iPad/iPhone:Autism Mode (Disable Hardware Buttons, Lock into Single App)

***UPDATE: This is a standard feature in the newer versions of IOS, it’s called Guided Access.  http://autismdad.com/2014/03/20/using-guided-access-in-ios-to-lock-your-kid-with-autism-into-a-single-app/***

If you are like me, you see the iPad (and to a lesser extend, the iPhone) as a huge benefit for kids with autism spectrum disorders, BUT it can be a hassle getting your kid to stay focused on the great new educational or ACC app that you know could help them, when they can switch over to their favorite game app, etc.  For example, if you use ProLoQuo2Go for ACC, they can’t get out to play games or watch videos.

ios 6 resolved this dilemma.  using the Guided Access feature.  The following instructions work on the iPhone or iPad.

  1. Go to SETTINGS
  2. Click GENERAL
  3. Click ACCESSIBILITY
  4. Under LEARNING, click GUIDED ACCESS
  5. Turn GUIDED ACCESS ON and SET PASSWORD.  If you want the screen to still sleep after inactivity turn that option on as well.
Next,
  1. go to the app that you want to lock the kid into (ie – they can use this app and can’t get out to others via the HARDWARE BUTTONS.
  2. TRIPLE TAP THE HOME button (click 3 times quickly).  This starts Guided Access.
  3. Click Options.
  4. Leave HARDWARE BUTTONS to ALWAYS OFF, Leave TOUCH ON, and MOTION ON.  Click DONE.
  5. In top right corner, click START
  6. Guided Access is now engaged.  To get out of it, TRIPLE CLICK THE HOME BUTTON, enter password that you set up in settings, and click END.  You can now browse to any apps.

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