Keep Clients in Their Apps
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.
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* 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!
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