Invented by occupational therapist Tina M. Butterfield, MSOT, OTR/L and developed by ARK Therapeutic, the Butter Grip is specially designed to promote proper finger positioning during writing tasks. A proper grip not only encourages fine motor development, but it also improves handwriting legibility. The round shape of the Butter Grip serves as a tactile cue for the fingers to grasp around. The fingers "hug" the grip, and the fingertips rest just below the grip on the pencil. In this position, the Butter Grip opens up the web space, provides support to the finger muscles, and can help decrease hyperextension.
Perfect for both left and right-handed individuals for writing and drawing activities, the Butter Grip can be used with standard pencils, most crayons, most pens. At a diameter of 1 inch, this grip is recommended for children and young adults.
Pencil is not included with the grip.
When used with shortened pencils, beginners or individuals with fine motor difficulties can hold the whole grip in the palm of their hand for added support. Occupational therapists also commonly promote shorter pencils as a way to force the fingertips to hold the pencil, as there's no room for the rest of the fingers to rest. All other accessories are sold separately.
Optional trick: for those who need extra input to the hand, try putting a second Butter Grip on the opposite end of the pencil (near the eraser). This will add a bit more weight to the pencil for added hand awareness. And it may help the pencil "fall into" the web space where it should rest.