspace to tip) to determine the appropriate size. Blue for right handers and green for left handers.

    Small = 1.3cm to 2.5cm

    Medium = 2.5cm to 4cm

    Large = 4cm to 5.7cm


     

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  • Writing C.L.A.W.

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    The Writing C.L.A.W. eliminates thumb wrap and cumbersome grip patterns instantly! C.L.A.W. stands for "Controlling Letters of Adolescent/Adult Writing". This grip can be used with all ages, however we've had the best success with older children in our practice. It can also be used to assist with holding other implements, eg cutlery. Can be used for right and left handers. 


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  • Z Vibe Weighted Tip

    $49.00
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    ARK's Weighted Tip is a tip attachment for ARK's Z-Vibe®.  Simply twist a Weighted Tip into one end of the handle and either a pen or a pencil into the other to create the ultimate sensory writing tool. At 30gms, the added weight can help to stabilise the hand, increase concentration, normalise writing speed, increase hand strength and dexterity, improve handwriting legibility, and decrease the grip force used to hold a pen/pencil.  The Weighted Tip can also be used in conjunction with a Spoon Tip to provide input during self-feeding. Highly recommended for individuals with sensory integration issues and/or poor fine motor control. 
     
    • Made in the USA out of medical grade stainless steel
    • Tip sold individually (other parts sold separately)
    • Weighs approximately 30gms
    • To be used with the Z-Vibe® or Z-Grabber® (sold separately)

    Caution: contains small parts that may pose a choking hazard; please supervise at all times. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.


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