Getting Your OT iTool Kit Ready for School #1

It’s that time again, whether you are a therapist, teacher or parent it’s time to start thinking about getting ready to head back to school. So, what are some of the things you’ll need for your OT iTool Kit??

Here’s just a few for starters:

1. One of the first things that I think of when deploying devices that have to be mobile and have parts such as cords, ear buds and chargers revolve around keeping all the stuff together and reducing the snarly mess of cords that ear buds can create – ooh, I hate that!

Cord organizers to the rescue. Here are just a few cord organizer you can buy and a life saving trick to know:

AppleCore Cable Organizer – Comes in three sizes that can handle ear bud cords, charging cords or standard appliance cords. They typically come in multi-packs, although my love at first sight experience found them sold singly.  Applecores keep my cords and my blood pressure in check.Gear Tie – I also found these cord organizers/ties at Amazon. They hold firmly and were inexpensive. I do suspect these cord ties could easily be misplaced – but they work!

Here is a life saving cord trick as found on Lauren Enders Pinterest and originally posted on B-Laude-de. This should probably be a part of life skills curriculum! Cool, eh? Works too!

Life hack: Anti-chaos-cable

2. Second thing needed would be a place to keep all of the cords, ear buds, charger, cleaning clothes, styluses or other small accessories. In my cheap, penny-pinching mindset, I headed to the Dollar Tree to find pencil cases to keep all the small stuff for the iPads (and other equipment) together. Not fancy but doable, I purchased these $1.00 pencil pouches with two zippered pockets.  This has worked great for not only the iPad but use them for Echo Pens and ear buds, Sansa MP3 players, iPods  and ear buds or styluses. Works great!

3. Third is a cleaning cloth. Found at The Dollar Tree, Target, Menards for around 1.00/piece, these microfiber clothes are washable and work great to get those smuggy finger prints off your tablet screen. Cleaners are also available for iDevices, such as Anti bacterial cleaners  from Zagg ZAGGFOAM  or Klear Screen iKlear  for under $10.00 for a bottle.

These items are for both iDevices and Android and will help you get your OT iTool Kit and you ready for school.


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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