Looking for a case that can take a beating? Meet the Gripcase, by Gripcase USA. It's surprisingly lightweight, durable, and rugged. You might say it's the Jet Li of iPad cases.
I tested a green one. But Gripcase comes in red, purple, blue, and black also. Get the color your kid likes. There's no shortage when it comes to color selection.
Without having a Gripcase in your hands, you might be a little perplexed at how it can possibly hold an iPad securely. Don't worry. Trust me, the iPad isn't coming out of this thing unless you pull it out intentionally. Once it's snapped into the Gripcase it 'aint goin' nowhere.
In my opinion, for kids with special needs like ASD, drop protection is extremely important. I'm a Dad. I've seen my son (who has autism) abuse things. I've seen him drop his iPad more than once.
So, when I outfitted his iPad with the Gripcase the first thing I did was drop test it. Naturally, I wouldn't have drop tested it if I didn't think it would survive with flying colors. After all, I'm not eager to rush out and purchase another iPad. From the time you first open the box and get your hands on the Gripcase you can tell it offers great drop protection.
Drop it, toss it, chuck it, just don't tell the manufacturer I encouraged you. The Gripcase absorbs the shock without bouncing into other objects. And that's important. As long as the device doesn't land flat on its backside from 6 feet up, you have nothing to worry about. But in all fairness, usually when an iPad is dropped it lands, to a large degree, on a corner. And that's what the Gripcase is ready for. When I drop tested my son's iPad 2 in the Gripcase, I had no reservations about tossing it onto a tile or cement floor.
No worry about accessing the ports, switches, and cameras. Everything on iPad 2 is still easy to access. Nothing is blocked.
You can see all the pictures on this page. I think this case is pretty cool looking. It's got handles on all four sides. I yanked and pulled on those handles like a little kid might do, and found them to be quite resilient. You cannot easily tear them. Plus, with all the handles, I imagine it's no problem handing your iPad over to someone... just as soon as you're inclined to surrender the source of all that fun.
Can the Gripcase handle autism? Well, can Jet Li do a flying roundhouse scissor kick? Yes, he can. (If such a kick exists!)
For the sake of being upfront and transparent you should know that I don't buy the products I review. Manufacturers send me samples. So I get the products and what you get is the non-biased, honest review of a parent raising a child with autism. If a product is no good for children with autism I will let you know!
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