vibrating watches for attentional difficulties

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CatMarwood Thu 16-May-13 09:12:26

I'm just wondering if anyone has tried their child with a vibrating watch or other similar devices for attentional difficulties?

I was originally considering something called MotivAider which can be set easily by the child to vibrate at a set time interval. The only problem is it needs to be either attached to a waist band or kept in the childs pocket. My daughter will certainly loose it. There seem be watches that do something similar, but I'm not sure in practise how effective the are.

Has anyone tried one and if so did it help the child?

Beautifulpossum Mon 25-Nov-13 22:39:44

CatMarwood- Hi, not sure what you have decided to do with eye exercises but I would really recommend Engaging Eyes. It is a fun target practice game and my DD really enjoyed it. She only had to do it for a few weeks and her results were amazing. My DS did another( more expensive) American Vision Therapy Programme. It took much longer and was not fun at all. He too made good gains but it was hard work.

aciddrops Tue 15-Oct-13 19:30:01

Catmarwood Did they let you do a free trial and did your DD like it?

CatMarwood Sun 16-Jun-13 20:17:08

I've looked at Engaging Eyes and discussed this with both Kids.

My DD says the exercises we are doing hurt the back of her head but she seems to think that is a good thing and currently is unwilling to try something else! I think this is part of her general anxiety about following rules and getting things right. We have a similar problem with music when all she wants to do is practise scales and studies!!

However, I still have to get my son formally tested for colour overlay and convergence problems and do think he would probably be better with Engaging Eyes! I will try emailing them explaining my daughters reluctance to try and see if they can do a brief free trial.

CalicoRoses Fri 14-Jun-13 12:12:46

You are doing 'Brock string' and 'pencil pushups'

Those exercises weren't effective for my kids.

Your DD will get bored of doing them and start to cheat and tell you what you want to hear so she can stop doing them.

You'll also never quite know whether you're doing them right or not.

Because Engaging Eyes is a computer program your DD can't cheat it, and the exercises are always being done right.

It was far more effective for my kids than the manual exercises you've been told to do.

CatMarwood Fri 14-Jun-13 09:57:04

CalicoRoses, I don't think our eye exercises are as sophisticated as yours! One involves a piece of string and three buttons placed at different intervals and the other two pencils, one that we start by moving backwards and forwards and then hold near with a second one further away. She then as to switch focus between them. I hope they are going to prove effective!!

CalicoRoses Thu 13-Jun-13 14:11:52

Great news!

What convergence exercises has she been doing?

IME the best help for convergence problems is playing Enagaging Eyes

CatMarwood Thu 13-Jun-13 12:08:48

Just to give an update!

The watch arrived last Friday. Unfortunately I had to pay a customs charge (according to the lady in the post office parcels are checked at random so this was just bad luck!)

The watch is larger that I had expected. My daughter is 10 and it is big on her on the smallest hole so may well be too large for a younger child. It has a rechargeable battery which needed charging for 6 hours. I then wore it for the first day having set it to vibrate every 10 mins just to see what it felt like! It can easily be set to vibrate at regular intervals from 1 min to every hour and does give a very strong vibration which is also slightly audible so not suitable for exams! You can also set it to give reminders for specific tasks at any time you wish in addition to the regular set intervals.

I found it very annoying to wear but my daughter loves it. She claims not to day dream so much as she is aware of the watch just being there. I haven't had any feedback from her teachers as yet - just their confirmation that it is not disruptive to lessons. I will ask them again in a couple of weeks and see if her attention has improved.

I will just add that we have also really upped her intake of omega oils, she is still taking the behaviour balance mineral supplement that CalicoRose recommended, doing exercises from "The Brain Food Plan" Tinsley House book and eye convergence exercises given to her by a specialist so it may be difficult to pinpoint which of these makes an improvement!

CatMarwood Sun 26-May-13 20:05:27

Hi piemashandliquer, Thanks for the suggestion. This isn't something we have explored and having looked it up if I'm understanding correctly I don't think it would apply to her. She has a fear of sudden loud noises, is very sensitive to taste and uses a colour overlay for reading (especially if the paper is very white).

piemashandliquer Sun 26-May-13 08:00:31

Catmarwood - have you ever had your DD's sensory profile assessed by an Occupational Therapist? It may be that she is low arousal and that a sensory diet could help raise her level for learning. Contact your local paediatric health OT Team (NHS not social services - they do not generally do this), or you could look privately that's an option for you.

