After several months of patience and frustration in equal measure, a version of our CleverstiX for both Right-Handed and now Left-Handed use was at last available for preview at the prestigious NHA Annual Members Day.
The event’s theme this year was “Reaching and Supporting Teachers in Schools“. Introduced by NHA chair, Dr Angela Webb, the first speaker Jo Atkinson of Bradford University explained her work with schools as part of the ‘Born in Bradford’ research project.
This was followed by presentations from Occupational Therapist (OTs) members of the NHA telling their stories of how they successfully introduced special programmes for teachers in schools – the Galway Handwriting Forum’s Michelle Bergin, and representatives of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Children Services.
In an environment of OTs, SENCOs and others who are passionate about the development of good handwriting skills, it was the ideal setting to demonstrate the new version of CleverstiX and gauge feedback, with vistors to the exhibit invited to try the CleverstiX Jellybean Challenge. And it was a fantastic reaction to the product from both experts new to the product and those who had been looking forward to a Left-Handed version for some time.
In addition to taking new orders, CleverstiX.com was privileged to receive some great advice from existing paediatric expert CleverstiX customers about why they are such a significant advancement on the less effective Tweezer Grippers as a fine motor and handwriting exercise and activity tool including the following:
- CleverstiX having no spring resistance meaning that by comparison children need to be alot more ‘delicate’ in their control of “floppy” stiX whereas with Tweezer Grippers where it is more about brute strength against the ‘spring-back’.
- The OTs and Senco’s preferred the rather more gentle and exact movements demanded by CleverstiX since those was more faithful to the same disciplines required for good handwriting practice.
The new variant of CleverstiX are adaptable from the Right-Handed use position, over to Left-Handed use thanks to the new Thumb-Ring. Rather than the fixed moulded plastic setting of the previous version the updated Thumb-Ring is made from adjustable silicone – just like the existing finger-rings. Accordingly it can be modified for Left-Handers.
READ how the new CleverstiX can be altered for Left-Handed use HERE.
More news on when and where the new version of CleverstiX will be available for consumers will follow soon!
However the new version of CleverstiX is already available for Education and Special Needs institutions from our specialist distribution partner Active Learning & Educational Resources Ltd (ALERL). More information is available HERE.