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, AdEd, OTR/L, 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 and work environments. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education and home environments. Currently a graduate student in 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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