• Dr. Amelie Lewis

The iPad is no longer a toy


The AAC user may like to play games or do other stuff on the iPad. Now, the AAC iPad should only have the AAC app installed, with unnecessary apps removed.  ​ ​ If you can afford it, get two tablets. It's useful for several reasons: ​ • The AAC user learns that the AAC iPad is their voice, not a toy. ​​• The AAC is still available if the AAC user wants to use an app to play a game, watch a show, or do something else on the other tablet.  • You can limit the "fun" screen time without taking away your AAC user's voice. How to lock the screen to the AAC app




How to lock the screen to the AAC app


You can "lock" the user in the AAC app by using Guided Access. Guided Access limits your device to a single app. You can turn on Guided Access when you let a child use your device, or when accidental gestures might distract you.  ​

Set up Guided Access

  1. Go to Settings  > Accessibility > Guided Access, then turn on Guided Access.

  2. Adjust any of the following:

  • Passcode Settings: Tap Set Guided Access Passcode, then enter a passcode. You can also turn on Face ID (on an iPad with Face ID) or Touch ID (on an iPad with Touch ID) as a way to end a Guided Access session.

  • Time Limits: Play a sound or speak the time remaining before a Guided Access session ends.

  • Accessibility Shortcut: Turn the shortcut on or off during Guided Access sessions.

  • Display Auto-Lock: Set how long it takes the iPad to automatically lock during a Guided Access session.


Start a Guided Access session

  1. Open the app you want to use.

  2. Turn on Guided Access using one of the following methods:

3. Circle any areas of the screen you want to disable. Drag the mask into position or use the handles to adjust its size.

4. Tap Options, then turn on or off any of the following:

  • Top Button (or Sleep/Wake Button)

  • Volume Buttons

  • Motion (to prevent the iPad from switching from portrait to landscape or from responding to other motions)

  • Keyboards

  • Touch

  • Time Limit


5. Tap Start.


End a Guided Access session

Do any of the following:

  • On an iPad with a Home button: Double-click the Home button, then unlock with Touch ID (if enabled). Or triple-click the Home button, then enter the Guided Access passcode.

  • On an iPad with Face ID: Double-click the top button, then unlock with Face ID (if enabled). Or triple-click the top button, then enter the Guided Access passcode.


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