I Forgot to Remember…


I Forgot to Remember….

I had the opportunity to journey and present at the 2014 AT Across the Lifespan Conference, in Wisconsin Dells this past week. As an ATR staff member , I presented on the topic, “I Forgot to Remember…” ,  providing an basic overview of low to medium AT resources for memory and organization challenges. Although not inclusive (that could take hours!) my review and categorized list of low tech to high-tech organization AT tools targeted school aged to post-secondary students and adults. At ATR we get many different combination of challenges  with the clients we evaluate as an OT and ATP.

One method of identifying specific organization challenges with high school aged and older students I use is  the ” Organization Problems Inventory”  created by Judi Sweeney , from Onion Mountain Tech.com. The Organization Problems Inventory  identifies strengths and weaknesses using six organization categories. From an AT stand point, the categories help identify and quantify areas of academic organization strengths and challenges and help target specific areas of organizational need. AT solutions can then be identified in the area or areas of greatest need.

Certainly, this is only one of many tools for evaluation of organization or executive function of students or clients serviced (not limited to TBI, ASD, LD, stroke, pain, cognitive impairment or mental health challenges).  Other important evaluation components needed during the evaluation includes information about the clients environment, tasks and resources/supports (SETT Format*) related to the concerns being assessed.

One of the categories of the “Organization Problems Inventory is temporal organization or time management. Just a few of the medium temporal/ time management tools reviewed were:

Polder timer

  • Cadex Watch – 8 alarms (sound and or vibration) with long duration. Easy to set.

Cadex alarm watch

  • TimeTimer – Visual timer with handle, protective lens and volume control.

time timer plus

Rosie reminder clock pic

Here are a few high-tech apps to assist with time management with reminders:

  • Alarmed! app – free for iOS provides options of setting pre-set alarms with persistent reminders on iPhones, iPod Touch, iPad.

Alarmed! icon

  • Audio Reminder Pro – free for Android provides options of setting pre-set alarms with reminders.

Audio Reminder Pro Android icon

  • TimeTimer app – iOS; 2.99 – Visual timer for iOS and Android.

Another option is your iOS or Android mobile device or phone’s native clock app. Both the iOS clock on my iDevices and the clock in my Samsung Galaxy Tab S provide the ability to pre-set alarms, choose sounds and reocurring alarms by date/days, time and for a programmed number of days or forever! The clock can be set with one or  numerous reminders, a countdown timer or stop watch. A handy utility tool for therapy!

Certainly there are many more apps and tools reviewed during the “I Forgot to Remember” presentation, but too many to mention here.

I expect that other who use iOS or Android devices have their own favorite reminder or time management apps or tools. What do you use or recommend for your clients with time management challenges?

More for your OT mTool Kit!


Zabala, J., 2005. SETT Format. Retrieved on November 15, 2014 from: http://www.joyzabala.com/uploads/Zabala_SETT_Scaffold_Data_Gathering.pdf .O

Organization Problems Inventory (2006): n. pag. Onion Mountain Tech, 2006. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.


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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6 Responses to I Forgot to Remember…

  1. linda nelson says:

    This is so cool. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Alarmed is my FAVOURITE iOS app and probably the one I use the most! I have 6 daily alarms to remind me to take medications, all set in endless-one-minute-nag mode. I hate them but I get my medications taken (mostly) on time but training myself not to turn the alarm off until after they’re swallowed and it works!

    • Hi Ricky,
      I would agree. At the “I Forgot to Remember” presentation last week, I mentioned the apps that had a nag feature where among my favs to help me get things done.
      For some tasks a location reminder is an powerful reminder ( when I pull into the garage at home and I am reminded to make a call – it’s an, oh ya gotta do that moment!
      Thank you for your voice of experience!

  3. Antony says:

    I think “audio reminder pro” app work better for my routine 🙂

    • Antony,
      Thank you for your comment. I definitely thought it was a good app and ability to set reminders by day and also repeat them on a persistent basis. Sometimes I need that when I am busy with one task but need to also complete a second task!
      Don’t forget the clock apps that are on most tablets! The OEM, or stock clock apps on my iOS devices and also on my Samsung Galaxy Tab has great alarm or timers that have great repeat options (alarm) that can also be very helpful!
      Again, thank you for your response.

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