ADDitude Magazine

Reviewer: Nancy, mom of Jason, 14 

The Challenge: My son’s teachers have told me that he“spaces out” in class, and I’m worried that he will fall behind. Cell phones are prohibited in class, and a beeping alarm would be disruptive to everyone. 

The Solution: The WatchMinder3 looks like a sports watch, so Jason didn’t mind wearing it to school. You can set a silent, vibrating alarm--he programmed it to go off every 20 minutes during class--as well as pre-programmed messages. He chose PYATTN (“pay attention”). The vibrating alarm nudges him out of his daydreams--at least for a few minutes. There’s also a mode for 30 daily reminders, and we set one for taking medication. The watch is rechargeable and you can create your own personal messages.

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E-Special Needs Customer

This watch has been well worth the effort in our situation. My autistic son likes the reminders and the security of it. I think it may help him feel the time pass when he gets off in his own little zone. The vibration does not disturb other kids around him in school. You can only hear it vibrate if it is on a desk or in the box. On his wrist, he feels it, but no one else notices it. It does go through batteries awfully fast. We have it on vibrate mode and that may be why, but it's worth the money to replace the battery.

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Peace Creek on The Prairie (Jul'11)

Do you have a child who struggles staying on task?

Do they get “lost”?

What about you?

WatchMinder ($69) may be a little gadget that will help.  It is a watch that you are able to set to alert or remind you or your child to the tasks ahead of them or that they should be doing.  My son loves this watch, in fact, I struggle to get it off long enough to be able to charge it each week.  Watchminder 3 will help keep your child or yourself on track.  My son’s favorite reminder I have set are the couple of reminders I set for him to come tell me.

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Norfolk County Special Needs Examiner (May'11)

The Watchminder3 Vibrating Alarm Reminder was invented by a child psychologist for many different purposes; one of its beneficial uses provides assistance for ADHD/ADD child/children, a wonderful tool for behavior training and organizational assistance.

Reviewed by an ADHD child recently over the past month in Massachusetts, utilized at school and home environment, has proved to help him stay on task, realizing when he needs to "pay attention", as it vibrates on his wrist when he needs it most. The watch is programmed (by a parent or guardian) for training and reminder intervals; a wonderful asset to implement into their school routine. "He remembers when to pass in his homework now and bring home his backpack (without forgetting his lunch-box!) and most of all to pay attention!". His mother said.

His parents are very happy with the results of the Watchminder3, as they have also viewed increased awareness at home as well. Their son recently has been using it for remembering to brush his teeth, or to read a story before bed, as well as to remember when to "go to bed." "It is beneficial in so many ways", his parents noted.

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