Autism Tracker Pro App for Data Collecting

Need to collect data on your students or clients behaviors ? Tired of filling out forms and tallying the data?

Is there an app for that? (Of course…)

Touch Autism website  as well as their Autism Apps  app lists at least two dozen apps available for data collection in a wide range of costs and measures. Yet, finding a data collection app that is easy to use, customizable and fits your assessment needs can be tricky. Important features that support data collection may include:

  • Ability to enter one or multiple ratings in a day
  • Provide different scales or ratings suited to the skill or behavior being assessed
  • Allow anecdotal note taking
  • Easy entry of data
  • Ability to gather and enter data over different time periods
  • Summarize totals, averages, ranges of skills or behaviors over a select period of time
  • Allow the ability to transfer the data to other sources for sharing, compiling or archiving
  • Have a method of security to protect sensitive or private data

Autism Tracker Pro is one app chosen to perform data tracking for specific students behaviors due to the features provided to collect data as desire by the above list. Made by the developer of Track & Share, it is available in a Lite version for iPad and iPod touch and the Pro version ($9.99). It has taken some work to learn and to utilize but has provided a method of data gathering of behavioral information helpful in determining when interventions might be necessary or if they are working. Staff has been positive with using it given time and assistance with setting the app up for specific student needs.

Here are some of the features of Autism Tracker Pro app:

The main screen shows the menu tools of Categories, Graphing, Tracking, Sharing and More.

The app allows you to create your own categories (Mood) for a user and items within a category (Mood, Stress, Activity Level, Weather). The calendar (right) provides a quick access to daily tracking and entry of assessment data on each of the items listed.

The app also allows you to define your own objectives or items you want rated and you can also create your own pictures or icons use want used to help define the measures used. Although this is app is primarily set up for behaviors, I entered some skill goals used for assessment gathering of OT objectives and created my own rubric or assessment to gather the data. Anecdotal notes can be entered with each entry as needed.

Data entered over time can be displayed in a daily, weekly or monthly mode and can include categories or items. Graph information can be displayed in a variety of ways pending preference and data gathered. Daily data minimums, maximums, average or last can be displayed in the graphs.

The app also provides a method of sharing the data in an html or CSV (comma separated value) exported as a spreadsheet. Column, bar or line graphs can then be made in software such as Excel following email options of the data.

Other options are provided in the More menu such as the ability to customize the rating tools, password protect the app, purchase additional user capabilities (1 is provided in the Pro version, up to 3 for an in app purchase of $5., unlimited users for an additional $10.), help menus, clearing the data or editing category information on a user.

Autism Tracker Pro took some time to learn and customize for specific student data collecting. It has proven to be a valuable tool for data collection and believe that it can be used to collect information on skill development along with behavior. One of things that it does not do is provide duration information with a start and stop timer within the app, or provide the graph information over time through a day. There are ways however that time information or items could be entered within a category.

A specific use for this app could be for gathering self regulation, sensory processing levels. Are they high or low during the day? What would a student rate themselves? Tracking alert levels during the day by a para professional working with a specific student could also be performed electronically given a specific set up and numbers of rating times through the day.  Although this app does not provide suggested strategies or solutions within the app, it would provide the data to help to determine when interventions might be needed.

This app has been helpful with data collection given time to modify and adapting for specific student use.

Here is a link to a video from the University of Nebraska with a review of the app : http://mediahub.unl.edu/media/2816

Here is a handout created of directions for using Autism Tracker Pro: Autism Tracker Pro training handout if interested.

Are you interested in using Autism Tracker Pro? For those who have endured through the end of this post here is a free promo code from the developer (if you redeem this please just comment that you redeemed it- it will save a lot of frustration for others) :

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What do you use for data collecting? Share any suggested data collection apps or methods you might be using!

Thank you to Uwe Heiss, Founder of The Track & Share Movement.

Carol

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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7 Responses to Autism Tracker Pro App for Data Collecting

  1. Uwe Heiss says:

    Thank you Carol for this extensive review of our app Autism Tracker! We are working on an illustrated user guide with videos. We’ll release that over the next two weeks as an iBook for the iPad. As Carol mentioned, if you are a family or professional using one of our apps and want to share how you use it or have suggestions for improvements, please let us know.
    Thank you,
    Uwe Heiss

    • Uwe Heiss,
      I have Track and Share Lite, but have not used it like I am using Autism Tracker. Are there any significant differences?

      I appreciate the clarification.
      Carol

      • Uwe Heiss says:

        Hi Carol,
        Thanks for your question. Both apps have the same functionality and price. The main difference is that Autism Tracker is already set up to track things that matter for children with special needs. We worked with parents and teachers to come up with those preconfigured items and we look forward to teasing out together what to add next to Autism Tracker. The Track & Share app is set up for general use. I use the Track & Share app myself to figure out what works for me – habits, health, happiness, … At the end of the day, both apps can be configured the same way by our users. At that point it does not matter which app you started out with.
        Uwe

  2. Laura says:

    I am a special education teacher and have explored the light app of Autism Tracker for the last month. Great light app! However, when I updated my iPad to iOS 8.1.1 I lost all my data. At this time we are unable to download apps that are not free … is there an updated free promo code? Additionally, has the user guide with the videos been developed as mentioned in the above post? Videos would be a great learning tool for the paraprofessionals on our team. A suggestion for update … it would be efficient if we could set an item to always occur at a certain time, instead of it time stamping when entering data, and then having to scroll to the time of occurrence. For example, if I am entering data that occurred during math or ELA, those subjects almost always occur at the same time, however, I am almost always entering the data after the kids leave at the end of the day (from paper charts).
    Thanks! BEST app I have come across for being able to individualize behavior data to track, track/graph data, and then use data/charts in IEP documents!

    • Hi Laura,
      What a challenge when only free apps are allowed. You could attempt at emailing the developer if you can find his email (sometimes it just takes some digging – check Facebook pages) and ask for a free code. Some times it works. Rate the app and make the suggestion of the alarm would be a good direction to take for the timer.

      As for the collecting data, what if you create a separate topic for each of math and ELA so that the time stamp will be collected by topic?
      I agree that it is a good app for data collection and very customizable (with exception of a timer!).
      Carol

      • Uwe Heiss says:

        Hi Laura and Carol,
        I am the developer of the Autism Tracker app. The lite version only allows 12 entries per item. We offer that version to let our users try the app out. I would be happy to send you a promo code for the Pro version. Please contact me from the app or on our website.
        BTW, we just released a new version of AT Pro. It now features custom scales that allow you to give each level its own weight and to add levels. We also included a counter item (one tap for incrementing), zoomable graphs and a daily view that shows all entries in chronological order.
        We do not have a video for AT Pro, but we just wrote a user guide that takes you through several use cases explaining how to adapt the app. Can I send you a draft version of that guide for review?
        We have gotten many downloads of the new AT version, but we need our users to update their reviews on the App Store. That is very appreciated and important for us being able to keep updating the app.
        Thank you and all the best!
        Uwe

      • Uwe Heiss,
        Thank you much for your clarification! That is great news! I have just started using your Happiness app with a client. I liked the positive spin on the name of the app (similar to your Track and Share app) which does not have any stigma for the user.

        Carol

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