Tips From the Team: Slant Boards

Tips From the Team: Slant Boards

Slant boards provide an alternative surface on which a child can practice writing.  We love to see children working on a slant board as an alternative to working on horizontal surfaces. For many children, it is easier to see and use their eyes smoothly while working on a vertical surface. For example, a slant board can be a great help when reading books. Working on a vertical surface also requires use of a different set of trunk and upper extremity musculature, which encourages better posture and shoulder girdle/upper extremity control. And as an extra bonus, drawing/painting on a slant board (vertical surface) will actually encourage grasp strength and promote better hand writing skills!

Making a Wooden Slant Board

Step 1: To make an wooden easel, cut two eight-inch by twelve-inch pieces of wood and one twelve-inch by sixteen-inch piece of wood out of one-fourth-inch plywood. Cut three pieces of wood six-inch by one and one fourth inches, and one sixteen inches by one and one quarter out of the same plywood.  You will need screws for the hinges and strong glue for the stops.

Step 2: Use two hinge brackets to attach one of the eight-inch by twelve-inch boards four inches down from the top of the larger board.  Use two hinge brackets to attach the other eight-inch by twelve-inch board to the bottom of the large board to make the platform. Attach the six-inch by one and one fourth inch pieces to piece B making three rows on the platform to catch the small board C to make several heights with the easel.

Step 3: Lastly, glue a one and one-fourth-inch by sixteen-inch strip of wood along the bottom of the easel on the other side, or the front, as a ledge to hold books or toys.

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DIY slant board made from plywood

Using a binder as a slant board

A slant board can easily be made using a large capacity three-ring binder with 3-6” rings. The larger the rings, the more dramatic your slant will be.  Position the binder so that the binding is at the front and the child’s paper is taped to the slant board.  Place the slant board on a surface with a non-slip material such as shelf liner, or use commercially available non-slip material such as Dycem.

DIY slant board made from a 3-ring binder

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