Slant Boards

By: Linda Steed, PT

Bio: Linda received a B.S. degree and certification in Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma in 1974. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist since 1974 and at Little Light House since 1996. Linda was inspired to pursue a career in PT by her father, a polio survivor who faced many challenges and lived a successful life. Working with children with special needs in an orphanage in China in 1995 and a trip to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 1996 where she worked with children with special needs and their families, motivated Linda to serve the students at LLH as a member of the transdisciplinary team and delivering physical therapy services. She was also a foundational leader in developing the LLH’s Global Impact program. She has led 18 trips to teach about working with children with special needs in 6 countries outside of the US. 

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 the use of a different set of trunk and upper extremity musculature, which encourages better posture and shoulder girdle/upper extremity control. As an extra bonus, drawing/painting on a slant board (vertical surface) helps grasp strength and promotes better handwriting skills.

How to make a Slant Board

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