What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iDress for Weather is an easy-to-use, picture-based app that helps kids of all ages and abilities understand how to dress for the weather. The app was designed to support those with cognitive processing or memory dysfunction such as autism, developmental disabilities, brain injury, or dementia, but it can also be used by anyone to help choose attire based on current weather conditions. iDress for Weather has a simple and uncluttered interface. Best of all, the app can be customized for saved locations, personalized temperature settings, and photos, making it a fantastic assistive technology choice to help anyone dress for success.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
Health & Fitness
- preventing sickness
- body awareness
Engagement, Approach, Support
Simple app helps kids of any age and ability dress for the weather and gain independence. Uncluttered interface gives visual information to help kids set forth on their day. Can be customized with photos of their own clothes.
Teaches the essential life skill of noticing weather and knowing how to dress for it approprialy. Visual cues teach weather concepts that make sense to kids. Can be customized for locations, temperature settings, and photos of clothing.
While designed to support those with cognitive processing or memory dysfunction such as autism, developmental disabilities, brain injury, or dementia, this helpful tool teaches an important life skill to anyone.
What's it about?
IDRESS FOR WEATHER is picture based and has two screens. The first shows a picture of the time of day, current weather condition (sun, clouds, rain, etc.), and the current temperature in big, colorful numbers (colors correlate to interpretations of temperature; blue for cold, red for hot, etc.). Swipe screen to open a closet showing weather-appropriate clothing. Tap the "i" to customize locations, temperature units, and personalized temperature settings. Users can also add photos of personal clothing items from their camera roll or by using the in-app camera.
Is it any good?
iDress for Weather is an excellent and easy tool that helps kids understand weather and how to best prepare for it. Adults will want to do the initial set-up, but since the app relies on pictures rather than words, it's fully accessible to kids of any age, ability, or language.
The customizable features set this app apart from others. Everyone experiences temperature differently, so iDress for Weather allows color-coded settings for specific temperature ranges. A familiar jacket or scarf can be comforting to a child, so upload pictures of your kid's favorite clothes to help ease the angst of getting out the door. Kids can learn to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius intuitively, with the help of pictures, rather than grappling with a clumsy formula. iDress for Weather may seem simple at first, but this gem can let kids of any age and ability gain independence with essential information to help them set forth on their day.
Families can talk about...
Point out to your kids how weather has patterns and talk about how it changes during different parts of the day, of the season, and through the year.
Ask your kids to predict what tomorrow's weather will be like based on today. What clothes do they think they should wear to be comfortable outside?