I discovered the Forbrain about a year ago following a presentation by Kara Tavolacci. I was really intrigued about it and thought that it could help a number of the kiddos I work with so, I bought one and haven’t looked back! I try out the Forbrain for all of my clients with articulation or language disorders and have also found it helpful for kids who have a hard time concentrating. Some of the kids don’t like how it feels, and that’s okay, but most of them really enjoy hearing their own voices.
In a segment aired on CNBC’s Advancements TV on 21 September 2019, Forbrain was put under the spotlight as the show attempted to educate viewers as to how Sound For Life is empowering children and adults to reach their full potential, improve their quality of life through brain stimulation and truly making an impact on people’s lives. Advancements TV, presented by Ted Danson aims to explore recent developments in technology, manufacturing, sustainability etc. This episode particularly focused on Neurotechnology and devices that are being used to enhance cognitive skills.
We are delighted to inform you that Sound for Life will be participating and showcasing at the annual American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention for the 5th consecutive year. The ASHA convention is the annual professional development and networking event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
Cognitive fall back is not a technical term. In this article, I use it to describe the phenomenon experienced by many school-aged students over summer break. The excitement of a never-ending summer without teachers and homework often overshadows any notion of studying while on vacation from school.
Why Students Decline Over Summer Break
According to the Brookings Institution—a nonprofit organization that conducts research about problems facing US society—during the summer, students' achievement scores decline by about one month’s worth of school year learning. Children who have a better chance of avoiding the summer setback are those with access to resources such as libraries, activities with educated family members, or quality summer programs.
Alice Cooper has set the stage and summer break has arrived. That means long days in bathing suits, drinking water from the hose, lemonade stands, and of course, music. Whether your children prefer a hot day at the beach or a calm afternoon in with friends, did you know that practicing a musical instrument, or even just listening to music, can promote strong cognitive development and sustain cognitive function—even when school is out?
The average summer break for American students is about 70-90 days. According to some linguists, that’s enough time to become fluent in French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, or Swahili. If you spent 10 hours per day studying one of these foreign languages, you could achieve basic fluency in just 48 days. Extra time is required for more difficult languages such as Chinese or Arabic.
One of the main principles of Forbrain is retraining. When Alfred Tomatis was developing his ideas more than fifty years ago, there wasn’t the neuroscience research there is today, but today’s science has proven that Albert Tomatis was right – the brain can be retrained. This principle of neuroplasticity is now a key understanding of how the brain works – it is being retrained constantly.
This month I had the pleasure of speaking with Charlotte Davies, founder of a company called Fit-2-Learn, fierce researcher, and educationalist in England. In the first few moments of speaking with Charlotte, it was clear that she had a deep passion for helping people, especially children, reach their cognitive potential.
We are constantly programming our brains. While the brain is the main computer that drives so many functions of mind and body, it is also a computer we train with our thoughts and actions, mostly unconsciously.