Pincer Grasp on iPad – Ideas from Your Therapy Source

Pincer Grasp on iPad (click to link to post) provides a few ideas  on developing pincer grasp with appropriate iPad apps from Your Therapy Source  .

Just a note – the cellulose sponge may not work with some iPad screen protectors as found by some comments previously shared by readers. Another thought may be to use short styluses (similar to using a short pencil; see references below) which may discourage the occurance of wrapped fingers around a standard sized stylus. Certainly choosing the right device to support the developmental hand skills of the user are in order here. If in question, ask your OT!

Here are inexpensive (8.95 for 9 styluses – no shipping with Prime account :0), Short Stylus Pens available from Amazon that also might help with developing a more refined grasp:

For other styluses or mobile device equipment visit the OT’s with Apps Amazon Store.

Ideas for your OT iTool Kit.

Related articles pertaining to using a short pencil/tool when writing:

Helping Hands –

Handwriting Strategies –

Fine Motor Development –


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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