Many on the Autism Spectrum relate better to their surroundings through visual cues. That's why the abstract idea of “time” can be frustrating and confusing! It’s one thing to look at a clock and see that it’s 3 o’clock but totally different to be expected to know “how long” 30 minutes really is.
For anyone struggling with the concept of elapsed time, being able to “see” it move as the red disk disappears is incredibly empowering. Sensory overload, transition anxiety and difficulty communicating make it challenging for children and adults with ASD to learn. But they can, and they do—they just learn differently.
The Time Timer helps those with Autism “see” time pass. Even young children instinctively understand that when the red disk is gone, time is up!
Below are some ways that Time Timer can be used for those with Autism:
- Easing stressful transitions by showing "how much longer"
- Helping visitors and new caregivers stick to the family routine
- Increasing confidence and independence
- Encouraging natural talents like visual thinking
Time Timer empowers those with Autism by helping in the following ways:
- Eases stressful transitions by showing “how much longer” and “here’s what ‘5 more minutes’ really means.”
- Encourages confidence, independence and natural talents like visual thinking.
- Shows when challenging activities will end: “Let’s go shopping for 30 minutes.”
- Helps visitors and new caregivers stick to the family routine.