In this post, we will briefly discuss three important ways you can care for your child’s device to ensure that it is kept in good condition and available for him whenever he needs to communicate.
Keeping it Safe:
If your child is using an iPad with an AAC application, you will need to purchase a case to protect the device. We also recommend using a screen protector. In most cases, a rubberized case with a handle and carrying strap will be sufficient (insert picture of a PureSense case).
Ask your ABA therapist for guidance if your child engages in any destructive behavior toward the device, so that a behavior plan can be implemented.
Keeping it Clean:
Your child is carrying his device everywhere with him and it will need to be cleaned frequently. Wipe down the case with a disinfecting wipe daily to remove grime and germs. Clean the screen carefully to prevent a sticky buildup. If your child has a dedicated communication device, refer to the device manual for specific cleaning instructions.
Keeping it Charged:
Develop a routine of plugging in the device every night when your child goes to bed so that it will be fully charged for the next day. If you find that the device battery is not lasting all day, there are several setting adjustments that can be helpful.
Settings that affect battery life include turning off bluetooth and wifi, ensuring that the device is used only for communication, lowering the screen brightness slightly, and setting the device to dim when not in use. If the battery is still not lasting all day after making these adjustments, you may want to purchase a portable external battery pack to supplement the device battery.
In part 3, we will review some early steps to help your child develop ownership of his device and how to keep it available for communication.
Written by Cresanna Kahrl, RBT