Apple watch hacks for ASD ADHD teen

Anonymous
17yo DS is asking for am apple watch because he thinks it will help him. He's high functioning ASD and has ADHD, anxiety and depression. He does drive. What settings are best? Which apps should we load it up with?
Anonymous
OP what did he think an Apple watch would help him with?
Anonymous
does he keep a calendar? I am adhd and find the vibrating wrist alarm for calendar notifications to be helpful.

I also like getting my driving directions with wrist vibration for turns - keeps me from spacing out while driving and missing an exit.

pomodoro timer, some kind of list/to do
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:OP what did he think an Apple watch would help him with?


He would ideally like to just use the Apple Watch instead of his phone. He's always losing his phone. And his laptop is too big to misplace so that's fine. Even if he has his phone with him, he simply forgets to check it and misses out on important texts and reminders.

He would like it to help him wake up in the morning and stay on task throughout the day.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:OP what did he think an Apple watch would help him with?


He would ideally like to just use the Apple Watch instead of his phone. He's always losing his phone. And his laptop is too big to misplace so that's fine. Even if he has his phone with him, he simply forgets to check it and misses out on important texts and reminders.

He would like it to help him wake up in the morning and stay on task throughout the day.


Well, for one thing, he can use the watch to help him keep track of his phone! My watch is set to alert me if I leave my phone or my AirPods behind, and I can use the FindMy app to have it ping when I lay them down somewhere weird in the house. You can also use the watch with any number of AirTags to keep track of other important items.

Some people find that the using an analog watch face helps with ADHD time blindness. Using the exercise functions to kind of gamify fitness can help if exercise sometimes feels overwhelming, and the Stand Reminders every hour can help nudge you out of a hyperfocus cycle (I have a bad habit of ignoring them, though, or I’ll just stand up at my computer while I finish this one thing….).

I think it’s important to have lots of tools in the toolbox, because it becomes really easy to ignore reminders and snooze the alerts if things get too routine. There are tons of suggestions if you google “ADHD Apple Watch,” so I’d suggest he start reading through some of those to see what hits for him. Put “ADHD watch” into the App Store search and scroll through the dozens of productivity apps to see what looks useful. Many will have him set things up on his phone first, so the watch part is more streamlined and less distracting.

At the very least, he can experiment with the built-in alarms and the Reminders function to create to-do lists with timed alerts. Find a pomodoro timer app to help with task initiation and productivity (breaking long tasks into manageable chunks with timed breaks). I will say it doesn’t make a great alarm clock because it’s far too easy to snooze it, and it’s only mildly annoying.
Anonymous
Oh, and there’s also a Mindfulness app built in, with reminders and short breathing exercises. You can also log your state of mind on it, which can be a helpful companion to therapy.
Anonymous
just watch out, some anti tech parents want to restrict smart watches in schools
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