Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life – #2

Avi Glick, Director of Preparing Adolescents and Adults for Life (PAAL), presented information about his program at the 2012 Closing the Gap Conference in Minnesota last week. Attending his presentation, I learned about many apps that support students in secondary school and vocational training. My first post of apps included those for communication and visual communication. This second post shares functional life skill apps used with the ASD students enrolled in his program.

The functional life skills focused on include self management and time management and   apps used at the PAAL program with secondary students and vocational training. Most interesting was how they integrated these apps to facilitate independence. Videos showing use of the apps and programming at the PAAL program are found here: . Here are the apps shared:

Self-Management apps:

iReward – (4.99) iPhone/iPad compatible. App provides a visual reward system by task to keep individuals motivated toward task or chore completion. Provides a star reward or token board to reward positive behaviors.  Supports multiple users with customization available.

iReward Chart app is available for Android.

i Earn it Stars (.99) iPhone/iPad provides structure for earning stars toward and established reward.

Time Management:

Time Timer (2.99) iPhone/iPad compatible. This is a familiar visual timer that counts down time on your iDevice. It can work in the background while using other apps and can provide auditory feedback as desired.

Time’s Up (.99) iPhone/iPad compatible. Set multiple timers for different tasks each with a unique finished alarm.

Time Calc – (1.99) iPhone/iPad compatible. This is a time calculator that performs conversions and calculations of time.

Great apps to support independence. What other apps are you familiar with that support secondary and post high student’s functional and vocational independence?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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