About Fantastic Dyspraxic…

Welcome to Fantastic Dyspraxic! We hope you enjoy the specialist Dyspraxia Shop: full of hard to find exclusive dyspraxia solutions in one convenient place. Comprehensive dyspraxia bookshop. A really positive website featuring ideas, reviews and blogs all about dyspraxia. Please do call us if you would like any help or advice.

Dyspraxia shop to help people with dyspraxia, DCD, Dysgraphia and dyslexia
Dyspraxia shop to help people with dyspraxia, DCD, Dysgraphia and dyslexia

We have over 50 new items in our New In! section of our shop. We’ve sourced some outstanding developmental toys and aids that really work. Click HERE to enter our shop.

I’m Oli, and I’ll be blogging my experiences on life with dyspraxia and the things I find really helpful.

My mum’s keeping a diary re-telling the most significant moments she experienced raising a child with dyspraxia (that’s me!). The first feature we are writing is the list of the top 20 things every parent of a dyspraxic child needs to know about. Please let us know your top 20 too!

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Dyspraxia pencil pot

We supply schools, therapists, parents and adults with exclusive dyspraxia pen, pencil and pencil grip packs, fine and gross motor skill solutions. The website is constantly being updated as we receive further deliveries of dyspraxia-friendly products, write more blogs, interviews and reviews, so please keep logging in or subscribe to enjoy new subscriber vouchers and monthly updates on Dyspraxia news and reviews.

Dyspraxia pen pack - the best handwriting pens for dyspraxics - yoropen, penagain, evo.pen, stabilo original and the ring-pen. Available in blues/greens or pinks/reds. Only available at fantastic dyspraxic.
Dyspraxia pen pack – the best handwriting pens for dyspraxics – yoropen, penagain, evo.pen, stabilo original and the ring-pen. Available in blues/greens or pinks/reds. Only available at fantastic dyspraxic.
We sell the largest range of yoropens in the UK. Popular pen choice for children and adults with dyspraxia.
We sell the largest range of yoropens in the UK. Popular pen choice for children and adults with dyspraxia.
Mixed pencil grip pack for schools, therapist or home. Makes finding the right pencil grip for your child easy. Includes the popular Grotto Grip and Cross-Guard Ultra Pencil Grips.
Mixed pencil grip pack for schools, therapist or home. Makes finding the right pencil grip for your child easy. Includes the popular Grotto Grip and Cross-Guard Ultra Pencil Grips.

                                           

                         

 

The patented WriteRIGHT ergonomic pencil grip and trainer. Designed by an occupational therapist, the dolphin pencil grip provides a superb visual and tactile cue to finger positioning for a correct pencil grip. Pinch the eyes, cover the mouth and wrap your fingers around the tail. Develops a mature and efficient pencil grip.
The WriteRIGHT pencil grip and trainer provides a visual and tactile cue to finger positioning for a correct and efficient tripod pencil grip.

Exciting news! 

WriteRIGHT pencil grip launches into the UK with Fantastic Dyspraxic! 

The patented WriteRIGHT ergonomic pencil grip and trainer provides a visual and tactile cue to finger positioning for a correct dynamic tripod pencil grip. Pencil grip available in 3 sizes for +3 year olds through to 12 year olds.

Have you read our latest blogs? Just click on the images below to read the articles.

Handwriting with too much pressure. The reasons why and 16 helpful solutions.
Handwriting with too much pressure. The reasons why and 16 helpful solutions.

Is your child pressing too hard when they write? This article contains lots of fun ideas to reduce the amount of pressure your child applies when writing.

How to teach your child to tie their laces
How to teach your child to tie their laces
Cutlery skills and the best cutlery for children with dyspraxia or DCD
Cutlery skills and the best cutlery for children with dyspraxia or DCD

Learning to tie shoes and mastering cutlery skills are two of the most challenging skills for children with Dyspraxia – our blogs provide helpful advice and videos.

The new stabilo fountain pen - easybirdy start. Left and right handed options available in 3 different nib angle options. £16.99. The fountain pen with the famous Stabilo Easy Original grip that children have been waiting for has finally arrived and is available via Fantastic Dyspraxics' personal fitting service. Call 01572 737369 to arrange a time to suit you.
Stabilo fountain pen – NEW easybirdy start – the best fountain pen for children with Dyspraxia or handwriting difficulties. Left or right handed in 3 different nib angle choices. £16.99. Call 01572 737100 to arrange a time to visit or for a fit-by-post service.

