If there is one universal symptom experienced by virtually all individuals with ID/DD, as well as other special needs including dementia, brain injury, and psychological disorders, it is that they need to be prompted, reminded, or cued to do, think, and/or communicate, even if they’ve previously mastered doing, thinking, or communicating it. These prompt-dependencies are met almost entirely by caregivers funded by government programs, medical insurance, and families. Human prompting is the most expensive and scarce resource across human services industries today. At the same time, technological capabilities have never been more advanced. Unfortunately, as a population, people with special needs are unable to leverage standardized technology to alleviate this unsustainable burden.
MyGuide was intentionally designed as a unique and powerful intervention tool, not simply an app that provides instruction. It’s the process of building, playing, and reporting progress with digital guides that enables sustainable improvement. MyGuide users who are involved in building the instructions, images, and ordering of prompts are not only more likely to use their MyGuide consistently to become more independent with more skills, they are also more likely to learn and practice new cognitive skills, such as task analysis, problem-solving, and choice making. MyGuide users feel empowered to self-prompt, and providers have a tool they can use to facilitate self-determination.
Examples: morning routine, shopping lists, checking in at a doctor’s office, timesheets, pet care, locker combination, preparing a meal, making a decision, operating the washer/ drying.