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  1. Parenting Tips

    This is a forum for discussing, sharing and discovering great tips

    46 votes
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    • Sensory issues

      Sensory integration disorder and issues that comes with it.

      35 votes
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        You can now use the category Sensory, either in your list or accessed by using ‘Something Else’

        As you add different descriptions of sensory interventions or seeking behaviors or whatever details you are documenting, they will pre-populate.

        Then you can graph them in reports, see total counts during different periods, get a review of them sent in your weekly and monthly email summaries, and more.

        Let us know what you think and how we can make these more effective for you!

      • Include duration for all activities

        Please include a way to document a duration (or an end time that calculates the duration) for an activity. Type, scope, duration and frequency of caregiver assessments, judgements, interventions are critical things we track.

        32 votes
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          Great suggestion.
          We definitely understand how crucial these pieces are and what a valuable addition to the tool they will be.
          It is a big undertaking to properly implement these in a “smart” way so they can be applied to all of the different ways that people use this type of system, but we are working on it right now and it’s going to be a magnificent and empowering solution when we start to roll out these changes.
          I wish I could say we’ll have this available right away, but it’s on it’s way. Hopefully what we have is helpful to some degree without them, and I look forward to hearing how you like the solution we come up with when it becomes available.

          If there’s any way we can help with anythign else, in the interim, of course, always let us know.

          :-)

          Adam

          ~ a birdhouse owl

        • IEP & FAMILY TEAM MTGS

          Great idea to add. Listing details of
          1. Goals
          2. Grades
          3. Behaviors
          4.Attended participants
          5. Current academic levels
          6. Special factors
          7.Accomodations
          8.Testing
          9. Safeguards
          10.Notes

          To make a grid & be able to add data at ur fingertips.This would be a great Tool to have.

          19 votes
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            Great suggestion!
            We will keep these in mind as we continue to evolve the product.
            I would love to see an example of what you mean by ‘make a grid and add data’. Do you already have something like this you’d like to be able to do and update with Birdhouse that we could see? How do you do this system?
            You can email us details at owl@birdhousehq.com

          • Comments

            Please add a feature to allow other users (spouse, teacher etc.) to comment on activities posted by other users in the same account.

            15 votes
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              This is a great suggestion and something we will likely integrate, at some point. However, we have a few things that will have a more immediate a bigger impact on usability on the list before this.
              If this is important to you, please do let us know so we can keep track of who is waiting on this.

            • Post photos.

              We use a lot of visual feedback for my son. It would be great if I could post photos too.

              12 votes
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              • 9 votes
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                  Absolutely! Great idea.
                  This is definitely on our list. We have a few other big things in line ahead of it that I think you’re gonna like, but we will definitely get to this after that. We will update the status here as we get closer, so you know when it’s coming.

                • Differentiate current and ended nutrition schedules visually in the nutrition list

                  When changing the dose for a nutrition, there is a popup that explains how to keep the history by setting an end date for the current dose and creating a new schedule with the new dose.

                  It would be nice if the lines with end dates in the past had different formatting in the nutrition table.

                  In the following picture, one of the highlighted lines has an end date in the past and the other one is current, but that is not obvious. Maybe the ended line could be stroke through or colored with a lighter gray to make it…

                  9 votes
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                  • It were accessible to Autistic persons who wish to self-regulate.

                    I'm an Autistic adult who'd like some sort of app that would help me keep track of this sort of thing on my own. Birdhouse is amazing, but sometimes I feel a little condescended by it since it's geared towards parents of Autistic kids.

                    7 votes
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                      This is great feedback.
                      I’m so sorry to hear that it gives you a condescending tone.
                      We started with making the tool focused on adults looking after kids, as that was our personal need and what we knew best. We are trying to do a GREAT job at that before diverting our attention.
                      That being said, we are also always looking for ways to make changes and learn more about how to accommodate more people who would like to use the tool.
                      If you would like to send us a private message at owl@birdhousehq.com and share more specifics about what parts make you feel condescended to, how you currently use it that is helpful, and what are some changes we could make that would make it even more helpful, we’d love to hear about it and think about how when can incorporate that feedback into our plan.

                    • Need to make it easier to invite collaborators

                      I'm trying out Birdhouse and it seems like a great idea. However, it's difficult and confusing to invite a collaborator (for me and for them). I'd like to collaborate with my son's nanny, ABA, OT, etc...but I know that if its not super easy for them to use, they won't do it and I'll be stuck trying to elicit and record their notes.

                      7 votes
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                        Collaboration is a newer feature at the moment, and we are currently in the process of making the process of inviting new collaborators more convenient and straightforward. We’re excited to be able to make this more accessible as this year goes on.

                        –Ben

                      • Checklists:)

                        Developmental checklists by age that can be updated when the child progresses to the next level. This could be helpful to assist in goal writing.
                        Cognitive
                        Social/Emotional
                        Play skills
                        Academic skills
                        School readiness skills
                        Gross Motor
                        Fine Motor

                        7 votes
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                        • 7 votes
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                          • Collaborator roles and permissions

                            I would really like to use this to have my son's care team collaborate more effectively. And, I know that there are some things that I might put in BirdHouse that I would still want private. Could you add in permission levels, either by object (note / file / etc) and/or by user so that I can restrict access to some things?

                            For example, if I were to keep track of IEP notes, I might not want my actual IEP team to see everything that I have written.

                            6 votes
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                            • Behavioral Tools

                              Section for CBT and DBT skills

                              breathing, counting, ABC's, singing, things that the child has been taught to assist in calming down

                              5 votes
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                              • Accommodations

                                Accommodations

                                5 votes
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                                • More than just Therapists

                                  I'd like a different term for the category "Therapists", maybe Care Team or just Contacts. I would like to keep contact information for everyone involved in my child's care, not just therapists; teachers, caregivers, doctors, etc.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • ability to color code the existing activity symbol + customize activity name/symbol

                                    I have ASD child who has poop accidents (not done in the toilet but elsewhere) once every now and then, but there is only one 'poop' symbol to use for both regular poop and poop accident. and this is inconvenient on the report because I can't tell how many times she had poop accidents out of all the poops done within a week or month or etc.. so if there was an option to use different color on the same 'poop' symbol, it'll help us to easily see on the graph where/when she had the poop accident and when she…

                                    5 votes
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                                      Great suggestion/feedback.
                                      We are working on a wonderful version of this that I think you are going to love.
                                      In the meantime, one detail that might help you;
                                      In the Reports section, if you select Other and the click the checkbox below that says ‘Show Advanced Filters’, there will be a chart that shows your various types of Other, and you could select just one or two specific ones you wanted graphed/included in your export data, like ‘Poop accident’
                                      I hope this helps.
                                      We can’t wait to see how you like the new stuff we are working on.

                                    • Tracking Accuracy on a Graph

                                      I am a special education teacher. I would like to be able to have a graph that tracks date vs accuracy for goals.

                                      5 votes
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                                      • therapist times

                                        Would like to have the ability to set multiple sessions at different times for a single therapist. For example: speech on Monday at 11:00 and on Thursday at 2:30.

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Add activity for more than one person

                                          I would love to be able to add an activity for more than one person at a time, for example, when we all eat a meal together, be able to add it to more than one person at a time instead of having to do them individually.

                                          3 votes
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