(Donna E. Rutherford, Reading Therapist, Educational Specialist,)
« One student, an active 6-year old boy struggling with auditory memory and discrimination, and some attentional issues that led to difficulties in reading and general focus, showed improvement in the very first few minutes of putting the device on. »
In the several years that I have worked as a remedial educational specialist at the Brain Zone Reading & Tutoring Center, many children and their parents have entered our doors seeking help for various learning disabilities, including dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, and attention deficit disorders, that have made learning difficult. Our director, Donna Rutherford, is constantly researching new technology that would benefit our students and in doing so she discovered Forbrain. Upon its arrival, all the instructors were intrigued with the possibilities that such a simple device could mean to our students and were excited to be the first to try it out. One student, an active 6-year old boy struggling with auditory memory and discrimination, and some attentional issues that led to difficulties in reading and general focus, showed improvement in the very first few minutes of putting the device on. Without Forbrain he could hardly stay seated on a chair from fidgeting; reading fluency practice was a effortful task between his struggles with auditory skills and focus issues. He was excited to try the headset on, the first few minutes with the device on he had a blast playing with his voice and enjoying the ability to hear himself so clearly.
Getting back to the work at hand, the change in him was very evident; his posture went from slouched over to sitting up straight and alert, his focus was clear and directed to the task at hand, and his reading fluency speeds increased two-fold in the first 15 minutes of using Forbrain. In another example, a student struggling with deficits in auditory skills had a very negative mindset towards reading not only because of his learning struggles, but he also found it "boring." We began incorporating Forbrain during his reading sessions; as well as having a positive impact on his reading fluency, his confidence also rose as he was able to fine-tune his decoding skills and read books all on his own. He no longer shies away from books, he welcomes them and the stories he can now enjoy. As we continue to integrate Forbrain into more of our student's curriculum we eagerly look forward to adding more of these success stories to Forbrain's credit.