This box was developed by user Christine Clark in order to protect an i-Pad from a child who liked to hit theÂ screen with a flat hand. After an unsuccessful search to find a case that would protect theÂ screen while allowing access, this box was created. Â It allows the user access toÂ the slide bar and the Proloquo Communication app in the portrait orientation. Â After a year of using this box and a behavior management program, the child was noÂ longer hitting the i-Pad and was able to switch to a lighter weight case.
Here are the steps to build your own box:
I purchased this wooden letter trayÂ at A. C. Moore for under $10.00. Â The I-Pad, in its slim case, fits
inside. Â You can paint, stain, or leave itÂ plain. Â I painted it withÂ a water resistant type of paint.
I went to Home Depot andÂ discovered the ventilated shelving. Â Home Depot will cut to your length.
Item #4714 is the perfect fit afterÂ some trimming. The 4â€™ piece costsÂ under $10. Home Depot may have
some scrap pieces leftover fromÂ when they trimmed shelving for aÂ previous customer. I did get a free
piece.Â You may use a Dremel tool orÂ another type of sander to smooth theÂ edges after cutting. Home DepotÂ sells touch up paint for vinyl coatedÂ racks if you want to touch up theÂ rack after cutting. Â You can easily slide the bar in orderÂ to unlock the I-Pad in this position.
As you can see, the plug easily fitsÂ through the handle on the woodenÂ tray. Recharging will be easy.
The next step is to provideÂ some type of shockÂ absorption under the iPad. Â Some ideas are foam, slipÂ resistant material usedÂ under rugs and on shelves, aÂ small folded towel, ventÂ register filters, etc. Â In the first photo I used slip resistant material. Â 3 layers were needed.
In this photo I used vent register filters. Â I used 3 filters in a stack and made 2 stacks.
It is important that you don’t make the shock absorption layer too thick. Â The iPad must be lower than the side of the tray.
STEP 4: Â Last you want to fasten the shelving to the tray. Â How you do this will depend on the users needs.
You may have to drill severalÂ small holes in both sides of theÂ wooden tray. A twist tie can beÂ inserted through each hole andÂ pulled up and around the bar onÂ the shelving. The twist tie canÂ be easily removed when you
need to take the I-Pad out of theÂ case.
You can tie a string throughÂ the handle on the wooden trayÂ and the closest cross bar on theÂ shelving.Â You can drill larger holes andÂ use chain with a padlock.
Just remember to be creative. The idea is toÂ protect the I-Pad and allow theÂ user to have access to it.