Here is a list of Occupational Therapists recommendations : 1. Encourage good seated posture: sit upright in chair with bottoms back in the seat, back against the backrest, feet on the floor, shoulders relaxed, elbows close to the body, hands, wrists, forearms and thighs parallel to the floor and importantly keep your head and neck in a relaxed posture and avoid excessive neck flexion or rotation. 2. Where iPad usage exceeds 30 minutes of continual work, take short breaks of 5 minutes for every 30 minutes. 3. Use an external keyboard for typing and an iPad stand to view the iPad at a comfortable viewing angle, consider the use of cushions on chairs and footstools to ensure children are positioned correctly at their table. 4. Implement stretch breaks for every 30 minutes of use. 5. Change your position every 15 minutes, stand up if seated, sit down if standing. 6. Regularly alternate between iPad and paper based activities, regularly rotate between typing based tasks and browsing tasks. 7. Consider teaching basic typing skills through short but frequent training with the use of tutorial software programs. This will reduce the neck flexion to view the keyboard. 8. Eyes - Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen, look away from your screen at least every 20 minutes and gaze at a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for at least 20 seconds. Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce fatigue.
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