Apps for ADL Training

                           I Do Hygiene, Getting Dressed, Chores, Food Apps 

I Do apps       The Center for Educational Technology, dedicates it’s services to education for the 21st Century. Among their projects are special needs apps,  with  “I Do” apps focusing on step by step instruction for self care tasks. Their apps provide video modeling, an evidence based practice¹ for individuals with autism to assist with learning the sequences of self care tasks.

IDO hygiene iconIDo Hygiene app (free; 9.99 for all tasks) was their first self care app which included tasks of brushing teeth, shampooing hair, washing face, taking a shower and many more personal self care activities. Video modeling and a picture sequence is provided for each skill with the tools to create your own video or picture sequence for each task. Audio and text instruction is provided within the videos.

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The I DO series now provides I Do Getting Dressed, I Do Chores and I Do Cooking apps each regularly 8.99. Currently, the I Do Getting Dressed is 4.99 for a short period of time. Here are a few snap shots of the other I Do apps:

I Do Chores iconI Do Chores  (8.99 full version; iPad) contains folding blanket, clothes, vacuuming, washing dishes, straightening room.

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I Do getting dressed iconI Do Dressing (4.99; regularly 8.99 for full version; iPad) provides numerous dressing tasks: putting on socks and shoes, donning coat, dressing for boys and for girls, undressing, dressing for bed among others.

I Do getting dressed pic1 I Do getting dressed pic2I Do food iconI Do Food app (8.99; iPad) provides images and video on food preparation tasks including making a sandwich, chocolate milk and salad as well as related tasks. Washing hands, using a microwave, setting the table and eating with knife and fork are other food preparation instructions provided with image sequences or video modeling.

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The I Do self care apps provides both premade and customizable video modeling instruction for children. What is your favorite app for implementing video modeling at home or school?


¹Evidence Base for Video Modeling ( )

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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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1 Response to Apps for ADL Training

  1. Carol says:

    These look good. thx!

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