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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Great Apps for Parents and Kids

From Special-Ism.com

By Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC
May 8, 2014

There seems to be an explosion of new apps being developed for computers, tablets and smartphones each day. While it can seem overwhelming, some of these apps are worth learning about. And the best part is that most of them are free or very inexpensive.

For those still unfamiliar with what an “app” is, think of it as a mini software program that requires minimal time to set up, learn, and start to use. The benefits can be virtually immediate.

Listed below are a few apps I have recently discovered that are useful for parents and students. My hope is that you will find their ease and simplicity helpful.

iRewardChart: Teaching children responsibility and accountability is a challenge many parents face. As a Parent Coach, I often find that once we have established the WHAT expectation we want the child to perform, and HOW to help the child stay motivated, the challenge for the parent is maintaining an easy, accessible way to track progress toward the goal. This app allows you to customize your tasks and expectations for each child and then give them points when complying. A balance is maintained that can be applied toward specified rewards.

NOTE: Before beginning any reward program with your child it is important to be sure you and your child are clear about the expectation and that your child is truly ABLE to perform the expected task. Reward programs do little to TEACH initial skills and can end up frustrating children who feel they cannot achieve the goal.

rXmindMe: This app helps truly coordinate every aspect of medication management. You can list each medication (use the easy search through the FDA Database for accurate spelling and dosing). Set a reminder alarm for when the medication is to be taken. It tracks how many pills are used and reminds you in advance when it’s time to get a refill.

It stores the information about the subscription, doctor, and pharmacy to make the process of refilling easy. It is password protected for security and privacy.

iHomework: These days kids have more information to keep track of, and fortunately more sophisticated aids to help them. This app brings the standard agenda pad to life by adding useful features and integration with their home computer. The student can easily input information about their classes, teachers, assignments, projects and tests.

Students will benefit by being able to view their work by class, day, week and month. They can prioritize work by setting reminders and alarms. This can powerful in helping students get started on their work and manage longer-term projects and tests.

Flashcards+: Studying facts can be tedious at best. Flashcards have long been recognized as a great way to self-learn and self-test bites of factual information. This app allows students to create easy-to-read flashcards and monitor their progress in memorizing the facts.

Additionally, it integrates with millions of already created sets of flashcards covering a range of topics, grades, and even textbook chapters. They can study any time or place they have a device with them.

Best Alarm Clock: Waking up is never easy for some people. Choosing the songs or sounds can sometimes ease the transition from deep sleep to rising awareness. This app lets you choose songs from your personal play list or built in sounds. You can determine the length of the snooze and set unlimited back up alarms. You can also use it to set reminders throughout the day with messages attached. It also shows the current temperature and weather.

New apps are being developed every day. Please let me know of any apps that have been helpful to you and your family so that I can share them.

About Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC

Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ACAC, is a certified ADHD Coach and Parenting Specialist, providing education, tools, strategies and support to help parents reduce the arguing, stress and chaos that so often exist on a daily basis. Coaching and Parent Trainings are provided in person and on the phone. For more information, visit: PTS Coaching.

1 comment:

  1. Hey there,great post.I would like to add some words with iRewardChart.I like this app a great deal, and think it is helping my daughter, after one and only day,yet after it let me add new tasks once,it began crashing when I needed to add more.I have to add them so I can get my daughter to remember to stretch for her Taekwondo.I considered uninstalling and reinstalling the app,however believe that the problem may continue, and afterward I'd be stuck with all the default items and have none of my custom ones.
    @Ethel Gardner.