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Left Handers

Between 5% and 10% of the population are left handed, depending on what research you look at. Did you know it's International Left-Handers Day on August 13th?! We are gathering together resources which we find assist left-handed children in a very right-handed world. This is a new category for us so we welcome suggestions! From an OT point of view it seems that left handed children have difficulty with directionality, eg for letter formations, moving left to right, etc and with cutting (they need 'proper' left handed scissors)so we've initially added resources to this section to help in these areas.


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  • Coloured Line Go-Stop Writing Pads

    $10.25
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    Specifically designed writing paper using the theme 'sky, trees, ground' to highlight top, middle and bottom lines for writing. Great tool to help children learn sizing of letters in relation to each other. Available in pads of 50 pages. The Go-Stop variation is to help children establish left to right directionality with their writing.

    Verbal prompts to help children learn ........

    Brown line   =  The Ground  

    (all letters sit on the ground, some letters go 'underground', e.g.  y  q  p)

    Green Line  =  The Trees       

    (small letters start in the trees and sit on the ground, e.g.  a  c  e)

    Blue Line     =  The Sky         

    (tall letters and capital letters start in the sky)


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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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  • 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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  • Left Handed Pencil Sharpener

    $4.20
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    New! Designed specifically for left handers. This pocket-sized, single hole sharpener accomodates many different sized/shaped pencils. Self-contained pencil shaving case included.

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  • Left Handed Scissors


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    These scissors are specifically for left handed children with a genuine opposite cut allowing safe and even cutting for left handers. Comfortable handles and carbon composite stainless steel blades that won't rust or mark paper. They are available in 2 sizes - 130mm for younger children and 165mm for older children (approx. 8 years+).

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  • New Wave Pre-Writing Patterns A3 Posters

    $31.95
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    New Wave Pre-writing Patterns is written by Occupational Therapists to help children make the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters. It provides developmentally sequenced activities to teach the foundation skills that are essential to learn the patterns we then combine to make numbers and letters.

    The book introduces each pattern in 3 stages with big body movements, art activities, and consolidation through activity sheets. The posters help to reinforce the patterns and can be used on their own, or in combination with the books.

    The poster pack includes 12 x A3-sized laminated, reusable posters. These posters are designed to 'write-on' then 'wipe-off' using whiteboard markers. These posters are easy to use on easels and other vertical surfaces,  which helps to consolidate the patterns at the same time as strengthening upper limbs.
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  • Pen Again Range


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    Comfort and the natural contours of the hand inspired the design of this new pen. Made with special coating that feels like soft silk....finger tension melts away as the natural weight of the hand holds the pen in place, no tight gripping required. Suitable for left or right handers. Available as a single pen (Evo Pen) and a set of 2 pencils (Rockyt Writer). The pens come with black pen refills in the package. We also have blue ink pen refills available separately. The pencils don't come with refills, so these are also available separately.

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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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  • Peta Easigrip Scissors


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    Peta Easigrip scissors are high quality, very lightweight and have a continuous loop plastic handle. Operated by squeezing gently using thumb and fingers, or fingers and palm of hand. Scissors automatically reopen when pressure is released. Left and right available


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  • Peta Long Loop Easigrip Scissors


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    All the features of the standard Easigrip Scissor with the advantage of greater control through placing fingers through the long loop.

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  • Peta Long Loop Scissors


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    High quality scissors designed so that the strength of the whole hand can be used for the cutting action, allowing extra control. Left and right available.

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  • Peta Self Opening Long Loop Scissors


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    These quality Peta scissors have the advantages of the long loop handle combined with the use of a spring which will automatically re-open the scissor after pressure has been released. 

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  • Peta Self Opening Scissor


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    These scissors look like conventional style scissors, but they have been fitted with a spring which automatically reopens after pressure is released. This makes it easier for children with low muscle tone or motor planning difficulties to get the hang of cutting. Available for left and right handers.

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  • Reversal Stopper Bracelet


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    New!  You'll love these teacher-designed, student-tested bracelets that help decrease or eliminate letter reversals! These smart bracelets contain upper and lowercase Bb and Dd, with a ball and dog graphic. Students can refer to the bracelet when writing capital or lowercase b’s and d’s to decrease their confusion and help correctly copy/form those letters. Available in a sleek black or blue bracelet with easy-to-read white letters and graphics. Made of latex-free, non-toxic silicone, these can double as a fidget tool. One size fits most primary school-age students. 

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  • Sizzle Scissors


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    New soft touch scissors from Micador available in true right (red) and Left (green)

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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 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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  • 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.

    $3.00
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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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