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Activity Timer - $.99 (iPad Only)
This Activity Timer is different from most timers because it allows you to add an activity image from your photo library. Why would this be important? Let's say you need your child to finish their homework before going swimming. You can have a picture of them swimming set on the timer and watch the colorful semi-circle tick down based on the time you set, giving a visual representation of time elapsing. If a child can not read numbers they can just watch the semi circle wind down.
If your child is easily distracted you may want to place the time in another room so they can not stare at the timer. If a child can handle the timer in the room without being too distracted by it, it can be a great way for them to see how much time they have left to get their work done or get their chores done. In the classroom the teacher may put a picture of a variety of rewards--books, computer time, playing with the class pet, etc.--which means the children can have access to this reward if they get their work done.
It can also teach students what time means. When the teacher states we will have "lunch in 5 minutes" she can put a picture of lunch and set the timer. This action can help to teach children the meaning of time.
able to follow simple directions
able to visually differentiate differences between pictures
executive functioning skills
increase independence inferencing
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