The APT-3 “practice drive” is a second USB stick. It is synchronized or synced to work with the APT-3 program by loading the client’s attention exercises. As the client practices independently, the drive saves performance data and self reflection ratings.
The client then brings the practice drive back to the clinician at the next therapy session. The clinician syncs the practice drive with the APT-3 program and updates the performance data. Anytime the clinician changes the attention training exercises, the new program is updated upon syncing. All the clinician has to do is press the "synch" icon while both drives are in the computer!
The APT-3 practice drive has been designed for flexibility in scheduling and maximizing efficiency of treatment planning and therapy. Transferring performance information or changing therapy tasks can not only be done during therapy sessions, but also via the Internet between sessions. Because it is programmed to a secure server, the practice drive can upload data via the Internet. This allows the clinician to continually upload new tasks for the client to work on outside of treatment and to retrieve the practice drive's data. For clients with concerns about transportation, fatigue, or endurance issues or insurance limits, this provides multiple options for designing and implementing attention training programs that address the client’s needs as well as the clinician’s treatment goals.
Hardware and operating system requirements are the same as with the APT-3 USB drive which requires computers and laptops running Mac OS 10.5 or newer and Windows XP or newer. You will also need an APT-3 USB drive to sync with and a computer with 2 available USB ports. A USB Hub is provided with the full APT3 program in case the clinician doesn’t have the available USB ports. An Internet connection is not required, but if available allows remote updating of therapy tasks and performance data between the client and clinician.
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Q and A for Attention Process Training 3 Practice Drive
What’s the advantage of using a Practice Drive with my clients?
The Practice Drive allows you to create an APT program for a client and then send that program home with the client. So, instead of the client having to routinely come into the clinic in order to practice their attention exercises, they can do them at home.
When the Practice Drive is sync’d with an APT-3 Drive, the client’s APT program is loaded onto the Practice Drive, and the client can run the program as often as they want. And if the clinician and client have Internet access, the clinician can remotely get the client’s data, and remotely update the APT program.
Do I need a Practice Drive for each client?
No. When you sync a Practice Drive with an APT-3 Drive, all the previous data and APT programs are removed from the Practice Drive. Thus, you can reuse the Practice Drive with as many clients as you want. If you have two clients wanting to do APT exercises at home at the same time, then you would need an additional Practice Drive.
How do I use the Practice Drive?
Please see the manual that comes with each Practice Drive for detailed instructions on using the Practice Drive. You just select the client you want to work with on the clinician page that is on the APT-3 Drive. Then insert the Practice Drive into the same computer that the APT-3 is plugged into. You then click the Sync option on the clinician page and the client’s APT program will upload to the Practice Drive. The client can then take the Practice Drive home and run the program whenever they want to. The next time you sync the two USB drives, the client’s data will be uploaded to the APT-3 Drive, and you can upload a new APT program to the Practice Drive. It is as simple as two clicks.
If my client loses or damages the Practice Drive, have I lost all the data?
If the client has Internet, then all the data should have been remotely uploaded to your APT-3 Drive, thus you have lost no data. Furthermore, no identifying information is stored on the Practice Drive, so if lost, you do not have to worry about loss of private data. If a drive is lost, we recommend contacting Personal Technologies at 800-716-9695 (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that the lost drive can be disabled.
If my client loses or damages the Practice Drive, do I have to purchase another to replace it?
Yes. However, if you have additional Practice Drives on hand, then you can probably wait a bit before buying a replacement.
Can I recycle a Practice Drive once a client is done with it and use it with another client?
Yes, when you sync the Practice Drive with your APT-3 Drive, any previous APT program and data will be deleted from the Practice Drive. You can then reuse the Practice Drive with as many clients as you want.
Why do I need the USB Hub if my computer already has 2 USB ports?
On many computers (especially Mac laptops), the USB ports are so close together that you cannot physically plug 2 USB drives in at the same time. To alleviate this problem we provide a USB hub with APT3 Kit.
Do both the clinician and the client need a USB Hub?
No. Only the clinician needs to use the USB when sync'ing the APT-3 Drive and the Practice Drive.
Do I need Internet access to use the Practice Drive?
No, but having Internet access will give you additional features. With Internet, you can remotely gather client data, and update the client’s APT program which allows you to add and delete exercises. When the client has Internet access, the Practice drive will be able to upload its data to a secure server, and get new APT programs from the secure server. Likewise, if the clinician has Internet access, the APT-3 drive will be able to retrieve the client’s data from the secure server and upload new APT programs to the secure server.
1. Make sure your APT-3 software is up-to-date by starting and exiting the APT-3 Manager on a computer with internet connection.
2. Plug both the APT-3 and APT-3 Practice USB drives into your computer.
3. From the APT-3 Manager, choose the client that you will work with. From the Home Screen, click on “Sync with Practice Drive” to go to the Sync Screen.
4. If there is performance data on the Practice drive for your client, the data will be transferred to the APT-3 drive automatically and then deleted from the Practice drive.
5. If necessary, edit the client’s current APT program. Then click on “Transfer Practice APT Program” to transfer the APT program to the Practice drive.
6. The Practice drive is now ready to run the client’s APT program.