Has everyone updated to iOS 6? I’m very excited about the new Accessibility features. I’m most excited about the new Guided Access feature. This new feature is going to be so helpful during my therapy sessions! I don’t know about your experience, but I have so many students who just want to PUSH. THAT. HOME. BUTTON. Or push any buttons on the screen for that matter.
How about you?
Guided Access is going to solve that problem! So how do you use it? I’m glad you asked.
The first step you need to take is to go to the Settings App on your iPad.
Under General, scroll up until you see Accessibility.
Under the Learning section you will see the Guided Access option.
Tap this button and turn on Guided Access.
You can also set a Passcode at this time so students are not able to triple tap the Home Button and turn these features off. (Recommended.)
Now, open the app you would like to have your student or child play. In this case we are playing Shelby’s Quest! While you are in a game screen, triple tap the Home Button. The Accessibility Options dialogue box will pop up. Choose Guided Access.
Your game screen will shrink down allowing the Guided Access options to show. You can see that the Home Button is automatically off. What you are also able to do here is disable any parts of the screen that you do not want your child to access.
Simply draw a circle around the parts of the screen and the iPad will automatically detect the button that you wish to turn off. Press Start (upper right corner) when you have disabled the buttons you do not want your child to access.
Once this is set up, you are returned to normal game play. However, the button is shaded and disabled.
This area of the screen will remain disabled throughout game play.
All you need to do to return to regular function is triple tap the Home Button again, enter your passcode and tap End (upper left corner), and normal play is resumed.
There are a few other options with Guided Access. You are able to turn off Touch, which disables the screen completely. This would be nice if you are having your child watch a video or listen to a book that is being read to them. You can also turn off Motion.Turning off Motion disables screen rotation.
I hope this helps during your therapy sessions!