Inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are three key signs that help diagnosticians determine if a child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Within these categories, a student must have six or more symptoms over a six-month period.
The apps below are recommended as tools to assist caretakers and teachers in helping students with ADHD be more successful in class, as well as at home.
iearnedthat-lite (opens in new tab) (Free/ Full Version $1.99) Helps children develop desirable behaviors by working towards tangible goals. Choose a behavior for the child. Do not interrupt for 15 minutes during a 45-minute class period. Student then takes a picture of what he or she wants, such as computer time. The picture is broken down into puzzle pieces. Each time the student is successful, he or she adds another piece. Upon completion of the puzzle student receives an award. The app is good for all ages.
ireward (opens in new tab) $4.99 A motivational tool for iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Create a star chart or token board to help reinforce positive behaviors using visual rewards. This type of praise or approval will help parents of typically developing children, children with autism, developmental delays, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.
Homeroutines (opens in new tab) $3.99 This app can be customized for any age. Create routine checklists, then complete them on chosen days of the week, with reminder notifications, and a gold star for each completed task. Checklists can automatically reset.
Alarmed-reminder timers (opens in new tab) Free Pop up reminder alerts. Includes 80 custom sounds, Nag me for auto repeating. Great for students to help remind them when they need to bring something to school.
ADHD organizer (opens in new tab) $1.99 Lets users set goals and record their success. Includes a memory bank section for thing frequently forgotten.
Audio-notes recorder (opens in new tab) $2.99 Record notes and export by email. Great for students who need to remember something without having to write it down.
Event Countdown (opens in new tab) $1.99 This is great for students who need to keep track of assignments. App shows remaining days, hours and minutes until the date.
Audionote recorder-notepad (opens in new tab) $4.99 Combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder.
Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.