Smart Watch for Executive Support?

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January 31, 2018

Smart Watch for Executive Support?

If your house is anything like ours; the list of things to do is endless, the race to next extracurricular activity is real, and the permission slip is lost, crumpled, and has some food-like substance on it. Some days, making sure kids have gym shoes, instruments, homework, taken their vitamins, etc. seems insurmountable.

The following are smart technology solutions that our family has tried.

Apple Watch?

The Apple watch offers an endless assortment of apps that it pairs well with to support executive functioning. If you avoid adding games, it can be less distracting than using your phone or tablet as your organization system. It is the only one to offer accessibility features for the visually impaired.

Pros

  • Series 2 waterproof
  • fragile
  • Added visual accessibility features

Cons

  • nighty charging
  • Hefty price tag, starting $200
  • Requires iPhone

Fitbit Alta or Fitbit Charge2?

The Fitbit works with a variety of devices including Android, Windows, and iOS devices not just phones. The Fitbit Alta is very slim. The Charge2 offers a deep breathing activity. The fitness challenges platform is very motivating.

Pros

  • Charge every 3-5 days
  • Receives text and calendar notifications
  • Works with iPod, iPad
  • sturdy

Cons

  • Only water resistant
  • Only text, calendar, and phone call notifications

 

Garmin VivoFit Junior 2?

The VivoFit Junior has a small screen and offers some neat features. It works best when used with the free companion app on a parent cell phone or tablet. Parents can manage multiple children through the app. The VivoFit does not have to be in contact with that device to work. It allows you to set up chore lists for which your child earns coins that they can turn in for rewards of your choosing. There are task timers for items such as brushing teeth. The year long battery life means your child never needs to take it off. Alerts use icons so it works well for young children and those who need support with literacy. The bands run very small.

Pros

  • waterproof
  • 1 year battery life
  • Task timer
  • syncs with compatible Apple®, Android™ and Amazon Fire devices
  • Visual icons with alerts
  • Token system

Cons

  • small screen
  • band runs small

 

What have you tried?

Our family has decided that the Fitbit Alta and Charge2 are the best fit for us. What has your family tried?

About The Author

Jennifer Stylianos

Jennifer Stylianos, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP

Jennifer is a licensed Occupational Therapist and Adjunct Faculty at the University of New Hampshire. She obtained her B.S. with a double major and honors in Psychology and Health Sciences from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Ms. Stylianos completed graduate school at Tufts University in Medford, MA where she obtained her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Ms. Stylianos has been working exclusively in the field of assistive technology for almost a decade. Her passion is blending technology with real tasks to create solutions that work now and help to build the student’s lagging skills. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of subjects including emergent writing, executive functioning supports and switch access.

She lives in NH with her husband and four children, a spoiled dog and two cats.

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