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This pen is brilliant!!!!

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ReallyTired Sat 09-Aug-08 17:21:07

My son has terrible handwriting and finds it painful to use a pencil.

I have found an alternative and it is make a real difference to his writing.

You can get the pens from WHSmith at a cheaper price, but I wanted to show you a picture.

I think that schools sometimes mess up children's pencil grips by forcing them to use pencils before they are read. The nice thing about this pen its that its impossible to use it with a bad pencil grip.

gigglewitch Sat 09-Aug-08 17:26:52

is it this one? (hmm couldn't get your link to work properly, wouldn't show page...)
I have a dyslexic DS and anything that would help him to write more easily would be a great help.
smile thank you

RusselBrussel Sat 09-Aug-08 17:30:17

ds has that pen, it comes in a left handed version.

it was okay, his handwriting was not noticeably neater, but he did say it was easier/more comfortable to hold than a normal pen.

ReallyTired Sat 09-Aug-08 17:32:21

Yes, that is the pen I mean. It costs about £5 from WHSmith and you get three refills with it.

I hope you son liks it gigglewitch.

mrz Sat 09-Aug-08 17:42:02

Tesco have them on offer

christywhisty Fri 15-Aug-08 22:39:52

DD uses the left hand one and finds it easier. We managed to get a pencil version as well.

mumeeee Sat 16-Aug-08 23:19:14

DD3 is Dyspraxic and has used the Stablio but she prefers to use a Yoro pen which you can also get from W H Smiths.

nappyaddict Sat 16-Aug-08 23:20:46

i have one of those! i love it!!

Celia2 Mon 18-Aug-08 17:05:27

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LIZS Mon 18-Aug-08 17:08:12

ds has had one for a while and he finds it less tiring than a regular ink pen. It isn't always easy to get the refills though(and he is too free to loan one out when others run out hmm).

blowsy Mon 18-Aug-08 17:12:21

I bought my ds one. He had hysterics at the prospect of taking it to school as he didn't want to be 'different'. hmm

Starmummy Mon 18-Aug-08 18:57:13

DS (nearly 13) has had all these pens and others as well. The best thing we ever did was get him to write with a fountain pen. It makes him write more slowly and therefore he can form the letters more easily. In fact his school made all children write with a fountain pen. I didnt beleive it would work until I saw the results.

NigellaTheOriginal Mon 18-Aug-08 19:03:25

they are more comfortable to use. unfortuntely dyslexic DD wasn't allowed to use one at school because her handwriting was too messy and she hadn't passed some meaningless test that would allow her to use a pen hmm
now at secondary school she does use something similar - can't remember which brand though.

pippibluestocking Mon 18-Aug-08 19:04:33

DD, aged 6, still holds pencil prety much like a dagger - would this help her to learn how to hold a pencil better?

LIZS Mon 18-Aug-08 20:03:52

It does have finger indents but most schools would still encourage a pencil at that age , perhaps with a sculpted rubber finger grip like this

christywhisty Mon 18-Aug-08 20:06:12

Is she left handed pippibluestocking?
Stabilo smove now do a pencil which looks the same as the pen in left and right handed.
I think the Yoro pencil one is suitable for both left and right handed. It is supposed to help with the pen grip.

pippibluestocking Wed 20-Aug-08 08:18:50

No - she's right handed

herbietea Wed 20-Aug-08 08:22:56

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magentadreamer Sat 23-Aug-08 10:28:32

I bought one of these yesterday for DD. Wollies had it for £3.99. My local WHSmith was out of stock but think it would have been £2.49. They had the pencils for £2.49. I come from 5 generations of lefties so will be taking it with me on holiday for the family to try. I found it a bit odd and wanted a finger indentation underneath the pen not too sure if this is due to the fact I hold a pen like a rightie does. DD finds it comfortable to hold but is at present not liking the fact she has to hold her hand and wrist straighter she's not a typical leftie who drags her hand over whats she's just written but she doesn't drag her hand totally underneath whats she's written like I do.

Romy7 Sat 23-Aug-08 10:35:25

they do pen and pencil versions, left and right handed. OT recommend for dyspraxic/ similar kids, or any with poor fine motor/ hypotonia.

the only problem is, dd2 can't get the lid off on her own, so if you've got very wobbly fingers, it's worth checking first! design fault imvho!

oi Sat 23-Aug-08 10:40:08

ahh thanks for this. I will look for it in the shops.

chocolatespiders Sat 23-Aug-08 10:44:26

i have those for dd in left handed version...
so she doesnt smudge writing

MarmadukeScarlet Sat 23-Aug-08 10:44:52

I have one for my left handed dyspraxic DD. TBH her writing has always been quite nicely formed as her main issues are propreception, balance etc.

She is in yr 4 from Sept they have to write with cartridge pens, I am trying to get the (adamant that she won't bend) head to lett DD use this for a few terms as I think it is too big a step to go from a pencil to a proper ink pen.

<not holding breath emotion>

oi Sat 23-Aug-08 10:47:47

hmm that's interesting MS. Dd is also going into yr4 but isn't on to pen yet becuase her writing isn't good enough. I'll try and find this pen and see if it helps.

Romy7 Sat 23-Aug-08 10:59:19

lol MS - apparently i need to go shopping for dd1's pen before the start of term... the only problem is, she doesn't appear to have been the given the very important letter which details the exact model required. gues i'm off on a find another mummy with a letter hunt!

know an ADHD/dyspraxic boy whose mum is having the same argument re pen/cil...

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