– The Talking Pen® by Wayne Engineering is the premier instrument for developing fine-motor skills through pattern tracing.
– An infra-red light and fiber optic sensor in the tip of the pen sense reflection as the user traces a pattern with the pen and provide immediate auditory feedback if the user wanders off the pattern.
– The pen is quiet when the tip is on a black image and emits a buzz when the tip is on a white surface (this can be reversed to allow tracing light-on-dark patterns).
– The pen works with any pattern printed or drawn on ordinary paper or cardboard; no special paper or ink is required. It makes repetitive manual tasks seem like a game, which encourages practice and improvement.
– Since the pen provides immediate auditory feedback, it is self-correcting and can be used with or without supervision. The user can work at his or her own pace and can wear headphones to eliminate distractions.
– The Talking Pen® is a proven tool for developing perceptual-motor skills from basic diagnostics to advanced training.
– Although applications are almost unlimited, it is most often used to diagnose and develop gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, laterality, directionality, auditory perception, form perception, ocular pursuits and spatial relationships.
– It has been used successfully with the learning disabled, the visually impaired, the brain injured, the hyperactive and the dysgraphic individual.
– The Talking Pen® integrates visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile cues to improve performance. Instead of developing these skills separately, the pen enables the user to advance in all areas simultaneously, thus reducing training time and effort. This integrated approach produces better carryover to the performance of everyday tasks.