9 Apps to Help Teens With ADHD Manage Everyday Challenges

By The Understood Team
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Apps can be great tools for teens with ADHD. Even if an app isn’t specifically designed with ADHD in mind, it may still help your child manage everyday challenges. Check out these nine apps, then visit Tech Finder to find more options for your child.

Prices and availability may vary but were accurate at the time of publication, on June 21, 2018. Understood does not endorse or receive financial compensation for the sale of any of these products.

Homey Chores and Allowance

Giving chores to kids with ADHD can help boost their self-esteem and organization skills. But keeping track of household tasks and allowance can be tough for kids with attention issues. Homey Chores and Allowance can make the process easier. The app can set daily, weekly or monthly tasks for the whole family. It also syncs across multiple devices, so kids and parents can get on the same page. The app can also track earning goals and link family members’ bank accounts. So if your child has a bank account and gets an allowance, you can transfer money directly through the app.

Price: $4.99 per month Available for: iOS, Android

Rooster Money

Trouble with managing money is common in kids with ADHD. Rooster Money can help teach them about finances. The app allows parents and kids to track and monitor pocket money and allowance through a practice bank account. You can set up regular allowance payments and check to see how much money your child has. When you give your child paper money, you can subtract it on the app. Kids can use the app to see how much money they’ve spent and saved. And they can use it to set financial goals, like saving up for a new toy or piece of clothing.

Price: Free (in-app purchases) Available for: iOS, Android

Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids

Mindfulness can be a good tool to help kids manage ADHD symptoms. The Stop, Breathe, and Think app offers 15 free mindfulness activities. More are available for a price. With the app, kids can “check in” with how they are feeling, and then choose an activity based on that feeling. To help create a sense of calm, kids may be instructed to visualize a relaxing scene, breathe deeply, or pay attention to what they’re feeling. If you or your teen is interested in mindfulness, be sure to check out other meditation apps.

Price: Free (more activities can be purchased) Available for: iOS

The Sims FreePlay

The Sims FreePlay game is an open-ended simulation of young adult living. It can help kids with ADHD practice everyday skills they’ll need in “real life.” In the app, kids create a “Sim” or a virtual character, with a personality and preferences. The Sim has needs like eating, sleeping, personal hygiene, social interaction and having fun. Kids must direct their Sim to take actions to meet the Sim’s needs, as they build and furnish a home, look for jobs and form relationships.

Price: Free (in-app purchases) Available for: iOS, Android

Conversation Planner

ADHD can impact kids socially, including making it hard to follow a conversation. Conversation Planner can help your child practice. The app teaches kids how to prepare for interactions with other people. It has more than 130 social skills scenarios spread over 18 levels. Four of the levels are free. In each scenario, kids choose a talking partner and two conversation goals—one for themselves and one for the partner. Once kids master one level, the next level is unlocked.

Price: $2.99 for each level Available for: iOS

ClearLock

It’s easy for kids with ADHD to get sidetracked by online distractions. ClearLock is a basic app that cuts out these distractions by locking your child’s smartphone. Kids can schedule when the app will block their phone, and for how long. This can help kids with ADHD focus on the task at hand without being tempted by screen time. There are similar apps and tools for other platforms, including Freedom (iOS), StayFocusd (Chrome) and Time Out (Mac).

Price: Free Available for: Android

Choiceworks Calendar

Choiceworks Calendar is a picture-based calendar app that can help kids with executive functioning issues. Kids can put images in a sequence to map out a day, week or month. The app comes with tons of pre-loaded images, but kids can also upload their own. There are options to have the images read aloud if kids prefer. Choiceworks Calendar is meant for older kids, but there’s also a version of the app for younger children called Choiceworks.

Price: $4.99 Available for: iOS

Google Calendar

Lots of people use Google Calendar, but they might not realize how helpful it can be for kids with ADHD, too. Your child can use it to keep track of appointments, events and tasks. One big benefit is that Google Calendar integrates with other Google applications that kids may already use in school. This includes Gmail, Google Keep and Google Drive.

Price: Free Available for: iOS, Android

Eye to Eye: Empower Different Learners

The Eye to Eye Empower app was created by Understood founding partner Eye to Eye, with the support of Microsoft EDU. In the app, kids can work through different activities called quests. Each quest helps kids better understand their strengths and challenges, and develop strategies for success. One unique feature is that when kids finish the quests, they receive an advocacy plan. The plan can help teens with ADHD self-advocate in school and in life.

Price: Free Available for: iOS

About the Author

About the Author

The Understood Team 

is made up of passionate writers, editors, and community moderators. Many of them learn and think differently, or have kids who do.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

Jamie Martin 

is an assistive technology specialist at the New England Assistive Technology Center (NEAT) in Hartford, Connecticut.

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