How does stationery help?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget what stationery is really there for. For some it’s just a tool get things done, but for a lot of us at Bureau it’s more than that; a means of expression, a way of helping us improve our lives and just a way to brighten our daily work.
After hearing from one of our customers that her son, who is dyslexic, found that fountain pens helped him to feel more comfortable when writing as opposed to other pens, we asked him to describe why this was.
Cameron has kindly contributed the piece below together with a piece by his mum to better explain why a fountain pen works for him. Whilst everybody is an individual and one solution can’t fit all, it is always useful to see how other people have tackled any obstacles they may face. We offered Cameron a pen to say thanks and he chose a red Safari with a fine nib and black ink. It certainly brightened our day so check it out:
‘Cameron has autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and is very dyslexic with his writing and reading, however his comprehension and understanding is above his peer group. He cannot get his ideas and words onto paper; this means he gets frustrated easily when writing anything. Cameron has tried many pens since starting senior school as he only felt happy using a pencil previously. He has found fountain pens to be the one thing that helps his writing to be more legible and he wants to write using one.
He believes that ballpoints are difficult to use and add to the frustrations of writing. He finds fountain pens easy to use, it’s the way it moves over the page he does not have to press hard to get the ink out like he feels with other pens. It allows him to think about the formation of the letters rather than what the pen is doing. I did think it was a phase but he really does find writing easier with a fountain pen. He also likes the grip on the Lamy pens, they help steady the pen in his hand and in turn helps him write.
I have used a Lamy fountain pen for years and when he wanted one I already knew they came in many different colours and that the nibs can be changed. This comes in handy if he drops it and damages the nib it can be replaced without replacing the pen. This is important if they have become attached to the pen. With the choice of the colour of the nibs and widths he gets to design his pen. It is typical for dyslexics and those with ASD to have low self-esteem and find it hard to control things so to be able to design their own pen is a great opportunity.
Adele, Cameron’s Mum.’
We sent Cameron his choice pen and we hope he loves it just as much as we do.
So let us know if fountain pens have helped you at all.