App Review
Additional Description

The CanPlan application is a task manager app that promotes a person’s independence by allowing the person to create a step-by-step sequence of a chosen task. The task can also be added to a calendar and scheduled into the person’s day.

Format iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Age Range early primary, late primary, high school, adult
Motivators visual
Curriculum/Goal Areas literacy, ICT, critical/ creative, personal social
Evidence-based Intervention Individual Supports, Highly Structured Supports, Supported Transitions, Family Involvement
Targeted Skills The app encourages Independence. Can be used to target Self-care tasks and Activities of Daily Living. However, app can be used to target any task you would like the person to complete independently by breaking the task down into a sequence of smaller steps e.g. using the washing machine.
Great For
  • The app can be used for creating task sequences, scheduling in when tasks need to be completed and can also provide timed reminders to prompt the individual.
  • It is a visual support to enable individuals to complete tasks independently and without prompts from other people, allowing them to experience success.
  • Can be used at work to provide the person with clear steps and instructions of what is required to allow person to complete the task independently.
  • The app may be appropriate to use for people of any age.
  • The step-by-step sequence can include photos, text, video or audio and can be individualised according to the person’s learning style and abilities.
Please Consider
  • The app is free however you can have the option to purchase more features e.g. text to speech and unlimited tasks.
  • A manual for the app is attached in the app and can be accessed via the question mark button on the bottom right hand corner of the app.
  • The speech speed of the built in voice can be changed and can also record audio to add to the step.
  • Need to consider the individual’s learning style and comprehension level to determine how many steps the task needs to be broken down, the text used to accompany the picture and any other media you may want to add e.g., video or audio.
  • Depending on the individual an adult or support worker may need to provide assistance to develop the sequence in collaboration with the individual.
  • It may be beneficial to use the app in conjunction with a reward chart to provide the individual with positive reinforcement when they have completed the task.
  • It may also be beneficial to use the app in conjunction with a timer if the task is required to be completed in a specific time frame.
Generalise Skills and Knowledge

May be beneficial to have different sequences for tasks for different settings if the task uses different equipment or has different steps in the different settings e.g. making coffee at home and making coffee at work.

Developer: University of Victoria

Price: free

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad


Customer ratings: ( ratings)
Category: Productivity, Education
Languages: English
Rated: 4+

Updated: 04.04.2013
Version: 1.7.5
Size: 24.75 MB
Requirements: iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74

*** WHAT IS IT? ***
CanPlan promotes independence and builds confidence by helping people with cognitive challenges complete tasks successfully. Virtually any activity can be broken into a sequence of easy-to-follow steps, illustrated by photos and...

Screenshots CanPlan

Screenshots CanPlan for iPad

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