When it comes to choosing an iPad stylus, it often comes down to trial and error to figure out what works best for you and for the child you're working with. I find reading reviews on blogs (such as OTs with Apps) and Amazon user reviews to be helpful.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a stylus or reading user reviews:
- How much pressure is required to activate the screen? Is this amount of pressure compatible with the skills of the child you're purchasing a stylus for?
- How heavy is the stylus? While most tend to be very light, I'm on the lookout for a heavier one, which might help some children hold the stylus and apply enough pressure to activate the screen.
- How long is the stylus? I've noticed there are many short styluses on the market, which might be better for smaller hands.
Here's what I currently use:
I keep a pack of these on hand to trial with kids during therapy. The price for these seem to fluctuate a bit on Amazon, but they are usually less than $3 for a three pack. This stylus is easy to carry around in my clipboard, and since they're so cheap, it's not a big deal if I lose one or if a child breaks one (although they seem sturdy and I have not yet had one break).
Here are a couple that I haven't tried yet, but I'm interested in checking out.Mini Stylus: These look great for little hands. Just as short crayons help promote a tripod grasp, I'm sure a short stylus will help promote a tripod grasp as well.
Pencil-like stylus: I like how this one looks like a pencil. This could be fun for kids to help them transition from using the stylus on the iPad to using a real pencil on paper.
Have you tried any of these? If so, what did you think? What's your favorite iPad stylus to use in therapy?