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Best Visual Timers For Children With Special Needs

If you have a child with special needs you now how difficult transitions are. Children with special needs, especially children with autism have difficulty with moving from one activity or event to another.

An effective solution to help with transitions has been the use of visual timers. Visual timers help teach the concept of time to children with special needs. It also gives them an understanding that every activity is limited to a set amount of time.

So where can you find a visual timer for your child?

Right here. We have gathered together the best visual timers that can help your child with special needs.

Brili Routines – Visual Timer

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Brili is a fun visual timer that helps families with children stay on task and on time every day. This easy to set up app assists parents in getting their children through morning, midday learning, and afternoon routines, saving them on average 30 minutes in each routine.

Visual timers show time remaining for current activity. Parents and kids receive a notification / alarm for when routines are scheduled to start, on their respective devices. This app is highly recommended as a visual reminder of time and may benefit users diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, developmentally delayed, speech and/or language disorder, and/or any child.


This little app fulfils a neat little function that most parents will feel the need to take advantage of from time to time - a countdown timer to help keep young children on task and give a visual cue as to the task at hand. 

There is also a countdown display in minutes and seconds to help give context to slightly older children, and a limited number of options for changing the sound, pausing the timer or adding/taking away some of the remaining time.



Visual Countdown Timer

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Visual Countdown Timer is an app that provides a visual and auditory timer for children. The timer slowly reveals a picture and changes color as the time goes down, helping the child to see that time is running out. When the timer runs down, a picture and sound explode on the screen.

The timer can be changed within the settings. The app has pictures to choose from in the app. The free app has 16 pictures that change with each use. Your won pictures can be added as well. The background of the timer changes based on the time of day, including pictures of the dawn, afternoon and night. 



Time Timer

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

Time Timer is a productivity app that creates colorful visuals for time management. It can help students (or adults) focus on timed tasks, visualize the passage of time, or manage transitions, or help students wait. The customizable timers act as clear, colorful visuals to help students understand concepts of time. Tap the plus sign to create a new timer, and a default stopwatch-style timer appears that goes up to 60 minutes. With Time Timer, younger students can see time as a measurement without the numbers on a traditional clock.


Visual Timer is a minimalistic app with a clean design that lets you quickly start a timer. It features a large clock interface on the home page which you can interact with to set the duration. Once you release your finger, Visual Timer will automatically kick off the countdown.

The app has a bunch of other tools you might find handy, such as custom presets for sessions you regularly need, concurrent timers, audio options, a night mode, and more.