Gyroglove for Management of Tremors

Regain your independence.

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The Gyroglove is a device under development by students and graduates of the engineering, medical and design programs at Imperial College of London. The mother of invention of one of the students who was working with a 103 year old woman with severe tremors that interfered with her ability to perform basic ADL tasks. The Gyroglove has been under development as a solution to counter act the tremors for improving functional skills.

This is an exciting new innovation that has the potential to aid clients in increasing their functional abilities.

I hope to see this available for clients in the near future!

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Carol Leynse Harpold, OT’s with Apps and Technology

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Gyroglove for Tremor Management

Regain your independence.

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The Gyroglove is the mother of invention for a 103 year old woman with severe tremors. The innovator of the Gyroglove identified the lack of solutions resulting in the woman’s limitations with performing basic self-cares due to her significant tremors.  Now currently a project of students and graduates of a mixed group of international students at the Imperial College of London with engineering, medical and design backgrounds. How exciting to think there will be more solutions for regaining or maintaining independence for individuals with tremors.

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Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, ATP

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iPad Air 2 Cases with Keyboards for Note Taking

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Using the iPad’s for word processing, note taking or communicating increases dramatically with use of a keyboard. When evaluating the AT needs of students who are in secondary or post secondary and using an iPad, the need for a keyboard for the device typically arises. What do you look for and what are the choices available for iPad Air 2 cases when a keyboard is needed to support their writing needs?

Of course there are many cases with keyboards available. The right case requires inquiry about the needs, preferences and use of the iPad by the user. Here are some considerations:

  1. How protective of a case do they need for the iPad to survive?
  2. Will they be drawing or handwriting directly on the iPad for input to apps?
  3. Will they be reading on the device?
  4. Will they be taking pictures or using a scanning app with the device input or convert hard copy text to electronic format?
  5. What functions of the keyboard do they frequently use?

When considering the writing needs below are some suggested cases for the iPad Air 2 considering protective or less protective cases or keyboards that are available.

Protective cases with keyboard and reading/tablet options for iPad Air 2:

Zagg Rugged iPad Case –  This Zagg case is rugged but measures approximately 1″ thick adding bulk to the iPad. Highly protective, this hinged case allows the iPad to be separated from the keyboard. With the keyboard attached it can be used in a reading mode or typing mode with adjustable viewing of the screen. attached. The keyboard has backlighting and a standard keyboard.  The case battery reportedly will last for up to two years before requiring a charge. Sells for approximately 102.00.

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Logitech Type + with integrated keyboard –   Logitech keyboard provides a magnet which the keyboard attaches and automatically connects with the Bluetooth keyboard. When the iPad is closed sleep mode is turned on, saving tablet battery life. The Logitech keyboard is a standard keyboard with function keys supporting iOS tasks. The case is protective and can be taken off relatively easy if needed. TheiPad keyboard folds under the iPad allowing access to the screen if manually taking notes or drawing. Sell for approximately 80.00.

Logitech Type plus case w keyboard

Targus Versa case and keyboard for iPad Air 2 – This Targus case has a hard shell for the iPad and the keyboard with military specs for dropping from 4 feet. Rotates to offer keyboard mode or reading mode. When closed provides sleep mode to save battery life. Screen can be angled for ease of viewing. Offers iOS quick keys in the keyboard. Sells for approximately 79.00.

Targus hard shell case with keyboard for Air 2

Anker case with keyboard for iPad Air 2 – Case with keyboard that can provide keyboard and reading/tablet modes. No Apple quick keys. On off key for Bluetooth keyboard connection. Reports battery life of 6 months. Sells for approximately 43.00.

Anker keyboard case for iPad air 2

Belkin QODE Ultimate case with keyboard for iPad Air 2: – This case has a keyboard and protective shell for the iPad and folds to be viewed in a reading or table mode. Keyboard provides iOS quick keys. Cover puts device in sleep mode. Long lasting battery life. Screen can be adjusted in different angles. Sells for approximately 60.00.

Belkin iPad Air 2 case with keyboard and reading mode

iPad attachable keyboards without cases:

Logitech Ultrathin keyboard for iPad Air 2:  – This is a lightweight, slim option for use of a keyboard with the iPad Air 2. The Logitech keyboard attaches to the iPad 2 with a magnet. The keyboard turns on automatically when attached with the magnet. The iPad sleep mode is activated when attached to the keyboard and closed. Standard keyboard with iOS short cut keys. The magnet attaching the iPad is hinged allowing the screen angle adjustment. Keyboard battery life is reportedly 2 years. No protective covering for the iPad. Keyboard sells for approximately 55.00.

Logitech Ultrathin Magnetic clip on keyboard

Finite iPad Air 2 detachable keyboard – This keyboard is hinged and is detachable, Allowing ease of scanning documents and images or taking pictures. Provides angle adjustment of the tablet screen from 0-50 degrees. Keyboard provides iOS quick keys. Slight lag when attaching with Bluetooth with start up. Sleep mode when closed reduces battery drain. Keyboard is standard with good feel and responsiveness. No cover is provided for the iPad. I have been using this case for approximately a year and am pleased with its performance. Slight caution with use as infrequently the  iPad slipped from the hinges when moving it about. Recommend use by an adult. Sells for approximately 35.00 – a good value if used with care.

