Timers for ADHD Children

ADDitude readers -- and their attention deficit children -- put three timers to the test.

Time Timer

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Time Timer 8-inch timer, timetimer.com

Reviewer: Steve, dad of Matt, 10

The Challenge: Matt gets stressed when he does homework. He works himself into a fit, worrying about whether he has time to finish everything. He needs a timer that will clearly let him know how much time he has left for an assignment.

The Solution: The Time Timer looks like an oven timer, but with a difference. As you set the timer -- for up to an hour -- a red disc covers the face of the clock for the desired time interval. As time passes, the red disc diminishes, allowing a child to see how much time he has left. Matt and I estimated how long each assignment would take. He set the timer for each task, then raced the clock to finish. The good news is that he often overestimated the time allotment, so he could take breaks. The Time Timer focused Matt’s attention on the task at hand, so he didn’t worry about the big picture.

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