Stabilo fountain pen for children with Dyspraxia. It’s here! NEW – The first fountain pen by Stabilo with the grip that has proved to be so popular amongst Dyspraxic children. Available in left and right handed options and 3 nib fittings for the perfect fit. Available via Fantastic Dyspraxics’ personal Stabilo fitting service. Call 01572 737100 to arrange a time to suit you.

Crayon rocks is the choice of crayon to support or correct your child's pencil grip development. For ages 3-12
Crayon rocks is the choice of crayon to support or correct your child’s pencil grip development. For ages 3-12

We are excited to be stocking the complete Crayon Rocks® range. They are ideal for pencil grip development and correction.

Simply click the image on the left to see the full range.

New products sourced from around the world:

8 Crayon Rocks in a muslin bag
8 Crayon Rocks® in a muslin bag
Faber Castell first grip crayons encourage and strengthen your child's fine motor skills and grip enabling a strong tripod grip required for effective handwriting in schools.
Faber Castell first grip crayons

We have just had delivery of some amazing crayons which are fantastic for developing fine motor skills needed for an effective pencil grip – Crayon Rocks® and Faber Castells first grip.

Fine motor skills dyspraxia toolset for strengthening the fine motor skills. Fun scissor scoop for pre-scissor skills development. Endless play possibilities. Can be used at bath time too.
Fine motor skills strengthening dyspraxia toolset. Fun scissor scoop for pre-scissor skills development. Can be used at bath time too.
The giotto be-be egg writer pen helps children who just cannot grip a pen and improves their coordination and muscle strength required for using a computer mouse. Every child deserves to be creative and this allows them to do just that independently. Perfect pen for dyspraxia, dysgraphia, cerebral palsy, autism etc. Can be used as early as 18 months.
The giotto be-be egg writer pen helps children struggling to grip a pen. Perfect pen for dyspraxia, Strengthens ‘mouse’ skills.
Ideal game for children with dyspraxia and fine motor skill difficulties. The Avalanche fruit stand game. Comes with 2 jumbo tweezers that you can use for other fine motor skills activities.
Ideal game for children with dyspraxia and fine motor skill difficulties. The Avalanche fruit stand game.

18 thoughts on “About Fantastic Dyspraxic…”

  1. Brilliant help from Lisa at Fantastic Dyspraxic – we had a long chat about what might help my son’s writing! He loved trying out all the pens and really liked the cross guard ultra pencil grip that Lisa sent too. Thank you so much!

  2. Fantastic help and advice from Lisa. The Yoropens are great for a teenager to use and the handwriting is already improved. A brilliant website with great books to read on the condition.

  3. Hello

    I have a 7 year old son with dyspraxia and struggles with handwriting and he tires v easily. He’s heading into 2nd class next year and will have a bigger need for writing so any advice on what to get would be great

    1. Hi Lorraine – please feel free to call me for specific advice as every child is different but I find the best starting point is always the twist n write pencil. Let your child use just this pencil throughout the whole summer holiday. It is fantastic for strengthening the tripod grip and for positioning the hand correctly for handwriting – really good also for children with low muscle tone. This pencil will give them the correct strengthening to move to a pen with a good tripod grip – the Stabilo Easy Start range is good or even the Stabilo fountain pen we sell. I would team the twist n write with a bag of Crayon Rocks – go outside with some paper and the rocks and do lots of rubbings of tree bark, drain covers etc – they really strengthen the tripod grip muscles and the heavy rubbing work really increases the proprioception which many children with Dyspraxia lack. Great outdoor fun too. You can even rub over coins at home or make your own rubbing stencils – play a game of guess what’s under the paper through rubbing. We are about to stock some brilliant rubbing templates too which I hope to list over the weekend – sold in a pack with the crayon rocks. I do rave on about these crayons because they really do work. Warm the fingers up prior to handwriting using playdoh or similar, do some finger separation exercises, I would get your son to hold a cotton wool ball in his pinky and next finger in leaving just the 3 tripod grip fingers on the twist n write pencil. The pinky and next finger along provide the stability for handwriting, many Dyspraxics can’t separate these two fingers from the 3 tripod grip fingers. So in summary, without really knowing enough about your child, buy a twist n write pencil, a bag of crayon rocks and ideally the rubbing templates once we list them this weekend. Then I would probably look at the Dyspraxia pen pack and let him decide after all that strengthening which pen he likes to write with, keep the others as he may travel between the pens over time. I really hope this helps and again, would urge you to give me a call so I can understand more thoroughly his individual challenges….
      I would also recommend putting together a box of finger strengthening toys – we have a clear plastic tub at home and we did a ‘lucky dip’ to decide which one we would do that morning. Get the yellow smiley ball too and keep it in the car for hand strengthening work ‘on the go’.
      Make sure also that he has the formation of the letters firmly secured in his mind – can he draw the letters with his eyes closed? Are there any specific joining problems? Is he having to pause and think before writing the letter? Incorrect formation and joins can really affect the flow of handwriting. Check also the basics, paper tilted in the right direction, posture correct. Many dyspraxics have spatial layout challenges and don’t know where to start on the page – a simple green dot on the left and red dot on the right of the paper helps them remember where to start and stop. If problems with any of this, again, please give me a call as I have loads of ideas which may help…
      Two good handwriting programmes for dyspraxic children: ‘Speed Up!’ Lois Addy (older child Year 4 upwards) and ‘Write from the Start’ for younger children.
      As always, I would recommend a visit to an OT who is experienced in handwriting difficulties – expensive I know – but they might spot something that may make the difference…
      Wishing you well…. Lisa

