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OT Corner: Therapy on a Shoestring Budget – Easy to Make Slant Board

by Anne Zachry, OTR/L

Writing on a slant board is a good thing, because the angle puts the wrist in a nice extended position, and it puts the writing surface in the line of vision which is good for posture.   Slant boards can also be useful for reading.

Yes, I’m a big fan of slant boards, but they can be expensive, especially if you purchase one from a therapy supply store.  If you are on a shoestring budget, here’s how to make a slant board for around $8.00 to $10.00.
Supplies Needed: 
Large Foam Board (I used a trifold)
Exacto Knife
Duct Tape
2 Large Clip Binders
Self-Adhesive Flat Bumper Pad

 Cut the foam board into a 30″ x 15″ long rectangle. Make two “partial” cuts…one at the 11″ mark and the next at the 19″ so that you can fold the board at each cut. (See photo below)

Attach duct tape along the lines on the side where the board is still connected.

Add another piece of duct tape along one of the ends of the board so that 1/2 of the sticky surface of the tape is still exposed (See photo).

Fold the board into a triangle and connect the final side of the slant board using the exposed duct tape.


Attach bumper pads to the small side and one of the large sides of the board. Your slant board is ready! You can position it in two different directions for different angles!

Featured Contributor: Dr. Anne Zachry, OTR/L PhD
Dr. Anne Zachry is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has over 20 years experience providing quality OT to children along with caregiver instruction and support. She is the author of “Retro Baby: Cut Back on all the Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development with over 100 Time-Tested Activities,” a parenting book published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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