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Behavior Status to this point has been driven 100% by user requests and I want to continue to build the app users want. However, once I started to receive feedback from users, it became apparent that the vast majority of you are either Parents and/or teachers, many with special needs children. All of whom care a great deal about childhood behavior.
As a parent of a child with cancer, I felt a connection to the users of this app. So, I began spending more and more time improving the app to make it more useful and add as many of the features requested I could. Thus far, I’ve added nearly all of them. A few of them are still out there; however, each one can be extremely time consuming to implement such as an web version of the app. As I want to provide the most value to the users for my time, I would like to ask you to fill out a brief survey so I can get somewhat of a consensus of features you would like. IF you have time, please take a few minutes and answer the survey by clicking on the link below.
Chris L. Bennett
A couple days ago, I released a new version of Behavior Status, Version 3.0.1 with the following new features.
Specific Behavior Tracking
Specific Behavior tracking came out of a conversation I had with a parent of an Autistic child. The parent was affiliated with the Jenny McCarthy‘s Generation Rescue program. After talking to the parent from the east coast for an hour, we came up with several additions to app. The new features were geared primarily at those who are trying to rescue a child with autism. And thus Specific Behavior tracking was born. Essentially what it allows you to is not only track the overall behavior as it did before, but you can now list behaviors you want to track. The list of specific behaviors are per child, thus each child can have their own list. As you may need to track different behaviors for different children. In addition, you can enable this feature on a per child basis, making it easy to only use this feature for the children you need too.
Other Updates in this Version
- Major Performance Improvement on the Home screen for users who have lots of child in the app
- New Calendar Preference to make it easier to see which days have data and which do not.
- A few minor bug fixes
While I do have an overall vision for where this app can go, new features are largely driven by requests from users, parents, teachers, etc. Be sure to keep the feedback coming!
- What Is Autism? (everydayhealth.com)
Behavior Status 2.0 was just released to the store yesterday April 3rd 2011. In this version the following new features have been added:
- Alternate Status Entry Mode which allows for 3, 4 or 5 color choices for behavior. This mode is enabled through the preferences and uses color bars to denote behavior instead of the stoplight. In the 3 color choices you have the same Red, Yellow and Red Options. The 4 color mode adds Orange as an option between Yellow and Red and 5 colors adds Blue which is used to denote Excellent behavior.
- Under Preferences you can now change the text displayed within the color bars in the Alternate Status Entry Mode.
- Display QR Code to make it easier to share the app with Friends
- Behavior Status Donation Link
Here are a couple screen shots for you to look at from this version ….
As the title says, what is Behavior Status anyways. Well Behavior Status is an application which runs on Android phones and tablets. It is designed to allow Parents and Teachers to track behavior of children. By tracking behavior you can look for patterns and/or determine what techniques work to correct behavior. At it hears Behavior Status allows you to track; however, in the future I hope to add other features to Behavior Status.
The concept is simple, you can go provide a list of children either in a single list or separate them by class. Once you have children you can tap on one and change the status from Green, Yellow and Red. Green = Good Behavior, Yellow = Minor Issue, Red = Major Issue. The meaning of each color is really up to you; although each day starts out as Green which makes it the default. Upon choosing a different status you will be prompted to enter a time (which defaults to the current time) and a Note. The Note field allows you to record why you marked the behavior change. This is the place for you to record why and what action was taken if you so choose.
Then once you are setting the status of children you can go back to a child view their history as well as export the information to a CSV file on the SD Card. The calendar/history view provides you with a high-level view of the month by color coding each day. For instance if April 1st the status started out as Green, changed to Yellow and finally Red the Calendar Day will display Red. One of the items often missed in behavior status is the ability to tap on days in the calendar.
Once you click on a day in the Calendar you are presented with a log for that given day. Within this view you can access all of the status changes as well as the notes throughout the day. If for some reason you need to go back and add a status change in for a given day you can Add a Note by clicking the Menu button. In addition you can also send an email with the status changes as well as the notes recorded throughout the day. This can be very useful for teachers to be able to email parents when a child is having behavior issues. Parents of extended families email the log to the other parent to keep them informed of changes in behavior.
Thats what Behavior Status is … and here is what it looks like.