More Stylus Suggestions for Special Needs ….

Responses from experienced readers provided some more great stylus suggestions:

Cosmonaut Stylus

Leann T. commented that she loves the Cosmonaut: Wide-Grip Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens.  Here are images of the Cosmonaut: 

Information from websites indicates the Cosmonaut is made to feel like a dry erase marker. It has a rubber grip that is easy to hold for young and old.

More MacGyver Stylus Solutions

Another McGyvering a bulb gripped stylus solution from Robin C.:

“I have a suggestion that might work the same way as the bulb grip that you are looking for.  I have made my own ball style grips that would probably work on a regular stylus. The ball is made out of a hollow hard plastic golf ball (mine are bright orange) from the dollar store.  I make a small hole in one side of the ball with a sharp phillips head screwdriver or knife and push a pencil/pen into the hole to make it a tight fit.  I do the same thing to the other side of the ball.  I have been using these grips with students with low tone/poor grips for years – they work really great! ( FYI – there would not be a conductivity issue, as I use a variety of grips with a stylus).”

Here is another attempt at MacGyvering a stylus using a new moldable material called Sugru Air-curing Rubber – 8 x 5g of mini packs with a mixture of Multicolors
recommended by Kathleen Allgood. Here is an inexpensive Cosmo Stylus that I adapted with this moldable, adaptable material called Sugru:

Sugru Air-curing Rubber – 8 x 5g of mini packs with a mixture of Multicolors
is an incredible moldable material that cures within hours and withstands temperature variations and sticks to almost anything. It comes in packets in a variety of different colors or by single colors.This is marvelous stuff for adapting, making handles, patching or modifying equipment for clients ! I believe Sugru Air-curing Rubber – 8 x 5g of mini packs with a mixture of Multicolors is a OT’s adaptive dream material! Check it out to see what you can do with it – it is amazing! You will love it !

More tool ideas for your OT iTool Kit!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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4 Responses to More Stylus Suggestions for Special Needs ….

  1. C Campbell says:

    I’m 32 have spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, I got an ipad2 about a month ago. My fine motor function is affected, but I do have the ability to hold a pencil, drive my powerchair, button a shirt etc. I have been using a telescoping stylus from Stylus R Us called the Big Screen Jr. It’s great, it requires no pressure to use. It has also been used successfully by a student with severe cerebral palsy who wears a hand splint and has no fine motor function.

    • C Campbell,
      Thank you for sharing your expertise with the stylus- nothing better than from experienced users. I am familiar with Stylus R Us but it has been a while. I will look forward to seeing what the Big Screen Jr looks like!

      Thank you for your valuable time and valuable comments!

      Time to check out Stylus R Us….

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