Remote learning is a challenge that almost every kid across the United States is currently struggling with. Remote learning is tough for all kids but for children with ADHD Autism and other special needs, the task seems nearly impossible. Staying focused and engaged in class was difficult enough for many special needs students during typical, in-person classes. Trying to learn in front of a computer screen is not something that many neurodiverse children can accomplish by themselves. Parents can try and help but often are working remotely and can’t be there for their child all throughout the school day. Luckily there is a solution to alleviate this problem and make the monumental task of remote learning manageable for you and your child.
Goally is a virtual schedular that parents can use to break down tasks into manageable, simplified steps. Typically Goally is used to build household daily routines and help kids develop independence. For children with Autism or ADHD “getting ready for bed” is often a too large and undefined task. Goally allows parents a way to break up this task in clearer steps making the task of “getting ready for bed” something that their child can complete independently with the help of their Goally. It is completely customizable to the needs of your child. For some families “getting ready for bed” is a simple four-step routine and for other families, with children that require more support, “getting ready for bed” is a highly broken down 15 step routine or even 4 completely separate routines completed in succession. In addition to laying out and breaking up, a routine Goally also includes a visual timer next to each step of a routine that counts down showing your child exactly how long they have left to complete their individual task. Timers are incredibly helpful tools for everybody regardless of age and condition however they are incredibly effective tools for children especially those who have special needs.
Goally not only helps in breaking down tasks but also uses rewards and other incentives to get your child excited to complete their routines. Goally creates its own token economy where your child is rewarded for completing their tasks and gets to cash in their points for rewards that you and your child can set together. Your kiddo can cash in their points immediately for smaller rewards or decide to save up for a bigger reward. Getting your child to stay on task is not the only benefit of Goally’s reward system. Another advantage of Goally’s reward system is that it helps eliminates the parent from the equation. No longer will you have to remind, nag, and yell at your kiddo to complete their tasks. With Goally your child gets to see a broken-down schedule and with Goally’s token economy kids start to complete their routines without prompting and any fighting.
While Goally wasn’t created to be an aid for remote learning, however, it seems to be a lifechanging device for kids all across the country during this crazy, unstructured time. Without a teacher in “the classroom,” your kiddo may find themselves confused as to what they’re doing, how much time they have left in their activities, and have extremely low levels of motivation to stay focused and on task. Goally can help with all of those aspects for neurotypical and diverse kids alike. Creating a broken down daily school routine will help your child get a better understanding as to what they have to do during the day. The timer on the device lets your child know how much time they have left, keeping your kiddo in the know and further defining each task by adding a time limit. Lastly Goally’s reward system and token economy will incentivize your child to follow their daily schedule and make remote learning much more effective. Overall Goally can be an absolutely fantastic tool for families during the age of COVID and virtual education. In our next blog post, we will get a bit more specific and give examples of what a crack-a-lacking school schedule looks like both for kids who require a ton of support, as well as those who just need a bit of prompting.
Editor's note: This information is not meant to diagnose or treat and should not take the place of personal consultation, as needed, with a qualified healthcare provider and/or BCBA.