Weighted Pencil Cover

  • Situation

    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?

  • Summary

    Try using a pediatric weighted pencil cover. Make the pencil shorter than the cover itself so that only the very tip of the pencil is exposed. She will not be able to chew the pencil. This will address safety while other strategies are explored if necessary.

  • Definition

    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.

  • Quick Facts

    • Child's Age: 6-10, 11-13, 14-17
    • Planning Effort: Low
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites

    Purchase of a weighted pencil cover

  • Process

    1. Obtain a weighted pencil cover.

    2. Sharpen pencil until it is just smaller that the cover.

    3. Secure pencil in the cover using the screws and allen wrench.

    4. Remove pencil to sharpen as necessary.

    * To purchase, see link in Related Resources.

  • Documents and Related Resources

    weighted pencil cover

    Pocket Full of Therapy – Standard Weighted Pencil Holder (link to site for purchase)


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