Everyday Grooves App – Musical Prompts for Routines and Schedules

Everyday Grooves app for iPhone and iPad is a free app from the Fred Rogers Center at St Vincent College. The app provides musical prompts that help to establish routines and structure in the everyday lives of parents and young children for daily events such as reading, brushing teeth, and getting dressed.

Using Everyday Grooves is simple – the app helps users set up musical prompts throughout the day to help children transition to new activities. When the music starts, turn the volume up so your child can hear and sing along. Or, just play the songs when it is convenient for you!

Each piece is an original song in the style of popular music on the radio, and lyrically walks families through suggested steps for the routine. There are 12 routines with a different song for each self care activity:
Wake Up!
Brush Your Teeth!
Get Dressed
Get Ready, Let’s Go
Let’s Read!
Love You!
Clean Up
Say Goodbye
I’m Thankful
Let’s Eat!
Bath Time!
Let’s Rest

The songs tempo are appropriate for the task such as the Let’s Rest (bed time prompt) providing a calm, sweet song. The songs appear to be professional quality. The app does not provide customization other than setting times or alarms to the 12 self-care activities.

A fellow OT works with a student, who after trialing many, many approaches, found his best receptive abilities were achieved by singing to him. Singing gained his attention, improved transitions and receptive language (sound familiar?- yes we have all had students we sang to in a therapy room!). I thought of her and the student immediately after working with this app which communicates in his best receptive mode! Teaching to their strengths is one of those things we preach, but sometimes we still can miss application! I am anxious to share Everyday Groove app with her to trial when school starts!

Although this app is not customizable other than scheduled alarm times, it provided me a model to think differently about creating social stories or visual communication using voice out put  – whether speaking or singing! Using story telling apps such as Tapikeo, Pictello, Story Buddy 2 with audio recording or visual scheduling apps such as First Then Visual Schedule with audio recording capabilities could provide the opportunity to sing a visual schedules or social stories –  as long as you can sing (wouldn’t this be a great high school vocal group project?)!

I really enjoyed this app, especially how it made me think about the student needs and skills. Focusing on student’s abilities not their disability is important and sometimes you just have to think out of the box to deliver that! Kudos to St. Vincent College for this free app

This will definitely be in my OT iTool Kit – I have a couple of students in mind to trial this apps with, then I may need to find someone who can sing!

Carol

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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5 Responses to Everyday Grooves App – Musical Prompts for Routines and Schedules

  1. I will definitely check this app out. Like your ideas to incorporate music using other apps and genius idea about using high school students.

    • Thank you again for your comment. It all seems so simple now, but I would not have thought about that without having seen this app (isn’t that sad?) – and you know how many student I have sung to? Sometimes it is just hard to think outside of the box!

      Thank you Margaret (I hope I am right?), i appreciate your comment!
      Carol

  2. Hello, my name is Michael Robb and I am the director of education and research at the Fred Rogers Center. I just wanted to say how pleased we are that you are enjoying our app, and express our thanks for sharing it with others. We are very happy that you are finding it useful in your work. Thank you for sharing your story.

  3. fredrogersctr says:

    Hello, my name is Michael Robb and I am the director of education and research at the Fred Rogers Center. I just wanted to say how pleased we are that you are enjoying our app, and express our thanks for sharing it with others. We are very happy that you are finding it useful in your work. Thank you for sharing your story!

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