FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD

Common Sense Media says

Excellent multisensory scheduling for all kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no in-app instructions, but the interface for the schedule user is very intuitive. Creating or editing schedules takes a bit more exploring, but there are tutorial sheets and videos available on the developer's website (www.goodkarmaapplications.com).

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There are supplemental packages of images that can be downloaded from within the app, but there is no charge.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

In edit mode, users can search the Internet for images to use in the app, and searches can bring up iffy content. However, parents can set a password to prevent kids from going into edit mode. You also can share schedules via email in edit mode.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FTVS HD First Then Visual Schedule HD is an excellent tool for creating visual and auditory apps for any child. Its simple, multisensory interface has great potential for use with kids with developmental or learning disabilities; anxiety or attention issues; language, hearing, or processing difficulties; or who may be learning English as a second language. Parents will develop schedules appropriate for their kids using text, pictures, audio clips, and videos. The schedules can be presented in five formats, each with a different way for a kid to check items completed and move on to the next. There is an option to have variable timing on steps in the schedule. "Choice boards" let kids indicate a preference from the choices, such as a reward for tasks completed.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • motivation
  • personal growth
  • self-assessment
  • time management

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The interface is appealing, clean, and simple. The combination of text with pictures, audio, and video is engaging and will draw and hold attention.

Learning Approach

Kids' attention will be drawn to the sequences presented, and learned behavior may transfer to other life tasks. Kids take an active role in the experience, evaluating their own behavior and scoring their progress.

Support

The interface for creating or editing schedules is intuitive, simple, and straightforward, and there are excellent training and help resources on the developer's website.

What kids can learn

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • motivation
  • personal growth
  • self-assessment
  • time management

Kids can learn and practice independence in self-direction and following through on scheduled activity sequences. The simple interface and choices for presentation format make it easy to learn and apply for most kids. Options for text, pictures, video, and audio allow customization to the learning style and appeal for various kids, including those identified with attention, learning, developmental, and other disabilities. First Then Visual Schedule HD is a simple but powerful tool to engage kids in independently following a schedule.

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What's it about?

Kids will use and follow schedules created by, or with, their parents to successfully and independently navigate various parts of their day. Kids with various disabilities will benefit from the multisensory approach as they hear or see instructions as well as read them and check each step as they move through a sequence.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

FTVS HD - FIRST THEN VISUAL SCHEDULE HD is an easy-to-use tool for developing multisensory schedules for kids to follow independently. Parents can develop specific schedules for or with their kids, including any text, audio, pictures, or video that will appeal to and engage them. There are five format choices that present the schedule to kids so they can independently track their progress, show when they've finished a step, and have the next step presented. You can record audio cues directly on your device, while pictures and videos and be recorded or selected from various sources. The app includes access to a large library of pictures, which you can download by topic area. You also have the option for schedule steps to be timed.

A nifty feature is the ability to create choice boards, where kids can select one of several options, as in choosing a reward for completing tasks. First Then Visual Schedule is an excellent schedule-managing tool to help any kid focus on the task at hand and successfully complete it. Any appropriate combination of text, audio, picture, and video will work for kids who otherwise might not be able to maintain focus on a task.

Families can talk about...

  • Work with your child to come up with appealing audio messages, pictures, or video clips to maximize attention and motivation.

  • Especially work with kids to determine choice board screens where they can help select the possible rewards for completed activities.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$9.99-$14.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 24, 2013
Category:Education
Size:59.60 MB
Publisher:Good Karma Applications, Inc
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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