Buying gifts for family and friends who have ADD/ADHD/EFD/ASD? Here are a few inexpensive organizing gifts that are both helpful and well-meaning.
Reminder Tools for Time-Related Events
Consider the Watchminder 3 from www.Watchminder.com
What is the WatchMinder?
According to their website, the WatchMinder “is a simple wristwatch that can easily be programmed to set up discreet vibrating reminders throughout one’s day.”
The reason I like the WatchMinder is that it will discreetly give you cues throughout your day. You can choose a pre-programmed message or create a personalized message.
Features of the WatchMinder:
- Real-Time, Calendar Clock & Date
- Vibration Alert with no audible alarm
- Training Mode – 1 message at set intervals throughout the day
- Reminder Mode – get up to 30 reminders per day
- Reminder mode alert with snooze, alert lasts 10 seconds, repeats in 20 seconds, push any button except light to stop
- Reminder Snooze Feature automatically repeats the first cycle in 2 minutes
- Create your own 12 Personalized Messages up to 8 characters
- Medication Compliance
What is a Time Timer?
Viewing a regular watch doesn’t help someone with ADD/ADHD/Executive Function Disorder/Autism Spectrum understand how much time is left to finish a task or to get out the door.
A Time Timer is an 8” inch square clock featuring a 60-minute visual face. The Time Timer uses a red-disk to highlight how much time one has left to complete a task/project or to prepare to leave the house on time.
Features of a Time Timer:
- Time Management is a 60-minute analog countdown clock to help you stay on task, assist with organization and concentration.
- The Time Timer’s visual design helps ease transitions and encourages independence and productivity for all abilities, including those with Autism, ADHD, or other special needs.
- It’s quiet to provide the silence and focus for school, homework, and other silent activities — perfect for special needs, children, parents, teachers, office staff/professionals, and students.
- There is an optional audible alert to signal when time is up that can be turned off for sound-sensitive environments.
GET UP! GET UP! GET UP ALREADY! Buy the Talking Alarm Clock
Why is a Talking Time Clock Helpful?
Getting out of bed is hard for many people, but even more so for people who have ADHD. Ignoring alarms is not an option. I recommend setting several alarms with different sounds. The Talking Clock will announce the actual time and the temperature and might be the last resort to get someone out of bed.
FEATURES OF THE TALKING ALARM CLOCK
- Electronic voice timekeeping function
- LCD Alarm clock
- Luminous countdown
- Perpetual calendar
- Display function of time, date, temperature, month
For a Creative Gift Consider the Mind Mapping Paperback by Kam Knight
Teaches mind mapping techniques that improve:
- Time Management
Here’s a Gift that Keeps Giving
In Other Words: Phrases for Growth Mindset: A Teacher’s Guide to Empowering Students through Effective Praise and Feedback by Annie Brock
What is Growth Mindset?
Growth mindset uses positive words to empower people through purposeful praise and feedback. Here are key strategies, helpful tips, and go-to phrases to help students transition their thoughts, words, and actions into the growth-mindset zone. It is geared for Teachers and Parents to help their child(ren) overcome their defeatist attitude.
This book is a good read for young teens to learn how to rethink their situations by incorporating more positive phrases when speaking about themselves.
Designed for ease of use and packed with over a hundred specific examples, this book offers a “say this, not that” approach to communication that will help you model and cultivate a growth mindset in the classroom and at home.
We use these tools to help our clients
As a Professional Organizer that teaches organizing, life management, and focusing skills, we often introduce our clients to these powerful tools to help them function better so that they can each reach their personal best.
We love hearing your ideas about the types of gifts we and whether you have any other suggestions or would like us to speak about different topics related to the DD (Developmentally Disabled) community.
The word ‘Disability’ does not do our clients justice. So many of them are very talented and creative and have so much to offer. In today’s inclusive world, let our hearts open up and make an effort to include someone who may be different from you.
Remember that the best gift you can give is to be a friend!
May you have a calm, organized, relaxing Holiday Season!
At OrganizingU4Life, we work with you one-on-one to build customized daily and weekly schedules that fit your life and help you achieve your goals. Give us a call today 516-984-9365 to chat about how we can help you get organized for life.,