  4. I’ve just bought my son the Yoropen just to try. His handwriting has definitely got better in the first week. I have tried the pen and it feels right in my hand and my wife and daughter have tried the pen and also say it makes them write a lot better.
    I will definitely be ordering the Yoropen again and maybe the pencil as well.
    It’s a shame I did not come across FANTASTICDYSPRAXIC before I looked on eBay.

    1. Hi Darren, I’m glad you found the Yoropen so helpful and that you finally found us! Thanks for your comments which may help our readers. I hope the handwriting continues to get easier for you all… Lisa.

  5. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you so much for your help and advice on the phone this week. I’ve really appreciated the time you’ve taken to talk in detail.

    I’m looking forward to getting my son to try out the products you’ve suggested.

    Thanks again.

    Kind regards

    Emma

    1. That’s a really good question Elise – they don’t make one at the moment. I will pass your enquiry onto our suppliers in the USA and see if they are thinking of making any in a larger size. They are too small for an adult hand at present. For now you can use a cotton wool ball in your palm and use the pinky finger and next finger in to hold it in place. Then take a really large elastic band and tie it onto the body of your pencil then place it around your wrist tying it off when the correct pen angle has been achieved and reasonable tautness is in place to prevent the pen or pencil from rising above the correct angle. If this works well you can always get a little bit of soft fabric and cover the piece that sits around your wrist for better comfort. This should work pretty well, kind regards, Lisa x

  6. I’m looking at the selection of 11 pen/pencil grips selection pack and notice that I have a choice of boy, girl and a mixture of boy and girl grips. Please can you tell me what’s the difference in grips for each choice or is it possibly the same grips in different colours?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Jack – thanks for your question. It is exactly the same model of grips just in different colours – mainly in blues/greens/blacks for boys and pinks/reds/purples etc for girls. It is a little gender assuming only we find the majority of boys still won’t use a pencil grip if it is pink. It just offers the buyer more choice, our most popular pack is the mixed colour pack. Kind regards, Lisa.

  7. Hi team,
    I’m looking to place an order and pay with a debit card, but seem to only get the paypal account come up. san you let me know how to do this please.

    1. Hi Amanda, thank you for your enquiry. You can pay as a guest with most credit cards on paypal or you can call us and pay over the phone on 01572 737100. Kind regards, Lisa

  8. Hi Lisa.
    It was lovely to speak to you on the telephone today, sorry I took up so much of your time…..it was like chatting to a long time friend. You gave me lots of valuable information and advice which is very much appreciated. I’m so glad I came across your website, quite by chance…..a hidden gem as you say!!! I will not hesitate to recommend you and your products to my friends. Looking forward to receiving my order,
    Best wishes

  9. Hello,

    I’m curious as to why there are no options to purchase and deliver to Canada? You have some great products I’d like to purchase but cannot. Thanks in advance

    1. I am really sorry Francisco but our current insurance does not permit us to sell to Canada. If you have family in the UK perhaps they can forward it onto you?

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