TAPit maximises flexibility and minimizes barriers by adapting to a person's individual needs
Anyone can operate the TAPit screen using a finger, assistive device, or reach stick. The large icons also help people select the correct target to make their choices, while the work area is designed to ensure that the majority of users are able to reach the entire surface. The TAPit also assists people who are:
The TAPit platform works with any software on your computer allowing teachers and therapists to resize text and graphics, adjust brightness or contrast controls, and enlarge images or change background colours within seconds. The low-glare, matte finish display is shadow-free, providing optimal viewing for low-vision users.
Finger touch input keeps hands free of pen tools that interfere with signing. Interactive media keeps users engaged. They can read from the board and sign at the same time, increasing opportunities for communication.
The TAPit platform offers ongoing visual reinforcement to complement lessons and improve functional capabilities. While their eye movement increases, users with ASD, ADD, etc, can track content with greater ease. The physical interaction and visual stimulus offers an additional sensory channel to help process information.
“The TAPit is basically indestructible. Our class of 18-21 year old's with complex learning needs have leant on it, pushed it, bumped wheelchairs into it and generally included it in the rough and tumble of classroom equipment and there’s no mark to show for it. The TAPit interests and motivates students, capturing their attention and intriguing them into engaging in activities and lessons that otherwise may have proved difficult. All students have 1:1 interactive games they work on with staff members or independently throughout the day and look forward to their focused learning activities on the TAPit.
So far, we are doing old activities in new ways and accessing some amazing online special needs resources, Ginger Tiger is now one of our daily teaching tools. Next step will be to figure out what the TAPit is really capable of and start doing new things in new ways! Hugh and his very helpful team have given us all the support we need to set the Tapit up and been available to answer any questions we have had since. We cant recommend this company or this product highly enough."
Amy Shoebridge (teacher) and Sarah Roil (Principal)
Kōwhai Special School