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The Time Timer: What Most Speech Therapists, Educators, and Parents Should Own
“We’re leaving the house in 5 minutes.”
“Bedtime is in 15 minutes!”
“You have ten minutes to answer these questions.”
To many children, these statements mean nothing.
What does 10 minutes look like? What does it feel like?
Time can be such an arbitrary, abstract concept, especially for those who struggle to manage time or have not yet developed a reliable internal clock.
If it is painful to get your child, student, or client to efficiently complete a task or transition to another activity, I highly recommend using a Time Timer.
What is a Time Timer?
A Time Timer is visual clock that shows the passage of time. A red disk gradually disappears as time elapses. This allows the individual to see how much time is left or how much time is needed to complete a task.
Why Use a Time Timer:
This visual tool can help individuals manage time, initiate and complete tasks, get things done, and transition between activities because they can SEE the time ticking away.
As a parent, this has been tremendously helpful in getting my daughter to quickly take action and complete a task. Also, it saves me from constantly repeating myself (“Kerri, please put away your toys.”) by giving her a visual cue to move faster and stay on task.
*I own the large, 12 inch version but there are several sizes available depending on your preference:
Time Timer Audible Countdown Timer – 12 inch – Black
Have you ever used a Time Timer? If so, please share your experience in the comment section.
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