Kids

Awesome time-tracking app transforms life for kids with autism

By Kitty Knowles 9 February 2018
Cute little girl using tablet computer. Image: Getty/ zorandimzr
Summary

Brili is ‘tech for good’ at its best.

Caring for a child with a learning disability can feel tough.

Conditions like autism or ADHD, in particular, can make even the simplest of daily tasks a challenge.

Now though, Canadian software developer Pierre Séguin has created an app to help make life for kids – and their families – less stressful and more fun.

Brili turns once difficult chores into a game.

Brilliant Brili

Brili has been designed to help children establish and stick to their much-needed routine.  

It does this by using proven game-like psychological methods, including lists of daily tasks, countdown timers and rewards for a job well done.

What’s great is that kids get to take ownership of the app, responding to prompts when they need to commit to eating breakfast, or doing chores, and benefitting at the end when excess minutes are added on to the free time.

What’s more, the platform also uses IBM’s Cloud to let parents see their kids activity in real-time, empowering parents to feel a greater sense of patience and control around their child’s progress.

“Problems arise when the parent is unable to follow best practices,” says Séguin. “[But] the majority of parents are just doing the best they can with limited time and resources.”

“My goal is for families to enjoy their time together without getting upset, and for kids to have self-confidence in their ability to get through daily life.”

The app is free, with the option of in-app purchases.

Future business plans

The Brili team has already partnered with IBM and the University of Toronto, and last year won $250,000 from the Ontario Centre of Excellence’s Advancing Education fund.

And, in the future, Séguin hopes to use IBM Watson’s artificial intelligence to supercharge the analysis it offers.

“Watson could look into task completion rates, routine patterns, and other factors,” he explains.

“The plan is to not only help parents paint a full picture of their child’s progress, but also predict the inputs that will lead to the highest success. This could mean a shift in the sequence of tasks, offering more time for a certain type of activity, etc.”

And Brili’s service could even be extended to helping elderly patients, who might live alone, or benefit from having their daily routine monitored.

We think Brili’s a brilliant idea – could it help your family live better?