FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD

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Excellent multisensory scheduling for all kids.

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Educational Value

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.

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).

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

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What 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.

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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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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