I am an SLP in an elementary school. I am using MyTalk with one of my students loves the opportunity to interact with others and have them understand and respond to what he says for the first time! My student has both communication needs and physical impairments. He was having a lot of success using MyTalk to request desired activities but I knew we needed to keep expanding what he was learning. We were beginning to use MyTalk to initiate social greetings with others when I noticed that he was having difficulty physically selecting the correct square he wanted. He was correctly pointing to the square with his finger but had a lot of difficulty keeping the rest of his hand from leaning on the iPad while he pushed the button. He would try to push a button at the top of the iPad and his hand would accidentally select the buttons on the bottom. I tried modeling and demonstrating how to only use his finger to select a button. I tried helping hold his hand and his other fingers out of the way so he could learn to use only his finger to select the button. These options were mildly successful. He knew what to do but it was still challenging for him. It also was difficult for me to see if he actually knew what buttons to push if I was helping him know what to select. I knew I needed something better. My first thought was a stylus. These however are expensive, something I can lose, something to get covered in germs, something to get broken, or something to get thrown at me. :) I was brainstorming with my husband who told me how the styluses work on the iPad and I realized that they only work if they have a special connection. I thought maybe there was a way to have that connection with just his finger. I wanted a way to cover up the rest of his hand but not his finger. I went to Target and set out to buy a fun kid's glove. However, the fun Spiderman/Batman ones were more expensive than I can afford to keep spending on my kids but I found plain black ones on sale - two pairs for $1! I cut the tip off of the finger and helped put it on my student's hand. He is now able to correctly push the buttons with his finger and rest his hand on the iPad without accidentally selecting any of the other buttons. My student is not always interested in wearing the glove. He will always put it on but when allowed takes it off and hands it back and then has to work a little harder to select what he wants and has learned to try again if he makes a mistake. He is still working on strengthening his muscles in his hand and hopefully will not need modifications to use the iPad on his own.
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