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iPad cases and keyboards are readily available, however the adage that you pay what you get for is probably true. I like my Finite case for my iPad Air 2, however I carry it in a sleeve and take care of how it is attached to the keyboard since it does not have a case. Most of my recommendations for students include a case with recommendations for the Zagg rugged case when I know the device may require extra protection. I recommend cases such as the Logitech Type + or Belkin QODE which are lower profile for individuals who will be taking notes involving sketching, math problems drawing or writing and when in need of a keyboard.  For those doing scanning a case that the tablet can be easily removed I find preferred.

Most cases now have iOS keyboard short cuts offered in the function keys. Checking the layout of the keyboard is important when working between devices. It is frustrating in my opinion to have keyboarding errors due to a different keyboard layout.

As always choice of equipment is individuals with many choice and pricing. It is always good to check out the keyboard at a store. I also find YouTube reviews extremely helpful in getting a closer look and opinions from reviewers – usually more than one

Do you have an iPad case with keyboard you are using and can recommend?

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Toca Boca Apps Gone Free

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With so many apps available and a device loaded with apps it is hard at times to consider more – I resemble that! However, if you work with young children, apps like those created by Toca Boca may be well worth the download for activities for developing creativity, language, visual motor skills or just plan fun (reward activity choice?), especially if they are free!

The following Toca Boca apps are currently free (typically 2.99) and may be worth considering adding to your iOS  or Android app collection if not already part of your curated apps. Downloading them to your iTunes to rotate apps on your device might be a consideration. Here are the Toca Boca apps currently free (for an unknown, limited time):

iOS Apps Gone Free:

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Toca Robot Lab – Create your own robots with body parts.

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Toca Store – Sell at the store and handle money, counting and choice making.

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Toca Kitchen Monsters – Create meals for monsters and play with the food.

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Toca House – Mini games that engage kids with doing chores.

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Toca Kitchen – This might be the only time kids can choose what they will eat or cook and play with their food!


Android Toca Boca apps gone free:

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Toca Kitchen 2 – More cooking options in this food preparation app.

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Toca Kitchen – The Android app for cooking and playing with food.

Toca Boca apps are favorites with kids. Toca apps also keep information private and no in app purchasing is required.  Give them a try for your students, kids or grandkids!

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Sheboygan pianist wows despite cerebral palsy

Lakeland College student Jacob Nault, of Neenah, makes a name for himself as a musician

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This is an inspiring story of a young man with passion and talent who has overcomes his disability by creating his own adaptive technique. No assistive technology, but this story reminds us as OT ‘s to think outside of the box, listen and consider all options! I couldn’t resist sharing this out with readers.

Read the entire story at: Sheboygan Pianist Wows Despite Cerebral Palsy

HT to Mrs. Roy for sharing out this great story!


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Google Docs Voice Typing Tool

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Did you know that a new Voice Typing tool is available in Google Docs (since September 2015) providing speech recognition as a option when using Google Chrome Browser? I may be the only one who was not aware of this new tool, readily available in Google Docs!

Easily available, this tool can be turned on in Google Docs from the Tool menu.  Selecting the Voice Typing option in the menu activates the tool. It’s as easy as that!

Voice typing screen shot 2The microphone is then available requiring a click to begin  voice recognition within the document.

Voice typing with mic

The command  Ctrl + Shift + S (Cmd + Shift + S on a Mac) on your keyboard can also be used to activate the voice recognition tool. The microphone toggles on and to when clicked.  A functioning internal microphone or external mic is required for voice recognition.

A few voice commands are available for punctuation and  very basic navigation. The following commands were listed in Google support :

  • “Period”
  • “Comma”
  • “Exclamation point”
  • “Question mark”
  • “New line”
  • “New paragraph”

Correct mistakes while voice typing

If you make a mistake while you’re typing with your voice, you can move you cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning the microphone off. After correcting the mistake, make sure to move the cursor back to where you want to continue voice typing. You can also right-click words underlined in grey to see a list of suggestions.

Voice recognition is only available for the following languages: English, French, Russian, German, Italian and Spanish.


Initial trial using Google Doc’s Voice Typing tool found accuracy to be at 99% (accuracy in 301 of 303 words). Using my computer’s microphone with verbiage about occupational therapy and assistive technology recognized most of my vocabulary. Misinterpreted words were offered by selecting the word with my cursor, and right clicking. A list of words was generated that could be selected for correction listed. In the 303 words produced errors were: vocation for location and ergonomics for ergo nomics . It was easy to correct the errors using the select and right click with the cursor. I wish my iPhone voice recognition could translate at this rate of accuracy. The word ergonomics has not been correctly recognized after many, many occurrences.  I found my first trial using Voice Typing in Google Docs  quite impressive!

More Information

For more information about Google Doc’s Voice Typing and trouble shooting can be found at:

Here is a short YouTube on Voice Typing:


Have you or your students used this tool? How accurate has it been for your students?

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Sunu Band | Smart-Watch

Sunu Band is a discreet smart-watch that uses sonar technology and haptic feedback to improve perception, orientation and navigation for those living with impaired sight.SMART-WATCH Discreetly tell time with Sunu’s haptic vibrating clock. ULTRASONIC SENSORSonar ‘look-ahead’ technology helps you sense … Continue reading →

This device is currently available for preorder:

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