(Donna E. Rutherford, Reading Therapist, Educational Specialist)
« The moment my student place the Forbrain on her head, she began singing and playing with her voice, something I have never seen her do before »
Many of the students that I work with here at the Brain Zone Reading and Tutoring Center have benefited greatly from Forbrain. Our center has been dedicated to helping a variety of students, including those with learning disabilities, for 15 years. During my time as a remedial education instructor, I used devices capable of facilitating students’ awareness of their own voices without inhibiting their ability to attend to mine, but the Forbrain device seems to build on this concept in a way I never expected. Forbrain uses bone conduction to allow the students to monitor their voice without covering their ears, making it easy for me to provide guidance as we work. Not only has every child been completely fascinated with the device, I have also seen such growth from them.
Notably, when I introduced the device to one of my 7-year-old students, I immediately noticed a difference in his attention. For someone who is constantly bouncing off the walls, he was able to finish our activity without any interruptions. This particular child has some difficulty retaining information presented in an auditory modality, and I would find myself repeating instructions frequently during our sessions. After a few days, he seemed to be more aware of his own voice and I did not need to repeat myself as frequently. I also noticed a vast difference in one of my 6-year-old students during reading; she typically read stories with a flat, monotone voice. The moment my student place the Forbrain on her head, she began singing and playing with her voice, something I have never seen her do before.
After using the Forbrain for 2 weeks, I noticed changes in her prosody during reading. Instead of rushing through the text at lightening speed, she now takes natural pauses and even seems to comment more on what she is reading. Whenever my students use the Forbrain, they exude confidence and seem ready to tackle any challenge placed in front of them. Forbrain is a valuable asset for any one looking to improve their self-awareness during any type of communication.