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Distractions with the iPad? Try Guided Access

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The introduction of the iPad has made it increasingly easy to have a portable way for individuals with limited communication or no functional communication to interact with others. A lack of functional communication skills can lead to increased problem behavior, decrease in access to reinforcement or enriched environments and limited potential interactions with the people in their world.

Facilitate communication

ipad-autisnSo now you introduce an iPad that has an app to facilitate communication. You have taught the skills necessary to use this tool and your loved one can get their point across. There is just one tiny problem.... the child's favorite activity for entertainment is also on said device. Well, now what? "He likes angry birds too much; I could never stop him from playing that." "YouTube has all of her favorite shows on and she can find them by herself." "This will never work because I would have to have a separate device for communication."

There is a simple solution. The iPad has a built in feature called guided access that can solve this problem.

According to Apple's website "Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen. "

Distraction free iPad

Use Guided Access to:

  • Temporarily restrict your iOS device to a particular app
  • Disable areas of the screen that aren't relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction
  • Disable the hardware buttons

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access to set up Guided Access. From there you can:

  • Turn Guided Access on or off
  • Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

Start a Guided Access session

  • Open the app you want to run
  • Triple-click the Home button
  • Adjust settings for the session and then click Start
  • Disable app Turn off Touch

Keep iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to any other motions

  • Turn off Motion

End a Guided Access session

  • Triple-click the Home button
  • Enter the Guided Access passcode controls and areas of the app screen
  • Circle any part of the screen you want to disable
  • Use the handles to adjust the area

Communication and play in harmony

One thing to remember is do not forget the password! Guided access can be used for any app on the iPad that you would like to target. Is there an educational app that you want to target for more than 30 seconds at a time? A book app that you would like to read with your child but they can quickly close it out? The possibilities are abundant. Who says you can't have your communication tool and play with it too?


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