by Kindy Segovia, OTR
Assistive Technology Coordinator at Kent ISD, Grand Rapids, MI
As everyone navigates to remote learning and support, helping families provide structure and time-on-tasks may be helpful. Timers, especially visual timers, can be a wonderful tool to assist with structure throughout the day. Set the timer to indicate the amount of time left for a lesson, assignment or academic task. Or, set the timer to help structure free time, playtime or reward time. A few free supports for timers that can be used at home include:
- Kids Timer for Android
- Visual Task Timer for iOS has some additional settings for audio, early warning, count-up or count-down.
- VisTimer for iOS uses an animated shrinking pie chart to indicate elapsed time
- Happy Kids Timer –Morning and Evening Chores – for Android
- One Click Timer for Google Chrome is a great option for a Chromebook or computer within the Chrome browser
Finally, follow these directions on WikiHow to make a Homemade Sand Timer from Recycled Bottles.