The weighted pencil holder is made of a hard ceramic or granite type material. It securely holds most round or irregular pencils up to 5/16 by the use of 3 tiny screws which are secured with an allen wrench. This pencil holder is often marketed for individuals with poor muscle control, however, it may be effective in deterring a persistent pencil-chewer.
I have a student who chews her pencil during seatwork. She chews the metal top until it is ragged or comes off and will often chew the pencil right down to the lead. Not only does this behavior distract her during writing activities, but I am concerned for her safety! I have tried chewy pencil tops, other oral stimulation (candy, gum), and visual cues. Nothing seems to prevent her from chewing the pencil. How can I prevent this behavior?