So I recently bought my son with high functioning Autism an iPad (Thanks Aunt Dena!!!!), and my other son (twins) an iPod, and immediately set out to see how I can protect it to the best of my ability and ran across a few things from Amazon, also buying a gel case for my sons iPod touch. For the iPad I chose the GRIFFIN protective case due to its having military specs and also being military tested to pass MIL-STD-810F. It also has a built-in clear protective cover which covers the main screen as well as the camera. I then saw an accessory made by OtterBox which would allow for holding from behind, wearing with a neck-strap and the small pouch it comes with doubles as a stand. I received the items today and Im not sorry one bit.
There are a few caveats I have noticed though but the thing far outways them. With the Otterbox on, it covers the volume buttons but I can still press them behind the elastic band just fine. Also, one of the elastic bands covers the rear camera compartment so I would need to slide the one elastic band off and open the flap covering the camera to use it. The front facing camera is unobstructed. The flaps covering some of the features such as the microphone are just a hair loose but I can live with that. The main reason I bought this is to help environment proof the iPad from food, drink, moister, drops, spells, etc.
I probably didnt mention that it is spill proof, meaning it will survive if anything is spilled on it. Below are links to what I purchased and some pictures. I purchased a couple Stylus pens as well because among the software I purchased for them both was SketchBook Pro (Its in the Apple Store and not expensive at all). I use it in Windows and its just the bomb for drawing, both my kids love it on their Apple devices and the pens help quite a bit. I feel I made excellent choices given my sons situation and would recommend these to anyone.
Once I settle on software he will be using on the iPad I will write a post about them.
GRIFFIN GB02480 Survivor Extreme-Duty Military Case for iPad 2 http://www.amazon.com/GRIFFIN-GB02480-Survivor-Extreme-Duty-Military/dp/B0055Q9NH0/ref=pd_vtp_e_81
OtterBox Utility Series Latch for iPad/iPad 2 – Black (APL8-IPAD1-20-E4OTR) http://www.amazon.com/OtterBox-Utility-Latch-iPad-APL8-IPAD1-20-E4OTR/dp/B004JMZZE6/ref=pd_luc_sim_02_02_t_lh
AmazonBasics Silicone Case with Tread for iPod touch 4th Gen http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Silicone-Tread-touch-Black/dp/B004GUT1QO/ref=sr_1_41?ie=UTF8&qid=1327446751&sr=8-41
3 pcs Capacitive Stylus http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0053NBLFW
This protective case is still going strong and I have no regrets for the purchase. i think its one of the few that were manufactured really well and for long lasting use. If i needed to I would get another one.