The Talking Pen®

Since 1974 the Talking Pen® has been 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.

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® is compact, portable, easy to use and user-friendly. 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® 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.

Three models of the Talking Pen® are available:

  • Model 2, the basic unit which provides a buzz for auditory feedback.
  • Model 4, which can be plugged into a radio or cassette player to provide feedback as voice or music as well as a buzz.
  • Model 6, which can provide visual feedback by pulsing the light tip, as well as auditory feedback as with Model 4.

All models include a built-in rechargeable battery, volume control, sensitivity control, mode selector switch, and headphone jack. Models 4 and 6 have a cord and plug for connection to a radio or tape recorder.


Case: 6" x 3 5/8" x 1¼"
Pen: 6½"

Power Requirements

Rechargeable battery (120 volts AC, 60Hz for charger)

Accessories Included

  • 120V-60H power adapter(Battery charger)
  • Instruction manual with 30 patterns


  • Model 2 (buzz only) $150.00
  • Model 4 (buzz, music, or voice) $205.00
  • Model 6 (buzz, music, voice, or pulsing tip) $260.00

Further Information Available

Optional Accessories

  • Blank 15-second cassette loop for recording a limited repetitive message
  • Headphones
  • Alphabet/Number charts: a complete set of upper and lower case alphabet and number patterns on 7½" x 15" cards for sound on either light or dark patterns. Specify either cursive or manuscript
  • Anaglyph red filter for anti-suppression activities
  • 15 Pattern set: A set of 8½" x 11" patterns mounted on heavy cardboard $55.00
  • Replacement manual $65.00
  • 240 volt 50-60Hz power adapter

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