DayCape - Daily visual planning

Category: Special Education

Ages: 0-3 3-5 5-7 7-11 11-14
Price: Android - Free iPhone/iPad - Free
DayCape-Daily Visual Planning is a wonderful scheduling application especially made for children on the Autistic Spectrum.
 

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Teacher Review

Many children with Autism have difficulty with changes in routine which can in turn lead to anxiety and frustration. Being able to prepare children in advance for upcoming changes in routine quickly is important for both parents and teachers. DayCape gives you the power to do this in a really efficient and collaborative way. When reviewing this app for the first time, I quickly noticed how user friendly it was. A user account is needed to enable you to set up profiles but this is a very simple process, which allows you to add schedules or activities remotely through the apps website, an excellent feature for both teachers and parents. I was really impressed by the speed in which you could do this, no sooner had I finished creating a schedule on the website, I checked the app and there it was. This feature is particularly useful for children in special education provision who often have many professionals working with them, allowing various professionals to add schedules is a fantastic way of keeping everyone in the loop, parents included. If you are scheduling for multiple users, you can set up multiple schedules for them. All schedules can be easily accessed from one account.
 
We trialled DayCape with four children with Autism at our school and the feedback was extremely positive by all. The Children really responded well whilst using the app and teachers and parents loved how simple it was to create activities. We also had a parent adding an evening schedule while their son was at school as his usual routine had changed.  
 
DayCape has preloaded images that you can use but you can also personalise the app by using your own images from your gallery. In addition to creating day timetables, you can create weekly planners or longer term schedules. A voice synthesiser feature also enhances the whole experience allowing you to reinforce visual with audio. 
Once you have created your account on the website, you can quickly start adding activities. The activity schedule quickly appears on the app and is presented on a visually pleasant, distraction free interface.  A visual timer is also present to help prepare the young person for a task/lesson coming to an end. This can also be turned off in settings if you need to do so. The visual also changes colour the closer it gets to the end of a task. 
 
The app is free initially on a 30 day trial followed by subscription options at very reasonable prices considering what the app can do. Suggestions for improvement are minimal; having a search option within the preloaded images section could be beneficial but this is a very minor suggestion.  
The developers have done a wonderful job in creating DayCape. They really seem to understand what works for children and young people with autism. Additionally, they have also recognised what is important and what works for parents and staff working with children on the spectrum. We have trialled and forgotten many visual planning apps at our school but DayCape definitely takes first place. Well done guys! 

From the Developer

DayCape is a app to help children with visual structure. It very simply displays with images and visual time what tasks needs to be done during the day. Also it enables a web tool for supporters to the child such as parents, teachers and mentor to plan and send tasks directly to the childs app. This can be used to plan the day for whole families or school classes.

This is an app especially created for supporting children with diagnoses such as autism and other diagnoses. But it’s also a great support for all children with their daily life. Also it’s great support even for adults with need of extra personal assist. It’s based on research, interviews and usertestings with families with autistic children, schools that provide special care and other support organizations for autistic children.

App features include:

- Choose of images from your own phone or the DayCape library.
- Notification reminders.
- Visual colored time tracking.
- Written messages for each activity.
- Webb planning tool for parents, teachers and mentors.
- Mobile adaptive web planning tool.
- Plan for multiple children management in the web tool.
- Manage multiple supporters in the web tool.
- Image uploading and choices from illustrations and pictograms.
- Secure connection for the child without unnecessary logouts.


We are a small team dedicated to create change for children in special need and are supported by the children right organization Reach for change. If you have suggestions on how we could improve our support feel free to contact us.

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