Designed by an Occupational Therapist.
First & Then is a very simple app that uses a board with photos to show that one activity must happen before the next can occur. A fantastic tool for visual learners!

The idea behind a First & Then board is to encourage a child to complete an activity that they don’t particularly enjoy. The board motivates the child to engage in a less preferred activity, knowing that a preferred activity (or a reward) will follow. For example, the ‘first’ activity may be something such as handwriting, homework, eating vegetables, using the toilet or visiting the dentist. The ‘then’ activity may be playing outside, computer time or a chocolate treat.

The App is extremely simple to use, the board is set up from one page, with clear prompts to help along the way.

The app allows the user to quickly and simply insert photos from the device’s camera or photo library, meaning that ‘First & Then’ boards can be made on-the-go and with little fuss. Photos taken are saved within the App to use again and again.

The app includes a coloured visual timer, that the user can choose to use, to show the child how long they need to spend on an activity. As well as a digital display, the time is also represented by a coloured pie chart. When the pie is green, the child needs to keep going. When the pie turns amber, the child needs to get ready to finish. The pie turns red when it is time to stop the activity.

The app also includes a ‘Finished box’. The child can drag the photo into this box when the activity is completed.

The App is complete with the option to use exciting tones to reward the child for completing the activity.

What’s New

Version 2.1

minor changes

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Frenchb14 ,

Not that good

Can't use timer, put photos into first and then library or use finished box.

Miss Lyna ,

SDC teacher

I use this in my classroom and it is great for students that need a visual of the activity they are working on. I love that I can take pictures on the go and can customize without having to print out photos to make icons. The visual timer is also a lifesaver For students that have a difficult time ending a preferred a activity. My one suggest would be to change the sliding scale to set the time. I work with little ones and sometimes 1 minute of something is all they can handle, but the slider is really tricky at the 1-4 minute marks. I have been promoting this app to all of my parents and fellow special education specialist.

MamaDaddy007 ,

Good idea needs more support

I like how simple it is. I don’t need more than two spaces. BUT the “library” is severely lacking. Also, you can’t save cards to use again. Many times we need the same one and I have to go through and create it again in a time when I need it ready immediately. I also had no luck using the box when “firsts” were completed. Very disappointed.

App Privacy

The developer, Alisha Forrest, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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Alisha Forrest
37.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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