Quarter Hour Watch III is an activity timer that displays time as dots using "The Quarter Hour Watch principle"
The Quarter Hour Watch is a small, robust and battery–operated aid which the user can always have with him. It has three functions: a Quarter Hour function, Timer function and Time Measuring function. The Quarter Hour Watch is designed to give the user greater security and independence.
Many people with developmental disorders are not able to use a regular clock satisfactorily. They can often read the clock but are unable to make useful conclusions from that information, primarily about how much time is left until a certain moment. How long must I wait for the bus to come? When does the TV show begin? How long should the pasta boil?
The Quarter Hour Watch principle means that the amount of time until an activity⁄event is shown as dots (i.e. filled circles) in a vertical column to the left of the image representing that activity⁄event. Each dot represents 15 minutes, i.e. the "Quarter Hour Watch principle". The dots go out from the top down. The use of the "Quarter Hour Watch principle" makes time easy to understand and handle on one's own.
The Quarter Hour Watch contains a clock. When a picture card for a scheduled activity is placed in the Quarter Hour Watch, the remaining time is displayed using the Quarter Hour Watch principle. A signal sounds when the time for the activity has come, an the dots blink intensively.
Time cards are used to count down the time for an ongoing event, just like an egg timer. The user easily sets the time by inserting a picture card for various times: for example teeth brushing for 3 minutes, ironing for 10 minutes, boiling pasta for 11 minutes, bathing for 50 minutes etc. The remaining time is shown in accordance with the same principle as the Quarter Hour Watch function, i.e. in 15–minutes steps. The Timer function can be set from 1 to 120 minutes.
Time Measurement cards are used to measure the length of an event and act as a "stopwatch". How long is a lunch? How long does it take to get to the school? etc. By measuring and documenting the time used into a Diary, the user can acquire experience about the duration of activities.
Place the Quarter Hour Watch in its rack (comes as an accessory) when at a given location for an extended time, at home or at work. Keep the Activity cards, Timer cards and Time Measuring cards in a picture notebook in order to provide any easy overview. There is a learning aid entitled "Show Time" available as a tool for examining, understanding and handling time. This package also includes a teacher's guide with various exercises and tools, as well as tips for using the Quarter Hour Watch.
3 batteries (LR03 Alkaline)
Bag with shoulder strap and belt attachment
4 ready–to–use Timecards 15, 30, 45, 60 min
1 ready–to–use Time Measurement card
A number of white and grey picture cards and disposable watch faces for making your own activity cards.