Posts Tagged Android

Learning Touchscreen Use: Part II – Tap and Hold

Learning Touchscreen Use: Part II – Tap and Hold

Welcome back! As you may recall, we started a series on touch screen use for older adults (or anyone else who might need a little help). Our introductory post to the series is here. In this post, we are going to focus on the ‘Tap and Hold’ movement, which you might also see called a […]

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European Seating Symposium 2013 Highlights

I had the great fortune last week to be able to travel to Dublin for the European Seating Symposium  with a colleague. A presentation we developed on mounting AAC devices (and others) without compromising line of sight for power wheelchair users was accepted to the conference, and we had some great interest. The conference was […]

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Learning Touchscreen Use: Part I – The Tap

Learning Touchscreen Use: Part I – The Tap

Welcome to the first ‘official’ part of our series – Learning Touchscreen Use for Older Adults. You can find our first post explaining the series here. This post provides some hints and suggestions on teaching (or learning) the action that is the simplest, and most widely used – the tap. First, you may need to […]

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Capacitive v. Resisitive Screens – What’s the Difference?

In the lead up to our series on teaching touchscreen use, we need a quick exploration of the difference between capacitive and resistive screens. I wanted to keep this separate from the first post, as you’re likely only reading this if you need to understand it better. (If you already have a technical knowledge, this […]

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Learning touchscreen use for older adults

I often encounter older adults who are having difficulty using a new tablet or device that their child or grandchild has placed in their hands. For those who haven’t used a computer before, the technology can seem daunting and strange. For those who have used computers before, moving from the mouse based system to a […]

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Keyguards for Tablets

I am always looking for exciting keyguard options for iPad and Android tablets. For AAC users with limited physical dexterity, keyguards are often a saving grace – especially when working with a touch screen. They reduce the effort needed to access the screen by giving a bit of physical guidance, while also minimizing the risk […]

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App Review: Picturebook – A Great Social Story App!

App Review: Picturebook – A Great Social Story App!

For those who haven’t used social stories before, these are stories that are targeted to specific situations that a child or adult who has difficulty understanding social conventions can use to better understand what they are supposed to do in a social situation.   One of the greatest challenges in social stories is that the […]

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App Review: iWrite Words

App Review: iWrite Words

iPads seem to be making their way into many areas of my practice. While the benefits were apparent in many areas, I was surprised to see the benefits for kids having difficulty with writing. Although the kids aren’t getting the benefit of increasing strength, I have still found that using the iPad for letter formation […]

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App Review: Dexeteria

App Review: Dexeteria

Dexteria is an app that was developed by an Occupational Therapist to work on a few key areas of fine motor development that are suitable for a tablet. It consists of three activities, addressing the issues of finger isolation, pincer grasp position and letter formation. All three are important to handwriting, with the skills developed […]

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App Review: Mobile Mouse

App Review: Mobile Mouse

    Touchscreens have often been held up as an example of what the future holds in terms of computing. We’ve now reached a point where touch screens are everywhere – restaurants, malls, airports, but even more significantly, many of us are carrying them around in our pockets! With the increase in iPhones, iPods and […]

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