App: Children’s Countdown
ADHD brains just don’t understand time. Young children don’t conceptualize time like we do. This app has proven invaluable in giving the ADHD kids that I work with, a way to SEE how time is clicking by. The timer slowly uncovers different pictures, which is fun to look for also.
Price: Free, but with ads. It costs 99 cents to get rid of the ads.
Bonus: You can disable the “off” button, so that children cannot stop or restart the timer.
Uses: Use as a timeout timer, making sure the child can see it. The ticking noise can be soothing for some kids. Bring some excitement to boring tasks like picking up toys, brushing teeth, getting dressed, or feeding the dog. Challenge your kiddo to beat the clock by completing the task you give him or her before the timer goes off. Provide a small reward if he or she actually does it, like freeeeeeedom from chores for 5 minutes (which you can also time with this handy app).
Too cool for cute pictures? Try this app: The Timer+Touch HD PRO.
App: Moody Me
Know anyone that’s moody? ADHDers don’t automatically self-evaluate. They need to remember to check in with themselves. How am I feeling right now? Does my body need anything (bathroom, food, water)? This app makes it easy to identify, record and chart your child’s mood cycles. It’s extremely simple and takes all of 2 seconds to ask your child to identify and ‘touch’ how they are feeling.
Cost: Free! Thank you MedHelp and GE Healthymagination
Bonus Features: You can add a passcode for privacy, and set reminders for you or your kiddo. There is an option to take pictures of things that are making you feel the way you do. It also tells you what your average mood was over the last 7 days.
Uses: ADHD kids and teens often have a hard time expressing how they have been feeling lately. This will help. Our kids also need to practice ‘checking in’ with themselves. ADHDers get all wrapped up in the present, and this app can remind them that not EVERY day this week has been terrible. For parents, it is a great resource for you to begin noticing patterns in their mood. You may notice that their mood changes when they eat certain foods, at certain times of the day, or maybe when their medication is activating or wearing off. These are all wonderful pieces of information to bring to your pediatrician, psychiatrist or other helping professional.
App & Online Program: Chore Monster https://www.choremonster.com/
There are a handful of things that engage the ADHD brain and chores are not one of them. Integrating a game or challenge is one way to ‘trick’ their brain into engaging in those tasks that they’d rather stand on hot cement than do. Chore monster is an online program as well as a handy app.
How it works: You and your child each have an account. You assign chores on your end, with attached pictures (perfect for our ADHD brains). You also assign points for each chore, which can be used to “buy” rewards, which you also assign. When your child completes a chore they tap on it, then on your end you approve or disapprove resulting in the getting (or not getting) points. Meanwhile, Chore Monster also rewards them with tickets which they can use to play goofy games on their side. “What? You’d like a popsicle? Well, let me check my phone to see if you’ve done your chore.”
Cost: Free! I haven’t found any hidden costs yet.
Uses: Other than the obvious, a word of caution. Start small. Let your kiddo get used to using the app to remind him/her of the chores. Let yourself get into the habit of referring back to it. Then slowly load it up with chores and rewards. Have fun!!
App: Parentable also on Twitter @ParentableApp
An app for you! This app feeds you a variety of blogs and news articles about the topics close to you heart: parenting, ADHD/ADD, OCD, Autism, Learning Disorders, Family Time, Kids Health, etc. What I like about it, is that it give you a small taste of a variety of writings that are easy to scroll through and get to the topics that interest you most. Parents of ADHD/ADD kids are constantly having to educate others. It is very important that you have current information. (Caution: Some of the posts are opinion pieces)
Cost: Free! With, of course, the annoying adds.
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