Laura0806 Sat 25-May-13 23:22:11

Good luck with it, hope it helps

CatMarwood Fri 24-May-13 12:36:18

I have just ordered the watch and will let you know how we get on with it.

CatMarwood Tue 21-May-13 09:24:52

Just done a currency conversion to see how much the watchminder is in pounds with postage and it comes to £58.44

CoffeePleaseSir Tue 21-May-13 06:09:10

Interesting thread will be watching this smile

sitzonhandz Tue 21-May-13 05:39:01

watchminder.com/

Sorry, there you go.

sitzonhandz Tue 21-May-13 05:38:35

http://watchminder.com/

This one

We started looking at them for toilet reminders on the suggestion of the psych, but as he's 2e like lots of others on here (gifted and ADHD) he could do with a bit of bringing down to earth periodically.

Psych always recommends watches. Have never heard of this waistband this before, although it sounds freakishly like an enuresis alarm...

NynaevesSister Tue 21-May-13 05:24:58

Interesting we are working on this too.

oohaveabanana Mon 20-May-13 21:58:56

bookmarking as some of this may be relevant to my son too...

CatMarwood Mon 20-May-13 21:44:52

Just looked up the watchmind and can't find it. Do you have a link please mrz?

CatMarwood Mon 20-May-13 21:42:45

Thanks mrz I will look that up.

Laura0806, the idea of a vibrating watch or other device is that is vibrates at regular intervals to recall her attention to what she should be doing. Ideally sufficiently frequently!

I did find a device called MotivAider which is designed for this purpose, but it needs to be worn on a belt or kept in a pocket and I just know my daughter will loose something not attached to her (she doesn't have a belt with her school uniform!).

Your daughter does sound a lot like mine. Mine is now 10 and we have been trying to solve this since she was in reception. She is also thought be bright, (apparently IQ 138), but if you send her upstairs to clean her teeth she often forgets and tries to make up for it by washing her face or doing something else similar. She also sometimes forgets to put her socks on before her shoes! At school she continually daydreams and can't stop herself as she doesn't know she's doing it until told and then has no idea as to how long she has been daydreaming! We eventually got an educational psychologist to asses her and the has confirmed attentional difficulties!!! Your daughter may be too young to be diagnosed yet but probably worth doing as soon as possible as she will then get in writing the support she needs which will follow her up the school meaning the next teacher will have a clearer idea as to how to support her.

Laura0806 Mon 20-May-13 10:25:24

How does the vibrating watch work? My dd (5) no diagnosis but I strongly suspect has ADD, (not hyperactivity) struggles at school to stay on task even to follow a simple instruction. Its a shame as her teachers say shes a bright girl who gets concepts very quickly but then switches out. Im concerned that as she goes up the school this will have a greater and greater effect on her learning. At the moment, we give her supplements and the teachers ensure shes sat at the front of the class not by the windows or doors and they try to only give her one instruction at a time.

mrz Sun 19-May-13 20:24:54

The watchmind can be programmed to vibrate up to 70 times a day but they are expensive

jojane Sun 19-May-13 15:52:35

I don't think she would be able to so it really, we set it for specific times throughout the day to conincde with the school timetable to remind him Togo to the toilet, might have had a stop watch function but not sure , will dig it out later and see

CatMarwood Sun 19-May-13 15:34:04

Thanks for that jojane. I've just looked at the site for these watches. How easy are they to adjust the time between reminders? From talking to my daughters teachers something that vibrates initially every 5 or 10 mins that she can easily adjust for longer or shorter times seems to what is suggested. Mainly to keep recalling her from daydreaming!

jojane Sun 19-May-13 15:26:28

My son had a wobl watch which is made for smaller wrists, we used it to remind him to go to the toilet but could be used for anything really.

CatMarwood Sun 19-May-13 15:19:51

My order of Behaviour Balance arrived in the post yesterday. I'm hoping from the reviews to see some benefits for both of my children.

Dyspraxic son, who is very literal, reaction was "I wont forget my words now." and "I'm going to be really good at remembering things." Trying to point out that might help but wont do it for him doesn't seem to be going in so I hope he wont be too disappointed.

Dyslexic daughter with attentional and anxiety problems had a panic over the taste and having to swallowing it but will now take it in orange juice. My main hope is that it will help to relieve her anxiety. She has just finished 7 months worth of sessions with a child psychologist and is feeling very apprehensive.

Just wondered if anyone else has tried this with their children and how long they took it for?

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