Teachers and therapists use the MotivAider themselves to stay tuned-in to a particular teaching or therapeutic objective or method.
"I have been working with children with autism using an applied behavior analysis approach for a few years now. I use the MotivAider whenever I want to implement behavioral procedures based on fixed or variable time intervals, such as differential reinforcement of other behavior or non-contingent reinforcement. I prefer the MotivAider to the classical timer because it is easy to carry around (I just attach it to my pants so that I can have it around whenever and wherever), the time intervals reset automatically after each vibration, I can set up both fixed and variable time intervals, and most importantly - the children cannot hear it."
— Mirela Cengher, Behavioral Consultant, Attentive Behavioral Care
Read a review of the MotivAider by Nichole ODonnell.ODonnell is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and Community Outreach Director for InKids, an organization that provides "educational and therapeutic instruction using the principles of applied behavior analysis for children with autism and related developmental delays."
Parents are often thrown off course by the powerful emotions and reflexive responses that are triggered by their child's behavior.
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doing something rightand to praise him lavishly for it.
See how the MotivAider was used to help two children with Autism reduce tantruming. This excerpt from the textbook Single Subject Research: Applications in Educational and Clinical Settings by Stephen Richards, Ronald Taylor and Rangasamy Ramasamy begins at the top of page 157. Read now
Excellent results have been achieved by having a child and helper use MotivAiders that have been synchronized to vibrate on the same schedule. For example, while one MotivAider vibrated every five minutes to remind a thumb-sucking kindergarten girl to keep her thumb out of her mouth, another MotivAider vibrated at precisely the same times to remind the girl's teacher to notice and reward the child's efforts with a warm smile.
Helpers who have experimented with the synchronized MotivAider technique report that something nearly magical happens when helper and child repeatedly focus their attention on the same behavioral change at the same time.
"My son Michael is in the fourth grade. He's always had a problem with distractibiity, so we decided to try the MotivAider. We saw a distinct improvement after several weeks. He showed an abrupt and dramatic improvement in his grades traceable to the time he began wearing the MotivAider. His teacher was quite impressed!"
"The MotivAider is the most innovative and functional tool I've ever seen... I use it to collect observation data, to train teachers to manage a classroom, and to prompt parents to attend to their children before they become disruptive. Our students use it for self-monitoring programs, too... No matter what the problem, the MotivAider solves it! Nothing else is as reliable! Nothing else is easier!"
— Trina Spencer,Ph.D., BCBA-D, Research Director, Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University