Monday, October 29, 2012

Toothbrush Timer App

Visual timers can help with compliance and task completion, especially in children with autism. I just came across Toothbrush Timer, which is a basic visual timer app for a specific activity - tooth brushing!  
This app runs for two minutes, with 30 seconds for each quadrant of the mouth. It provides a visual cue for which quadrant of the mouth to brush and even breaks each quadrant into outside, top, and inside, as you can see in the screenshots below. That level of precision might be difficult for some children to understand, but I think it is still useful if the child just brushes each quadrant for the desired time.

After the 30 seconds are up, the app makes a beep and then the next quadrant is highlighted. When the timer runs out completely, there is an applause, which might serve as a motivator for some children.

App Information

Name of App: Toothbrush Timer
Publisher: Ryan Newsome
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Price: Free from the Apple iTunes App Store.

Information was correct at the time of publication of this review, but is subject to change, so please confirm prior to downloading.

Have you had success with this app? What other apps to you find helpful for completion of self-help tasks?

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