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Introducing the Updated Time Timer® Android App!

The classic Time Timer® Android App has been updated and improved! This digital version of the original visual timer is now compatible with Chromebooks, making it a natural fit for Google Education classrooms and many other uses!


Five Ways to Communicate with Individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum


April is Autism Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the people it affects. PBS Kids is getting involved by airing autism-related episodes of some of their most popular shows, including Arthur and Sesame Street, encouraging children to befriend peers who are on the autistic spectrum. Affiliates of the Autism Society will hold special community events and activities throughout the month.

Austism and the Time Timer: Tips by Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett

Autism Spectrum Quarterly is one of the best resources for families who love someone with Autism. By

Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett

 interviewing real people and sharing stories from all walks of life, editor Diane Twatchman-Cullen rallies the Autism community to nurture children on the Spectrum into confident adults. 

This quarter, AS Quarterly's TIPS section featured "Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Time Timer" by Jennifer Twatchtman-Bassett, M.S., CCC-SLP!

Jennifer writes: 

"While I have found Time Timers in many of the facilities where I practice, I also find missed opportunities for using them. So, this issue's TIPS column not only presents strategies for teaching kids how to use the Time Timer, but also some specific examples of situations where they are very helpful."

You can subscribe to to see Jennifer's full list. Here are our favorites!

1. Accentuate the positives! Always begin with small amounts of time on the Time Timer that lead to preferred events or activities (e.g. 5 more minutes and we'll be finished in the store; 5 minutes to break time).

2. Set the child up - for success! When you do begin to use the Time Timer for non-preferred activities, start with only small amounts of time. For example, if your child doesn't like to clean her room, set the Time Timer for 5 minutes and gradually lengthen to 15 or 20 minutes over time. 

3. Use the Time Timer as a substitute for indefinite words like in a little while

4. Use the Time Timer to reduce conflicts at home or in school by showing how much time each child has before he needs to relinquish the TV, computer, iPad, etc. 

5. Use it for so many other situations in which knowledge of the time involved can ease anxiety and help with transitions!

Thanks for a wonderful article, Jennifer! Visit and Facebook.