MY HONEST REVIEW WITH PROS/CONS USING GOALLY DEVICE FOR AUTISM/ADHD

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

…..AND JUST LIKE THAT 2020 COMES TO AN END.

WOW! Once again I myself revisiting the blog looking at the last post I wrote which was September 2019. This year has definitely given us some challenges and rewards. there were Many ups and downs, but all in all we are grateful for health, stability, and time. Time to sit still, time to laugh, cry, and be together. We are grateful to be home, in our home. Camryn has definitely enjoyed the 6 month summer vacation she had as well as being home. I know that she misses her friends and socialization from school. The majority of the year has been involved with COVID-19 and the changes it has brought to our normal routine. Camryn has been completing her schooling online since the COVID-19 outbreak and the closing of school. I have also been managing The Carrington House and working from home. Even though this year has been completely different than any other thus far we have still managed to just live life and enjoy the simple things.

WITH LOVE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

CANDICE & CAM

CELEBRATING HER 11th BIRTHDAY
CAMRYNS BIKE
VALENTINES DAY COOKING CLASS- WAS A SUCCESS!
BIRTHDAY GIRL

SUMMER/FALL 2019

Hello to all!  It has been a while since I last visited the blog.  I feel full of love, smiles, and memories as I revisited this blog I started a few years ago, with no specific intentions but more so a place where I could release.  A space where I could express my thoughts, emotions and feelings with Autism and how it has impacted me and my daughters life.  SO MUCH has happened since last fall.  For starters we bought our first home.  Our forever home :).  We moved to a different area in Virginia, Camryn changed schools during the end of last school year.

Camryn has started ABA therapy in home, which is going amazingly well.  I had reservations at first however it really has fit into our busy lives.  I have had a few different jobs lol and am working on starting my first couple of businesses.  I also am working on starting a non profit organizations for girls who have Autism.  I am so excited to share everything that has happened over the last few months.  I will have tons of pictures uploaded soon.  Stay tuned!

4TH GRADE = MAINSTREAM CLASSROOM

Wow!  Time sure does fly.  This school year has been busy as Camryn and I have had lots of transition.  The summer flew by however I am blessed that my job allowed us to enjoy the summer and do some cool things over the last few months.  Zoo, beach, rivers, lakes, nature trails, parks you name it.  4th grade means mainstream classroom, new faces, new teacher, more homework, changing schedules which have all challenged camryn.  However, when she has days where she doesn’t think she can I’m right behind her reminding her that she can do ANYTHING!

WITH LOVE,

CANDICE & CAMRYN

…..YOU ARE UNIQUE

As Camryn has gotten older I have noticed more and more she is starting to realize that she is different.  She will tell me at times that no one wants to play with her and I will notice that other kids sort of shy away from her because she is quirky.  Society has brainwashed individuals into thinking  that children should act and behave a certain way, that teenagers should act a certain way and it eventually leads to how you should portray yourself as an adult.  Camryn started 3rd grade a few weeks ago in a new school that she is still adjusting to.  On her first day she was not excited at all. 

I remember asking her if she was ready to go to class as we were walking in and she told me ” Ive gotta get out of here” and started to head back out the school doors lol.  This little girl has no filter and is not afraid to say what is on her mind.  Whether we are in Wal-Mart or the doctors office she says what is on her mind.  I used to get embarrassed and do my best to prevent her from blurting out random comments that would ultimately gain unwanted attention but I do not stop her now .  This is Camryn and what makes her special.  Anyone that is close to my daughter and I knows this to be true.  I still cannot believe she will be 9 years old in February.  Where the hell does the time go?!

……PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

There are days like today where I feel like even though I have set and accomplished goals for myself and my child I still feel an emptiness.  I’m not really sure if its because the world my daughter and I live in is quite different than the normal child/family or if its the overall stress of caring for a child who has needs and will more than likely always have those needs. 


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Candice Carrington
Candice Carrington

Mother to Camryn. Nurse. Artist. Daughter. Food Lover. Music Lover. Beach lover.