Mouth sticks and head pointers are designed for people with limited strength and dexterity to perform activities like drawing, typing, pressing buttons, turning pages, etc. Mouth stick is a widely used assistive device with a rubber tip at one end for better tip interaction. At the other end, there is a plastic or rubber feature that is inserted into the mouth for controlling the movement of mouth stick. Head pointer sticks are similar to mouth sticks in function, except for the fact that their stick is strapped to the head.
Whether using a mouth stick or pointer, the user makes head movements in order to move the device to a desired location on a touch screen, keyboard or book to get the desired results. These assistive devices can help the user in manipulating a pencil, pen or paintbrush, and make them more independent by allowing them to turn pages. They even allow to play games or use a touchscreen computer without any assistance.
Head pointer is an adaptive device that is used to assist paraplegics and users with limited hand function or dexterity. It is a head brace which has pointing device mounted on it. A person is just required to move his/her head in order to make the head pointer type buttons, scroll through web pages. Head pointer is worn on head and its extending piece reaches and engages with keyboard keys by moving head. Its small rubber tip increases precision and accuracy while typing. Head pointer does not obstruct the field of vision of users. It is adjustable and comes in different sizes to accommodate varying customer needs. Head pointer sticks can be used for many other tasks than just depressing keyboard keys, like dialing phone numbers or turning pages of a book.
Mouth stick is a daily living aid that is especially designed for individuals with neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries or upper extremity disabilities. It is placed in the mouth and used to perform activities like turning pages, painting, pressing keyboard keys and lifting small objects. Stick pointer also provides assistance in interacting with touch screen objects used nowadays. It either comes with a pointer end for turning pages or with an attachment for securing objects like pen, pencil or paintbrush. Mouth stick provides users with better visibility and a more natural typing or writing angle. Due to its simplicity and ease of use, mouth stick is one of the most popular typing aids for disabled.
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