The success of many behavior and teaching interventions often depends on consistency. This may mean ensuring we are providing reinforcement on a specific timed schedule, providing frequent scheduled opportunities to practice specific skills (eg, toileting), or recording data after a set period of time. With all of the many responsibilities and tasks parents, teachers and caregivers have, it can be challenging to stick to these schedules. This can make teaching and behavior change take longer and become more frustrating for parents and children. The great news is that with advances in technology, there are some great tools that make this consistency easier. There are hundreds of great apps for smart phones and tablets now that make behavior change easier and inexpensive. One example that we love is the Motivaider and Motivaider Pro apps. These apps can be installed on smart phones and tablets for just a few dollars and provide vibration on a set schedule (from every few seconds to once an hour) to remind you to implement your behavior change strategies on time. For example, if you want to take your child to the bathroom every 30 minutes, simply set the Motivaider for this time, and the device will vibrate every 30 minutes to remind you it's time to go. No more worrying about missing the time because you're cooking dinner, on the phone or helping the kids with homework. There are different options for vibration patterns, and the Motivaider Pro extends this by also providing a sound option as well. If you don't want to buy this specific app or want a free option, check out a fitness timer app. These apps not only work great for timing your workouts, but also for providing reminders for behavior programs. For example, a fitness app may have a timer you can set that is designed to go off every few minutes reminding you to switch exercises. However, this same timer can be used to remind you that it's time to provide praise to your child if they aren't engaging in problem behavior. To review some of these apps, check out the links below. And, for more great ideas of how to use timer apps to help with behavior change, contact us anytime at www.helpwithbehavior.com or 314/369-4235.