This post is part of an occasional series about health-focused apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. If you’ve developed a health or wellness app on a Windows platform and you’d like to be considered for this series, leave a link to your app in the comments.

Raising a child with autism comes with a host of unique challenges. Behavioural patterns can vary considerably from one child to the next, so the educational and therapeutic strategies that work for one child may not work for another. Every child is different; every child needs special consideration.

But before that can happen, you first need to be able to chart the ins and outs of your child’s behaviour. Having a robust behavioural record allows teachers and other care workers to develop a better understanding of the child’s needs, even though they lack your history with the child.

Records of sleep habits, diet, medication changes, social changes and environmental changes can also be vitally important. All these factors have the ability to affect how a child behaves and how they learn. Looking at these factors over time can help parents, educators and other professionals work together to better understand the child’s behaviour and to create optimal environments for learning and growth.

 Of course, actually creating and sharing these records can be tricky. You need a tool that helps you capture data on the fly and share it easily. That’s where ABPathfinder’s Parent Pathway app comes in handy. With this Windows 8.1 app, you can record your child’s activities on your home PC, a Windows 8 tablets or the new Surface Pro 3, updating as you go and keeping your records current. Best of all – the app in free in the Windows store.

Learn more about ABPathfinder’s Parent Pathway app.