Cognita Clock

Clock and visual day planner

  • The red light indicates NOW and gives a clear distinction between past and future
  • Good overview of day and time
  • Easy to update by carers
  • Provides a good structure and sense of achievement



The Cognita Clock helps understand time and structure in a visual and clear way.

The Cognita Clock is a clock and visual day planner which is mounted to the wall and displays the whole day in one horizontal line. The Clock is made for children and young adults who might have difficulties learning or understanding time and references to time.

I want to do it now!

People who struggle understanding time usually only refer to NOW. That is why NOW is shown as a red light on the Cognita Clock. The light move as time goes and therefore gives a unique way of illustrating how long it is till next activity starts, and how long this activity lasts.

Educational tool

The Cognita Clock can be used as an educational tool when learning concepts about time, such as past, future, later and soon, tonight and tomorrow.

Developed and manufactured I Norway

The Cognita Clock is developed by Cognita and a father with an autistic daughter. It is made for people with cognitive disabilities in need of a visualized daily structure and overview of the time. The clock is produced in Norway.


Varenummer 11000-1
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Tips and tricks

Make adjustments

Make sure you adjust the length of the symbol to the right length of the activity. Accuracy is important for many people with cognitive disabilities.


Cover the digital display if it is disruptive for the user of the clock. It is meant as a support for parents and helpers, or for teaching references to time when the user is ready for it.

Soft start

Add a few activities at at time. Do not fill the whole clock at once. Start with activities that are fun and attractive to the user. This adds to the attention to make use of the clock.


Include the user when he/ she is ready. Add the mandatory things and let the user add the things he or she would like to do. If he/ she wants to watch a film, cut the length of the film and ask her/ him to see where it is time to see the film during the day. Is there time before we are visiting grandma? No, let’s watch it after we’ve visited grandma.


Spend some time cutting out and preparing the most frequent used activities before you start using the clock. This will ensure that it’s easier and quicker to plan out the day when the clock is in use

Create routines

Make a stop by the clock a part of your daily routine with the user. Run through the activities that will happen during the day to prepare and answer any questions the user might have.

Get started

How to tell time

The Cognita Clock is a horizontal timeline and runs from left to right.


Now is visualized as a red light, and indicates where we are in the day. Time is visualized by the distance from now to a distinct activity


The activities are cut out in paper or cardboard and are attached to the clock with velcro and fit into the aluminum frame. There are a wide range of symbols included with the clock. You can also make your own imagery or texts.


Visual referanses to an analogue or digital clock, references to concepts of time can be added to the top frame. These should be adjusted to the persons needs and level.


An alarm with light and/ or sound can be added when needed. An external sound amplifier can be supplied as an accesory.


The Clock can be set to 24,- 12- or 6-hour mode. The 6-hour mode is useful in school/ kindergarten settings while a 24-hour mode is useful at home, to indicate night and day.


Research: Digital Tools for Structure in a Mainstream Class

Read the research done by Mirjam Harkestad Olsen at the Arctic University in Tromsø. The subject of the article is how digital structure and predictability affects the learning environment.

Read the report


About us

We have been developing assistive devices since 1985. Want to know more about us and our history?

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