For parents and caregivers who are methodical about monitoring their autistic child’s conditions, AutismTrack can be a beneficial tool. The app creates a fairly detailed look at an autistic individual’s behaviors and conditions and tracks them by date in charts and graphs. The downside to AutismTrack is that it boasts a hefty price tag and updates are still needed.
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AutismTrack is designed for a specific purpose: to track the conditions of those with autism. The app is meant to be used by caregivers or parents with autistic children, and these users will be glad to know that AutismTrack’s development company can relate to them first hand. The family of a boy with autism founded the development company, HandHold Adaptive, so AutismTrack incorporates features HandHold knows users not only will want but also need when caring for their autistic children.
When you launch AutismTrack, the app prompts you to enter an email address and password. (This email address will come in handy later.) When the app first opens, you enter the name of the autistic individual(s) you want to track, along with their birth date and type of diagnosis (Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder and Rett’s Disorder, among others). The information you track thereafter will be tied to the date the initial entry was created.
For each person being monitored with AutismTrack, you can measure interventions and behaviors. Under Interventions, choose which medications and supplements you supplied, any diet changes you implemented and the therapies applied (social skills training and hyperbarics, for instance). If your choice isn’t in the app’s default list, you can add custom options by tapping the plus icon.
Within the Behaviors tab, you can monitor your autistic child’s attentiveness, echolalia, eye contact, hyperactivity and “self-stimming” behavior—all on a percent-based scale of least desirable to most desirable. As the blog Autism Epicenter has noted, however, these measurement scales need to be more refined. For instance, if your child showed no symptoms of stimming, you should be able to leave the “self-stimming behavior” scale alone. If you do this, though, the app counts your child’s stimming behavior as 0-percent, or “least desirable,” which isn’t accurate.
AutismTrack’s most useful feature is the Review tab, where all of your measured data comes together in a comprehensive format. You can review your log entry in chart form for a specific day, and you can even email the chart to yourself (this is where your email address comes in handy) in case you wanted to show the measurements to your doctor or keep for your records.
You can also view data by selecting Analyze Trends. Here, you get a clear view of your child’s behavior patterns over time in a color-coded line graph.
All of the information in your AutismTrack account is backed up by the HandHold Adaptive server. So in case you ever lose your phone or tablet, your data is still accessible. We’re not certain what privacy measures HandHold employs in housing its users’ information (the developer could be more explicit about its policies within the app), but we do like this back-up feature.
Overall, AutismTrack is a fine app for those looking to comprehensively monitor their autistic child’s conditions, but we find it hard to justify the app’s nearly 50 dollar price tag. Wouldn’t some Excel software or even a notebook suffice to track some of these trends? Nonetheless, those who are looking for a convenient graphs and charts in a hand-held, backed-up tracker tool should be satisfied with AutismTrack.
Reviewed: Apr 10, 2012 | Mary Georger
This app is included in a scenario called Apps for Autism