Developer: Pufferfish Software
Price: $3.99 Download Visual Routine App for iPad
Category: Visual Schedule Apps
Visual Routine: A Simple Interface For Creating Schedules
We’ve only seen a few awesome visual schedule apps here on Autism Plugged In. This isn’t because we haven’t looked around for them; it’s because there aren’t that many available in the app markets.
Get ready to take a peek at an innovative visual schedule app developed by a company with a cool name!
Visual Routine, which was created by the cleverly named Pufferfish Software group, is a wonderful program for creating and using visual schedules in order to help days run more smoothly and to make sure that kids are prepared and ready for what lies ahead.
Pufferfish is indeed a fun word to say. Pufferfish.
Create And Edit Routines Easily
The Visual Routine application is meant for parents and teachers who are looking to create their own customized visual schedules. Users can grab pictures from a stock photo library or their own camera roll. After choosing a photo, parents can add customized audio prompts – sure to please kids who like the familiar sound of mom or dad’s voice!
Now, the decision is yours … you can choose to create text only, picture only, or audio only choices. Can’t choose? Mix any of these features to create a visual routine that your child will respond to!
I know that I’ve mentioned this before in another API post, but teachers have always told me that fire drills are a challenge for their students. An app like Visual Routine can solve that problem very quickly!
Just take pictures of the relevant hallways and upload a sound of the fire alarm in order to prepare students for the drill!
Now I want to draw your attention to a feature that we haven’t seen in other visual scheduling applications, and that’s the ability to create “Choices.”
Put Variety Into Your Visual Schedule App With “Choices”
When you are adding an item to your schedule, say, “Put on a shirt,” you can use the Choices feature to create different options in the same slot.
How do you accomplish this? Just add another item to the same line, and voila!
For instance, in our shirt example, you could have two boxes next to each other as one task. One picture could be labeled “Blue Shirt” and display a picture of a blue shirt. The picture could be labeled “Green Shirt” and show a picture of a green shirt.
Now, when kids get to that task in their routine of getting dressed, they can choose whether they would like to wear a green shirt or a blue shirt simply by tapping!
The ability to create choices is really something that has endless applications, and I applaud Pufferfish for coming up with the idea! Great job!
Like most other visual schedule apps, kids can mark off items as they complete them. While working through their schedule, kids just need to tap the items in order to mark them as completed. Tapping the item will place a check mark in the box next to it.
Everybody Loves a Reward
Placing a check mark next to finished tasks will prompt Visual Routine to play a happy reward sound. So, make sure that kids are actually doing these tasks and not just tapping the pictures for the sake of the sound! (smile!)
Want to Get This App?
Would you like to win a promo code for Visual Routine? We have Three (3) codes to give away to a lucky API reader!
Please enter using the widget below. We will email the winner at the end of the contest. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. To claim the prize, winner must have a valid iTunes account. Good luck!