Pencil chewing can be a very serious issue and can pose a safety and health risk for children with special needs.
In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, the Watson Institute explains why you may want to explore use of a weighted pencil cover to end pencil chewing and help your student with special needs regain focus on tasks at hand rather than chewing on their pencil.
If you have tried switching your student to mechanical pencils, pencils with fidget toppers, or pens and the chewing persists, try using a pediatric weighted ceramic/granite pencil holder. These are typically designed and marketed for individuals with poor muscle control but can be used to combat pencil chewing.
Weighted pencil holders should come with screws which can be used to attach it to the pencil. The pencil should be completely covered by the holder so there is no exposed pencil on which the student can chew.
To learn more about using more replacement options to help stop pencil chewing, check out our YouTube video below. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.