Those of you who have followed this blog over the years may know that we have had from time to time; problems with Liam’s behaviour.
When he is in the “red zone” which is what I call it when he is beyond negotiation, he will bite his hands, try to push or grab me or his father (or staff at school) and he really sets out to break stuff. A lot of stuff. I genuinely lost count of the number of mini-dvd players we have had over the years. I think we replaced 3 or 4 laptop keyboards, a memorable process which involved talking to the lovely Salif or Anjoli in Mumbai and pretending that the “enter” key wasn’t working, until they stopped trouble shooting and agreed to send me a new one. I eventually switched from Dell to Samsung Netbooks and plug in keyboards from the supermarket; much easier to replace!
Now we have iPads and iPhones, the potential for expensive repairs and replacements has increased. And before you judge me, keep in mind that these devices serve an important social and therapeutic purpose in our lives. And yes, they keep my children happy content. So employing tough love and making Liam live with the consequences of his vandalism would cost us more than the repairs. He is not “present” in the moment, or aware of what he is doing when he does break them. I have tried shouting “if you break that you will have to use a Nokia phone!” but he doesn’t stop. It is really only my investment in the worlds best covers that save me from 100 euro repairs.
While I we have had great success with the Otterbox Defender III covers on Grace and My iPad 2s, I have had a lot of issues with Liam’s iPad 1, as most of the old covers do not include hard screen protection. Which is important when you have a kid who types at 140 words per minute on a glass screen!
Between that, the biting, throwing and picking at the silicone covers, Liam’s iPad 1 was on the high risk list, even higher since I spotted a hairline crack. So I was fascinated to read about the Lifedge cover that my friend Val had tested for iPads4autism-ie. It was strong, it was durable and had a full screen cover with a very difficult to fit rubber sleeve. “Difficult to fit” meant “difficult to pick off” to me, so blagger that I am, I emailed LifedgeUK myself to ask for a sample.