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Parents of ADHD Children

The perfect timer

Here’s what I really need: A programmable timer that I can record my own voice to. It would say things like, “Time to get dressed.” Then, two and a half minutes later, it would say, “Get ready to brush your teeth.” Then, thirty seconds later, it would say, “Brush your teeth.” Etc. Maybe it could have some music in the background. Anyone know of a timer or app that does this?? It would save mine and my son’s sanity.


A simple way is to record a series of music pieces - one for each event. Have a bathroom/bubble sounding piece for brushing teeth (maybe “Octopus’s Garden by the Beatles?) Have an old fashioned marching song for getting dressed (Football cheer ?)  Anyways -  you get the idea.  Eventually you just play the music and you son should know what to do.

Good luck!

Posted by staypositive on Nov 13, 2013 at 6:27pm

One thing we found useful for brushing teeth, which is a chore, is to use the “2 minute” singing toothbrushes. They brush their teeth for the right amount of time, and it makes it more fun, because it is a song they know

Posted by lmneely on Nov 13, 2013 at 8:10pm

staypositive, that’s sort of brilliant!! 

My son has *such* a hard time getting up in the mornings… even just letting him pick a song to wake up to would be good I bet!

Posted by Rai0414 on Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51pm

Thanks staypositive, great idea. Thanks Imneely, we do have those toothbrushes - in fact we have already burned through several of them.

Posted by Frogmountain on Nov 14, 2013 at 5:47am

I don’t know how old your child is, but I have just discovered a free visual timer basic tasks app at the google play store called “Am I Late”.  I have been using it for my 8 yr old.  The person made it for his 5 yr. old daughter.  It has tasks just like you described. You can have it tick or be silent. It doesn’t have a way to leave a verbal message.  The beeper when a task ends isn’t very loud.  But it works wonderful for my son.  For the first time in his years he is completing getting ready for school without me constantly nagging him.  He actually wants to beat the timer.  That was unheard of before.  If he gets distracted because it is out of sight, all I have to do is put it in front of him and he gets going.  I have used it successfully with homework, doing jobs, getting ready for church and such.  I have to make sure he has a little more time than he needs for each task or he freaks.  He LOVES beating the timer.  As you can tell, I love this app.

Posted by KidzyLuv on Nov 17, 2013 at 7:50am

Thanks KidzyLuv!

Posted by Frogmountain on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:19am

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