University: Penn State University
The PSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is conducting a variety of research projects with young children who use tablets with application software to help aid in developing communication skills. Early intervention is a communication process for young children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. Programs that can be accessed through tablets are useful tools that are incorporated in the intervention steps. There are a variety of iPad cases on the market. However, there are no tablet cases already available that meet the needs of this intervention.
This project group was tasked with designing a model for a tablet case that met the needs of the PSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the needs of the children and instructors using the tablet. Throughout the design process, multiple iterations of the model were created, and thus far two Additive Manufactured prototypes have been printed.
See the complete project description at http://aac-rerc.psu.edu/wordpressmu/RESNA-SDC/2015/06/08/child-friendly-tablet-case-penn-state-university/
This project was sponsored by RERC on AAC as part of the AAC Incubator Initiative, and was conducted in cooperation with the Penn State Learning Factory.