Nicole’s Nook: New Features of iOS 8

This holiday season, many of you may have received a new iPhone, iPad or iPod as a holiday gift, or you may gift yourself the latest iOS 8 update to make your existing device new to you! Whatever the case may be, this month I would like to share some features of this latest update.

Apps & Battery Usage

  • Discover which apps are using the most batteryiOS 8
  • Go to Settings > General > Usage
  • Select Battery Usage to see the proportion of battery used by each app when the device is not charging

Grayscale Mode

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  • Select Grayscale which will shift the entire display into shades of black and white

Guided Access

  • Allows you to set a time limit in an app before it shuts off
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  • Select Guided Access and turn on
  • Set up your passcode
  • Select Time Limits to choose sound or speak, which gives a warning before the time ends
  • Go into any app, triple click the Home button
  • At the bottom of the screen, you have many options such as turning off hardware buttons, disabling certain areas on the screen or setting a time limit
  • When finished, press Start, and Guided Access is now enabled
  • 30 seconds before the timer is up, there will be an audible warning
  • Once the timer is up OR if you wish to exit prior to that, triple click the Home button and enter the passcode
  • Select End to exit Guided Access

Predictive Text

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard
  • Turn Predictive on
  • This enables word prediction to increase typing speed

*Only available with the onscreen keyboard, not a Bluetooth wireless keyboard

Safari Passwords

  • Go to Settings > Safari
  • Select Password and AutoFill
  • You then have the option to enable autofill of contact info, previous names and passwords or credit card info

Speak Screen

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech
  • Turn Speak Screen on
  • Now you are able to swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to hear the contents of the screen
  • This feature can read text, names of buttons and other interface elements

*Speak Screen is different from Speak Selection

Add Photos to Notes

  • Photos can be inserted into the Notes app from the Photos app
  • When in notes, double click where you want the photo to be inserted
  • Select Insert Photo and then make your selection from the Photo app Timer Mode
  • When using the Camera App, there is an option for a Time Lapse that can be set for 3 or 10 seconds
  • Recover Deleted Photos
  • In the Camera app, use the small preview icon at the bottom of the screen to open up a view that allows previously deleted photos to be recovered
  • Tap on the Trash Can to retrieve your photo
  • You can clear these photos by emptying the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app

Enjoy your brand new device or your new-to-you upgraded device this holiday season!

Nicole Weckherlin, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist


HEC-TV Innovations: Features Washington University NF Center

HECTV_Cordell2It was months in the making, with film crews set up in the research laboratory, at our clinical program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and even at our jazz music-motor therapy program, Beat NF. The HEC-TV associates have been hard at work, recording candid interviews and capturing meaningful moments among the Washington University NF Center physicians, therapists, researchers, patients and their families. The outcome: an in-depth look at the multidisciplinary team approach we take to treating Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), the life-changing relationships we form with our patients and the groundbreaking research which makes it all possible.

Cordell Whitlock of HEC-TV approached Dr. David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, Director of the Washington University Neurofibromatosis (NF) Center, back in May 2014 with his idea to feature our unique and innovative approach to treating NF1, the most common disorder most people have never even heard of. Dr. Gutmann jumped at the chance to bring awareness about this life-altering condition to the public and highlight the struggles and triumphs experienced by families who are affected by it. I think I can speak for everyone here at the Washington University NF Center when I say we are grateful to Cordell and the HEC-TV team for putting together such an incredible piece, and we are so thankful to have the opportunity to make such a positive difference in the lives of our patients every day.

Click here to view the feature, and learn more about how the Washington University NF Center is delivering exceptional care through groundbreaking research.

– Written by Courtney L Monroe, Washington University NF Center Clinical Research Assistant II



Washington University NF Center Winter 2014 Newsletter

Winter 2014 Newsletter_Digital_Front_Page_12014 might be winding down, but the Washington University NF Center is still hard at work in our research laboratories and at our innovative outreach programs, like Beat NF and Club NF!

Check out the winter 2014 newsletter for some of our most popular research articles, a reflection on our successful fall Beat NF event and more! Some of the highlights include:

  • Walk Family Makes Donation to Support NF Research
  • Understanding the Diverse Clinical Features of NF1
  • Researcher Profile: Sidney Williams, PhD
  • New Drug Shows Promise for NF1 Plexiform Neurofibromas

Be sure to take a look at our previous newsletters as well!


Gutmann Delivers the 8th Annual Riley Church Lecture

Dr. Gutmann 120514aDavid H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, the Donald O. Schnuck Family Professor and Director of the Washington University Neurofibromatosis (NF) Center, was selected as the 8th Riley Church Professor. This honor was presented by Andrea and Marty Church following Dr. Gutmann’s lecture on December 5th at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gutmann spoke on the use of mouse models to inform the care of children with NF1-associated brain tumors. This lecture was hosted by Dr. Paul G. Fisher, The Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology.


Courtney’s Corner: Holiday Shopping

As the holidays near, I always begin to panic. Not about putting up decorations or hosting a holiday meal, but about having an influx of gifts in the house, which ultimately create more clutter and often go unused. Each year, I try to take a step back and come up with a list of gifts that my children will both love and have an opportunity to learn from.

I turn first to “experience gifts,” gifts that cannot be wrapped. Memberships to the zoo, museums, dance classes, or local community centers all offer opportunities for physical activity paired with education. Gift certificates to bowling alleys, tennis clubs and swimming pools again encourage family outings, and build both memories and muscles.

As a mother, I do appreciate the importance of having fun things to unwrap as well. I love stuffing the stockings full of gifts that promote fine motor development: Wikki Stix, sidewalk chalk, beads to string and paint sets. For presents that take more paper to wrap, consider shopping for items that address gross motor development: scooter boards, golf clubs, balance beams, soccer ball and cones. Board games are always a great option for encouraging family bonding time while also working on fine and gross motor skills. Some examples include Hullabaloo, Twister, and Cranium.

Pooling funds is also an excellent idea for the holidays! Access to technology can be fun and educational, but often very expensive. Asking grandparents and other relatives for gift cards to Apple or Microsoft can allow your kids to purchase big ticket items (especially after the holidays when sales can make these items more affordable).

Many of the unique items I mentioned are available online. Check out these family favorites:

  • Zoom sliding ball
  • Bean bags
  • Connect the Dots
  • Books
  • Soccer goals
  • Sewing kit
  • Twister
  • Fishing poles
  • Wikki Stix
  • Maze books
  • Scooter boards
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Cranium Hullabaloo
  • Balance beam (easily made with a 2×4)
  • Bubbles (especially in a no spill container)
  • Soccer Cones (for building obstacle courses)

Happy holidays!

Courtney Dunn, PT, DPT