Getting a Grip on the iPad Mini for Little Hands

Bluey Case for iPad Mini

Bluey Case for iPad Mini

One of the preschool students at school has an iPad Mini dedicated for his communication. Using a dedicated device differentiates it as a specific tool for communicating as opposed to devices that may be used for multiple activities (e.g. a educational activity, self-regulation tool, timer, a reward or leisure activity). Although there are typically many tools used to support communication (visual schedules, signing, visual supports, speech generating device, etc. ) a dedicated device such as the iPad with an AAC app provides more flexibility and options and supports for communication for a student with complex communication needs (images, text, speech, levels of displays, etc.).

For youngsters with small hands and developing motor skills, finding a safe and manageable iPad Mini case was important. One of the many cases out there that seemed to fit the bill was the Kay’s Case KidBox Mini for Apple iPad Mini (Bluey) (also comes in an array of colors, Orange, Limey, Mr. Black and Pinky) to protect, position and allow the student to carry his communication tool around. At $18.95 (at Amazon) compared to OtterBoxes or Griffin cases, I thought Bluey was a bargain.

Here are some pictures of Bluey:

Kays case pic1 Kays case pic2

This case was easy to carry and also provided a stand for easy viewing by the student. The protective case was adequate for the students’ use with supervision by staff when used for communication.


Another case worth considering is the Snug Case for iPad mini, offering handles around the protective case. It is offered in blue and pink with a slightly higher cost (24.95) but seemingly offers a Lifetime Guarantee.  It does not offer a stand but does seem well protected and very easy for kids grab, hold and cart around with the handles on all sides.

Snug case for iPad mini

You might not be the Speech and Language Pathologist who decides on devices for AAC, but you might be the one who helps determine the case or recommends cases to parents of small children. Here are just a few cases that might suit the needs of your clients with little hands!

Are you using or recommending any particular cases for your iPad Minis? Share your experiences and recommendations!

Interested in iPad and iPad Mini accessories, equipment and apps for your school based practice? Join OT’s with Apps @ School Workshop August 11 & 12. For more information contact me at or here for OT’s with Apps at School workshop description and registration information.

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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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2 Responses to Getting a Grip on the iPad Mini for Little Hands

  1. Amy says:

    Where do I find the pink case with handles on all sides that you’ve listed here? The link does not work and it doesn’t have a brand name. I want to buy one for my mom who has bad hands. Thank you!

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