I'm Barbara Lee, and for 23 years I was a special education teacher who worked with elementary aged children. I invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by occupational therapist Jan Olsen and her Handwriting Without Tears program. I had so many students and referrals who could not write adequately to pass their exams. It was from Jan that I learned how important it was for children to develop a strong tripod grip early in their education process (and the younger the better) — handwriting skills depend upon this. A simple tool to develop these skills in young children wasn't readily available, so I set out to create one. Four years later we had a lovely soft soy wax crayon in the perfect shape and size for young children to use.
Since a child's first writing tool is usually a crayon, that crayon should be one that encourages him or her to use thumb, first and second fingers in a tripod grip. This is what makes Crayon Rocks a wonderful tool for fine motor development. Because of their shape, they do not allow kids to easily grip them in a closed fist or with any other inappropriate style of grip that deters fine motor development.
Children with cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays and various forms of learning disabilities have tested Crayon Rocks in the classroom. Parents and teachers of special needs students often tell me how much their children love them and how much good they have done.