Focus GPS utilizes patented technology in a way that specifically supports the primary executive function areas of memory, organization, and actions.
(PRWEB) August 01, 2012
Memory on Demand, LLC, announces the commercial release of Focus GPS (TM), an iPad app designed to support the three critical executive function areas of memory, concentration, and organization. The software helps ADHD users to step through complex thought processes and effectively manage shifting priorities. Focus GPS may be purchased directly from the Apple iTunes store.
Focus GPS is not like any other ADHD-focused educational app. Dr. Wm. Wagner, CTO, explains, “Focus GPS utilizes patented technology in a way that specifically supports the primary executive function areas of memory, organization, and actions.”
Focus GPS has generated a lot of interest to date from the release of its pre-release beta versions. Ray Omholt, Founder of Memory on Demand, explains, “The medical and pharmaceutical fields are currently experiencing a veritable explosion of interest in the symbiotic combination of mobile apps and the behavior modification field. Positive results are being achieved even in “difficult” areas such as weight-control and adherence to drug therapy. Group support is a key factor in each of these successful programs. Focus GPS uniquely incorporates group support in its design.”
Focus GPS appeals to parents of students with ADHD because it is designed to help students overcome forgetfulness, disorganization, and procrastination. It appeals to students because of its ability to wirelessly connect them with mentors and friends who can provide them with helpful, real-time feedback when needed.
In addition to its strong ability to help students with ADHD organize both their long-term and their daily activities, Focus GPS incorporates two behavior modification features in its design to help students achieve their desired goals. These features are called, “What’s Up?” and “What’s Done?”.
“What’s Up?” enables students to wirelessly send an organized display of their planned daily or weekly activities at any time to one or more support mentors (such as an older student, a parent, a best friend, a tutor, or a friendly coach). Mentors understand these contacts to be silent requests for helpful suggestions about the student’s scheduling challenges.
When such a contact is made, the mentor can immediately see an organized view of the student’s undone planned activities for that day versus the priority assigned to these remaining tasks by the student. The mentor can then reply to the student with helpful suggestions. The practical and emotional value to the student of this kind of support goes without saying.
“What’s Done?” is an app feature which makes it easy for students to email what they accomplished during a given time period to their mentor or mentors. Completed work can help the student earn recognition which helps to develop accountability, a vital factor in helping students overcome procrastination. Studies (see below) argue that this type of support is critical to successful behavior modification:
1. “The Perfected Self” by David H Freeman, The Atlantic, June, 2012,
2. “Economic Rewards Through Automated Hovering Help Patient Compliance” by Marie McCullogh,Phill.com, June 26th 2012, and
3. “The Pharmacist is Nudging You to Take Your Pills” By Laura Landro, Wall Street Journal, June 26th 2012.