First-Then visual schedule application is designed for caregivers to provide
positive behavior support for those with communication needs. This application provides an affordable and convenient audio-visual prompting tool for use on the iPhone or iTouch. The portability of the iPhone and iTouch and ease of use of the application make it perfect for use at school, home or in the community.
This app. WILL work on the iPad providing you have the iOS 4.2 update.
Visual schedules provide positive behavior support through the use of
images that show daily events(i.e. morning routine or therapy schedule) or steps needed to complete a specific activity, (i.e. using the restroom).
For individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, spectrum disorders or those who benefit from a structured environment; visual schedules serve to increase independence and lower anxiety during transitions through different activities. Visual schedules help set a
child up to be successful with clear expectations by promoting understanding
of upcoming events.
First-Then application is unique in that it is completely customizable. User
can *record their own voice*, *add their own images* from their computer or
iPhone camera, or simply use images from the application’s stock library to create a schedule. This customization allows the application to be unique to the user and their needs. This also allows for schedules to be created “on-the-go” to help transition through unexpected changes in a routine.
We also designed First-Then app. to be user friendly through the use of simple menu screens that allow immediate access to previously saved schedules and quick editing. User can add as many images as they need to create the steps needed to complete a task. We also added the option of choosing different formats for use in each of the schedules. These features and format options can be changed at a moments notice depending upon the preference of the user:
*THREE DIFFERENT FORMATS:*
*FULL SCREEN*- In this format a larger image appears on the screen. User
accesses next image on schedule by simply swiping screen to the left.
*SPLIT** SCREEN*- This format shows two images side by side with an arrow
between images to guide the sequence of the activity. This is often a visual that is given to portray onditional statements, for example:” First bathroom, then computer”. This helps let the user know what is coming up next. Split screen can be read left to right with captions underneath each image, or top to bottom of screen with schedule scrolling down to see next image in the schedule.
*LIST SCREEN*- This screen allows images to be listed in a list format where four images are placed on schedule. This is great for a schedule for a child that is very familiar with a system of picture exchange or is not as easily distracted by upcoming activities.
*VOICE CAN BE RECORDED *and added to the images to help further reinforce schedule and to aid with receptive and expressive language acquisition. Please note, that if you have an iTouch that you will need to purchase a microphone to record sound.
*ADD YOUR OWN PHOTOS* by using the iPhone’s built in camera or download
images from your personal computer and save onto the “camera roll” album for
future use in other schedules.
Price at time of review $9.99