My Video Schedule

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Scheduling/reward app uses visual cues to create structure.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn structure, time management, and motivation by using My Video Schedule. The scheduled activities and corresponding videos help kids learn to make smooth transitions throughout the day. Rewards help build motivation, as well as increase independence at home or in the community. My Video Schedule can be a useful tool in providing kids with structure while modeling daily routines and positive decision-making skills.

Ease of Play

Very easy for an adult to set up the schedules in Admin mode. Once scheduled items are established, operating in User mode is as easy as tapping an arrow button to move between items and tapping "play" to watch videos.

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Sexy Stuff

While not sexual in nature, some images under the self-care and grooming section depict adults sitting on a toilet partially clothed and people in various stages of getting dressed or undressed.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Video Schedule is a scheduling app made especially for kids and adults with special needs, such as autism. The app includes photo and video modeling as well as rewards for scheduled activities and behaviors. The library of photos and videos includes items such as brushing teeth, eating breakfast, getting on a school bus, going to the grocery store, and more. Parents or teachers can also add their own videos. For kids who respond well to visual cues and rewards, My Video Schedule could be an invaluable tool to help reinforce structure and necessary tasks in their daily life.

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What's it about?

First set up scheduled tasks and events in Admin mode. Go to the desired date, tap the "+" tab, and enter a title. Next select one of the 100+ videos most closely related to the activity or event, choose a reward (such as animal crackers, DVD, happy face icon), and the time it starts and finishes, as well as whether it repeats on any date. In User mode, simply click Finish on the activity or task when finished, and the app moves the user to the reward page to show the reward. A good modeling, scheduling, and reward app.

Is it any good?

MY VIDEO SCHEDULE is a good way to help kids who need visual cues as reminders. There's a wide array of tasks and activities here, from getting dressed to going to class, cleaning the house or going shopping. The more than 100 videos cover a lot of material, but if you don't find a video that fits the activity or task you're entering into the schedule, you can create your own. The one downside of so many videos on My Video Schedule is that, even though they are categorized, it can take quite a while to scroll through so many before you find the right one. In future versions, it would be nice to see a keyword search feature for faster scheduling. That said, as it is now this app could be a very useful tool to provide modeling, structure, and rewards to kids who respond well to visual cues.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • If you don't see a video that corresponds with a task or event that you want to schedule for your kid, you can make your own.

  • When choosing a reward to accompany a scheduled task or event, make sure you have the reward available to avoid disappointment.

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