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Speaking of Apps

Keep Clients in Their Apps

Published June 20, 2012 1:05 PM by Jeremy Legaspi

I have been using a BubCap on my iPad for the past 3 months and it has made my life so much easier. They are a simple and work great and have kept my clients in the apps I want them to use. BubCaps, made by PaperClip Robot, come in a variety of different types to be depending on your iDevices, as well as depending on the age and strength of the user.

They are simply pieces of plastic or aluminum of varying thickness with some adhesive on the back. You peel it and stick it over the home button, it's that easy. You have to be strong enough to press on the BubCap to activate the home button and most children are not. The type of BubCap I have been using on my iPad is the Ultra (the thickest out of the plastic varieties); I went with this one because I knew it would keep about 99 percent from exiting the app. For those stubborn clients who will inevitably find a way to activate the home button there is BubCap Pro, which is a BubCap with a small hole in the center in which a toothpick is your only means of activating the home button.

I would recommend these to any therapist who is using the iPad on a daily basis and have been having a problem with their clients exiting apps. They are the only things that I have found that solve this problem.*  These are also useful for children who are using an iDevice, as an AAC device as it will keep them from exiting their communication app and exploring other apps. I recommend getting the explorer pack as it comes with a few of each of the BubCaps.

 $7.99                       $5.99                         $5.99

* It has yet to be determined whether the new Guided Access feature of the iOS 6 will render the BubCap useless, but we will only find out when it's released. I still say it's worth your money in the mean time!

Click here for a video demonstration.

Paperclip Robot was nice enough to provide a pack of BubCaps for one of our readers! So comment below for your chance to win a pack of BubCaps! Once we hit 30 comments a winner will be selected at random.



Anyone know if they are available in Australia?

Linda August 22, 2012 10:35 PM
Inverell Australia

Jeremy, I just noticed you wrote that the BubCap ULTRA is the thickest plastic BubCap, but the MAX is actually the thickest plastic BubCap. Thanks again for the review!

Rob July 28, 2012 9:40 AM

I would have used this with a kiddo who only wanted to play an app just to see how often she could get out of it lol ...thanks for the info!!

Katie, Speech-Language Pathology - Graduate, University of West Georgia July 19, 2012 8:08 PM
Carrollton GA

This is exactly what I was wishing for! Question; can it be easily removed or is it permanent?

Skye, SLP July 12, 2012 5:03 AM

This is a great idea and will keep some students from exiting so quickly as they are frequently known to do. Thank you!

Carol, SLP July 10, 2012 10:14 AM
Orlando FL

What a great idea!! I need this!!

Renee, SLP July 9, 2012 3:01 PM
Rissellville AR

Boy could I use these with my kiddos!%0d%0aThanks for sharing.

Beth Horton, MS CCC-SLP July 6, 2012 3:19 AM
Nashville TN

Me!! ME!!! Pick ME!!  (thanks)

Teri Suiter, EA - SLP July 3, 2012 9:59 PM

Haven't heard of these...what a great idea! Look forward to trying them!

Anita, Speech Therapist July 3, 2012 10:45 AM
Alexandria LA

Great idea. My students frequently hit the home button accidentally.  Thanks for the info and the opportunity to win.

Teresa, Education - SLP, Rapides Schools July 3, 2012 10:06 AM
Alexandria LA

Bub caps sound great!  The guided access feature won't work on my old iPad 1.

barbara rolph, education - slp, elementary school July 2, 2012 9:58 PM
Kahului HI

Thanks for sharing.  I have some students in need of this tool!

carolyn rhines, Elementary Sch - SLP, San Diego City Schools June 30, 2012 4:36 PM
Santee CA

I will have to try it (or hopefully win it) for my preschool kids. They are faster than I am and exit out before I can stop them. There are so many products out there so it is always nice to hear how products actually work before wasting money on ones that don't. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie Shannon, Early Intervention - Speech Therapist, MIU4 June 29, 2012 6:17 PM
Stoneboro PA

Thanks for sharing! I think BubCaps might be just what I need with a number of my students who like to roam through various apps!

MaryDee, SLP - Speech-Language Coordinator, school for special needs June 28, 2012 4:51 PM
North Branch NJ

What a great idea!  Thanks for sharing.  

Laura, SLP June 23, 2012 9:57 AM
Plano TX

I'm def going to share this idea with parents! Thank you!

Valerie Lill June 23, 2012 7:50 AM

Great idea!! I have a few clever little ones who love to exit themselves when they've had enough!

Natalie Johnston, MA, CCC-SLP June 22, 2012 6:39 PM
Irvine CA

Ordering as we speak.  These kids are too smart and I work with birth to 3!

Andi Lary, SLP - President, Therapy Consortium inc June 22, 2012 5:32 PM
Myrtle Beach SC

This sounds wonderful. I would find BubCaps very useful with my kids and clients!!!!

Julie Miller, SLP June 22, 2012 9:10 AM
Charlotte NC

What an awesome product!  I have lots of preschool kids who love my ipad but we waste time when they exit out of an app.  

Valery June 22, 2012 9:08 AM
Yardley PA

I've been meaning to look these up for a while but never got around to it. Thanks for the blog post and more importantly the video!

Ramya Kumar, SLP June 21, 2012 9:08 PM

This looks great for working with my kids with Autism who constantly close out of apps.

Meryl, SLP June 21, 2012 11:44 AM

I have seen them. I know they are very usefull. Unfortunately not easy to find them. In my country you cannot find them in any store.

I think it is very usefull for every SLP that uses iPad with kids.

Marinella, SLP - CEO, CENTER LEGEIN June 21, 2012 12:53 AM

I have been wanting to find these to share with families and teachers.   They look like a great fix!

Theresa Baldry, , FSC PLUK June 20, 2012 11:40 PM
Billings MT

I need to get some right away!  Thanks for the article.

Kim Bell June 20, 2012 9:21 PM

Thanks so much for sharing this info. This week I found myself wondering when someone would come up with a product like this. I work with little ones and they seem to learn the use of the exit/home button quicker than anything else. Im excited to order this product.

Paula, Speech Pathologist - MS CCC SLP June 20, 2012 8:02 PM
Houston TX

We love the bub caps, just need to keep my son's fingernails trimmed so he can't take them off.  They really do help!!

Janine Jones June 20, 2012 5:16 PM
whangarei New Zealand AE

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