Visual Schedule App Gives Kids Choices: Visual Routine

App: Visual Routinevisual schedule app

Developer: Pufferfish Software

Platform: iPad/iPhone

Price: $3.99  Download Visual Routine App for iPad

Category: Visual Schedule Apps


Visual Routine: A Simple Interface For Creating Schedules


visual routine app by Pufferfish


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 schedule app


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!


visual routine add picture


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!

Completing Routines


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.


do routine visual schedule


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?


Download Visual Routine on the App Store



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8 Responses to Visual Schedule App Gives Kids Choices: Visual Routine

  1. Cyndy on March 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    The first app used on my app this morning was “Endless ABC”. I heard the music and discovered my daughter was playing it. She loves that app!

  2. Steve Boeve on March 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I am looking for a schedule app for my special needs daughter. She is getting pretty good at using her Ipad and think this would be a good tool for her.

  3. Lori on March 24, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    GREAT blog with excellent reviews and information. THANKS!

  4. Addi on March 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

    First app used this morning was gmail! :)

  5. Samantha on March 30, 2013 at 8:12 am


  6. cyndy on March 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    would love to have this app
    still starting the day with “endless abc”!

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