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Visual and Audible Tool That Helps Answer the Question: “How Much Longer?”  Time Tracker, an Effective Tool

Visual timers benefit people who need help keeping track of activities, or help understanding a sense of time.  There are a lot of situations where a visual timer can help.

Time Tracker is a wonderful visual and audible timer that reinforce time management.  Bright light sections flash sequentially to give visual cues as to the amount of time remaining to complete a task.  The Time Tracker is divided into green, yellow and red-lighted sections, each representing a portion of time.  The yellow serves as a warning and the red light tells you that time is up.

Time Tracker

Time Tracker has 3 modes:

  • Clock – Regular digital clock displayed.
  • Manual – Program exactly how long you want each color section to stay lit.
  • Auto – Program the total amount of time you want and the Time Tracker will automatically divide the time into 80% green, 15% yellow and 5% red.

For added reinforcement, there are 6 different sound effects to play when a color section changes.  These sound effects can be used with one, two, or all three of the color sections.

These sound effects are:

  • “Begin!”
  • Bell
  • Siren
  • Ticking Clock
  • Buzzer
  • “Times Up!”

The Time Tracker has many uses and benefits including:

  • Staying on Task – Can see time passing and use individuals time better.
  • Transitioning – Moving from 1 activity to another to help anticipate and be ready for change.
  • Compliance – Tolerating necessary tasks that are less preferred.
  • Become Independent – Understand time concepts without having to tell the individual.
  • Time-Outs

Other features include:

  • Easy to program time from seconds to hours;
  • Volume control;
  • LCD display; and
  • Pause feature.

Both IPAT Centers have the Time Tracker to demonstrate and can be accessed through our equipment rental program. If you would like to see it in action, contact IPAT at 1-800-895-4728 or email us at ipatinfo.ndipat.org


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