Motor neuron diseases are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, which are cells that control the muscles required for movement such as walking, control of hands and arms, eating, swallowing, breathing and speaking. For people with motor neuron disease, in order to lead a near-normal life, it is very important to maintain reading and writing.

Here are some tips on how to read and write with motor neuron disease.

Reading with motor neuron disease

Reading is a way to relax. But it may be not that easy for people with motor neuron disease to read. To make it easier for the person with motor neuron disease to enjoy reading, here are some tips:

• Using an adjustable table or bookstand and a non-slip mat to stop books from slipping.
• Using a stationer’s rubber thimble or a short wooden rod to turn pages more easily.
• Having steel paper clips attached to each page
• Using a small magnet attached to the end of a short stick to make page turning even easier.
• Using an electric page-turner if it is easy to operate and effective.
• Using portable electronic devices, such as E-book readers, also called e-book devices, which are designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital books and periodicals.

Writing with motor neuron disease

People with motor neuron disease may have difficulty in writing. To make writing easier for them, here are some tips:

• Building the pen or pencil up with elastic bands, pimple rubber or foam, special pen grips or high-density foam tubing.
• Using a pad of paper instead of loose sheets.
• Using a non-slip mat to prevent the paper slipping.
• Using a felt-tip pen.
• Trying using markers as they are easy to hold and make bold strokes.

Reading and writing are common practice in daily life. We hope that the above tips will help motor neuron disease patients with their reading and writing.