Managing Your iDevice for the Young Learner – 101

Children love using the iPod or iPad and with a single touch can explore games and stories and lots of things, sometimes much more than you want them to! The iDevices ease of use can be a two edged sword with children/students easily getting to places you don’t want them to go.

I have heard repeatedly from fellow OT’s ” I wish I could hide the home button”. As a OT who frequently thinks about adapting things a number of things go through my mind, none which has come to fruition yet and chances are may not end up being esthetically pleasing. Good news, now there is something inexpensive and esthetically pleasing out there to help with hiding the home button and keeping the

BubCaps are home button covers for the iDevices that deter young fingers from pressing the home button. Available with different amounts of rigidity, BubCaps come in Regular, Ultra and Max depending on the age or strength of the user. Inexpensive, they come in 4-packs of a mixture or 4 of one kind for $5. BubCaps are available at their website (see link above) or through Amazon.com.

The making of BubCaps seems to come from experience (necessity is the mother of invention, right?). The company’s blog features a great overview of how to prepare your iDevice for toddlers. Check our their recommendations on protecting your iDevice on PaperClip Robot’s blog. It is worth it if you are new to using an iDevice and work with users with busy hands!

Anyone else have any methods of protecting the home button?

Happy Apping

Carol

About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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4 Responses to Managing Your iDevice for the Young Learner – 101

  1. I love the concept of your site! Please write more, we need more OT bloggers.

    Andy

  2. Melis says:

    Carol,
    Thanks for putting so much work into this! I wonder if you have presented this at AOTA or maybe pitched an article to OT Practice? I will be sure to put your name on my intervention and support plans :o), so accessible for so many of our clients and their families!

    Melis

    • Melis,
      No I haven’t presented, nor pitched an article. I do subscribe and read OT Practice. Something to think about!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Please share any ideas or suggestions you may have about iDevices, apps, accessories or interventions. Many great minds are powerful!

      Glad you visited!
      Carol

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