What Is The Frogpad?

The Frogpad is a one handed keyboard that is used for people who have physical disabilities such as hemiplegia, that affect one half of the body. The main goal for the Frogpad is to minimize the person having to move his or her hand across a regular QWERTY keyboard. By using this innovative tool, the person’s hand stays firmly in the middle of the keyboard. A few years ago, my occupational therapist introduced me to the Frogpad. My occupational therapist felt like me using a regular keyboard was unnecessary and she wanted me to try the Frogpad. To me, it was very difficult to use. It was mainly the fact of me getting used to a new device and learning where each one of my fingers went and how to navigate them on the keyboard. It felt awkward. After occupational therapy ended, I went back to using the QWERTY keyboard because it was easier. I still kept the Frogpad though. I don’t know why but I did. 

How The Frogpad Works

The Frogpad is fairly simple once you get used to it. The main keys on the Frogpad are the “t”, “h”, and “e” keys. Place your ring, middle, and index fingers on these three keys. Your pinkie finger goes on the shift key and your thumb goes on the Space key. In order to type on this keyboard, you will need to know which fingers you need to use for each keys. For the keys above, below, and to the left of the letter “t”, you will need your ring finger. For the keys above and below the letter “h”, use your middle finger. For the keys above, below, and to the right of the letter “e”, use your index finger. Easy, right? Now for the letters and special characters that are not highlighted in black, you have to press the space key and the key that you want to use at the same time, which is highlighted in the color green. In order to use the numbers, you have to press the number key and press the designated letter. For the letters and characters that have the same color, for example, if you want to end your sentence with an exclamation point, you have to press the shift key and wait until it is completely lit and then you press the button.

For more information about the Frogpad one handed keyboard and on purchasing information, go to:

www.frogpad.com

I hope that this information was helpful.

Photo by: Me

Photo by: Me

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This entry was published on August 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm. It’s filed under Blog and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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