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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Writing slopes help children and adults with dyslexia and dyspraxia to write at an optimum angle.

The Wedge Jotter’s sturdy slope is set at an angle (15° landscape / 10° portrait).

The Wedge Jotter has integrated flip out legs which provides an excellent writing slope, enabling children to work and write at an ideal angle.

The Wedge Jotter can be angled on a desk in either landscape or portrait position.

Our Wedge Jotter’s integrated flip out legs have anti-slip rubber feet to prevent the board from sliding across the table.

Suitable for left and right hander’s, the Wedge Jotter features a writing area which is 15% larger than an A4 sheet.

The Wedge Jotter is ideal for Early Years Foundation Stage when handwriting should focus on the development of fine motor skills and strengthening the muscles required for writing through a variety of activities.  Where appropriate, these fine motor skills should continue into Key Stage 1.  Developing a good pen grip and appropriate posture are key to good handwriting.

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Benefits of an Angled Board for Writing

When a child is having problems with handwriting, one thing that Occupational Therapists will look at is positioning and how it is affecting the child’s handwriting.  Often if a child is slouching this affects the shoulder and arm positioning which will in turn affect their handwriting. An angled board like the Wedge Jotter can help with positioning in the following ways:

  • Three Points of Positioning – A child sitting at a desk should be sitting with three points of a 90-degree angle: Feet rooted flat on the ground, ankles at a 90-degree angle, knees bent at 90 degrees; sitting upright with the hips and torso at a 90-degree angle. When a child is slouching, using a board at an angle can assist with this positioning.Also, please note if your child’s feet are not touching the floor, use a step stool or a stack of books to help get their knees and feet at the 90-degree angle.
  • Promotes an efficient marker grasp – The best hand position for handwriting and holding a writing utensil is in wrist flexion.  An angled board promotes this position, which provides better support for holding the pen correctly.  This position may also assist in applying just the right amount of muscle force in holding the pen.
  • Visual Tracking during Writing and Reading Tasks – Reading at an angle may reduce strain on the eyes. This is beneficial as the pupil is reading what they wrote during a writing assignment, all the text is on the same plane.
  • Increases Surface Stability – You may notice a child struggling to keep their paper still while writing. This requires good bilateral coordination skills to hold the paper still with the non-dominate hand while writing with the dominate hand. If your pupil struggles with bilateral coordination skills, having an angled writing surface allows them to concentrate on the writing task and not be distracted with keeping their paper still.
  • Promotes Good Shoulder and Wrist Positioning for Handwriting – As mentioned above, not only does it help with proper ankle, knee, and hip positioning, keeping the upper body in a more upright position allows for good positioning of the shoulder and elbow for handwriting. A child who is slouched over whilst writing will not produce legible work, often this is caused by fatigue because of poor core muscle strength. While working on increasing core muscle strength, using the angled board for writing can help promote good upper body positioning for handwriting tasks.