I ORIGINALLY STUMBLED ACROSS THIS DEVICE FROM AN AD I SAW POSTED ON FACEBOOK IN AN AUTISM GROUP I BELONG TO. I WOULD HAVE TO SAY IT WAS AROUND 2018-2019. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD SEEN AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE CATERED TO YOUTH WITH AN AUTISM/ADHD DIAGNOSIS. I HAD SEEN AND HEARD OF OTHER DEVICES USED IN HOME FOR CHILDREN WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE AUTISM WHO WERE NON-VERBAL BUT NOT FOR THOSE HIGHER ON THE SPECTRUM. I WAS INTERESTED AND PURCHASED THE DEVICE. THE GOALLY DEVICE WAS NOT EXPENSIVE AND ARRIVED RATHER QUICKLY. I DID LIKE THAT THE DEVICE WAS SETUP WITH ONLY ELEMENTS RELATED TO CAMRYNS BEHAVIORS AND GOALS/TASKS FOR CAMRYN TO ENGAGE IN. NOT HAVING THE DISTRACTIONS SUCH AS NON EDUCATIONAL GAMES, INTERNET BROWSER, APP STORE, MUSIC, ETC WERE BENEFICIAL AND PUTTING THE DEVICE TO USE AS INTENDED. WE USED IT FOR A FEW WEEKS, MOSTLY FOR HER MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES AS WELL AS THE TIMER FEATURE WHILE COMPLETING TASKS. IN MY OPINION I THOUGHT IT KEPT HER FOCUSED AND MOTIVATED TO COMPLETE THE TASK. THE DEVICE ALSO HAS A POINT/REWARD SYSTEM ON IT WHERE CAMRYN COULD EARN POINTS FOR TASKS COMPLETED AND GOOD BEHAVIOR. THIS WAS ALSO INTERESTING AND SOMETHING WE NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT INTO OUR ROUTINE.

WEEKS LATER, IT BECAME LOST IN HER CLUTTER OF THINGS. THE DEVICE STAYED WITHOUT A CHARGE AND HONESTLY I BELIEVE CAMRYN THREW IT AWAY IN ONE OF OUR “DEEP CLEAN YOUR ROOM MOMENTS”. THAT WAS THE END OF OUR FIRST “GOALLY” EXPERIENCE. A FEW MONTHS AGO, I WAS INTERESTED IN REVISITING GOALLY AND THE USE OF THE DEVICE. I FELT THAT IT COULD BE A GOOD TOOL NOW THAT CAMRYN IS OLDER, MORE MATURE AND RECEIVING ABA THERAPY IN HOME. IT TOOK ME WEEKS TO REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE PRODUCT AND COMPANY, AND EVENTUALLY I FOUND AN OLD EMAIL WITH COMMUNICATION FROM A GOALLY REPRESENTATIVE AND QUICKLY REORDERED ANOTHER GOALLY. IT WAS UNDER 30.00 AND THIS TIME THE APP CAME WITH A DIFFERENT COLORED CASE. IT ALSO HAS AN APP FOR PARENTS, OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS AND ABA THERAPISTS, DOCTORS, ETC. I THOUGHT THE UPDATES WERE NICE AND MUCH NEEDED. I DID NOT SEE MUCH DIFFERENCE IN THE DEVICE. I AM WANTING TO CONTINUE USING THE GOALLY APP, BUT NOT 100% PERCENT SURE IF THIS IS THE RIGHT DEVICE/APPLICATION FOR CAMRYN AND I. BELOW I WILL LIST MY PROS/CONS OF THE DEVICE.

PROS

  • DEVICE COST IS UNDER 30.00
  • IS A DEVICE THAT TRULY IS CATERED TO YOUTH WITH AUTISM/ADHD.
  • DEVICE COMES WITH PARENT APP THAT ALLOWS YOU TO TRACK PROGRESS, IMPLEMENT AND CHANGE GOALS/REWARDS.
  • BACKED BY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS
  • WIFI CAPABILITIES

CONS

  • CHEAPLY BUILT AND DEVICE FEELS EASILY BREAKABLE
  • DEVICE FUNCTIONALITY IS POOR
  • MONTHLY COST OF PARENTAL APP
  • SCREEN SIZE IS FARILY SMALL
  • DEVICE RUNS SLOW BETWEEN SCREENS AND ICONS/BUTTONS
  • DOES NOT ALWAYS UPDATE GOALS/TASKS PROPERLY AND IN A TIMELY MANNER.

OVERALL, I THINK THE DEVICE IS DEFINITELY WORTH TRYING IF YOU ARE NEEDING MORE STRUCTURE IN YOUR CHILDS ROUTINE, ESTABLISHING CHORES, WORKING ON BEHAVIORAL ISSUES AND USING REWARD SYSTEM, OR JUST TO INCORPORATE IT INTO YOUR DAILY SCHEDULE. FOR CAMRYN AND I WE PERSONALLY FEEL SHE NEEDS SOMETHING THAT IS BIGGER, EASIER TO NAVIGATE AND HANDLE, AND MORE EFFECTIVE. I THINK SHE NEEDS SOMETHING THAT WILL KEEP UP WITH HER TECH SKILLS AND SHE CAN EASILY AND MORE EFFECTIVELY GO FROM SCREEN TO SCREEN, TASK TO TASK AND COMPLETE NEEDED ITEMS OR REVIEW GOALS/POINTS. WE ARE HAPPY THIS IS AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE AUTISM.

-CANDICE

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