Forbrain®

About Forbrain



Capitalizing on bone conduction, Forbrain® headphones employ a cutting edge, proprietary technology. Unlike other headphones, Forbrain® uses a patented electronic device that amplifies and patterns the user's voice.

By improving the perception of the voice, Forbrain® works simultaneously on all aspects of the audio-vocal loop. Forbrain® gives the nervous system a solid sensory workout.

Forbrain® sharpens the user's entire auditory system. It improves speech, fluency, attention, memory, focus, coordination, and many other sensory functions. And the result? You have more self-confidence and energy, homework becomes easier, and life is more fun.

For everyone, use it few minutes per day. For all ages, from early language development (the first sounds) to 99-year-olds, on your own or with parents, therapists, educators, or coaches, you only need to speak or read aloud few minutes per day to stimulate the brain and re-experience this training. Forbrain will progressively and continuously retrain and stimulate your brain.



How it works

Air conduction canal

Sound starts its journey when captured by your outer ears, the two formations on either side of your head, travelling in air through several structures within the ear, then translated by your nervous system and your brain for use as information to live in the world.

In those with normal hearing, sound waves enter the outer ear, travel through the middle ear to the ossicles, three small bones, which transmit sound vibrations to the cochlea vestibule nerve in the inner ear.

The cochlea vestibule’s job is to convert these sounds into electrical impulses and send them along the auditory nerve to the brain.


Bone conduction canal

There is another fascinating way our body processes sound. Sound waves are also transmitted through the bones in our heads!

When our bones vibrate, sound is sent directly to the cochlea vestibule nerve in the inner ear. This sound transmission directly through our bones is similar to traveling through the eardrum and middle ear. This vibration also creates nerve impulses and connects sounds to our brains. This is called bone conduction!

In Forbrain® the amplified bone conduction and natural air conduction work with an individual’s voice to process information more clearly and understand communications better.


The audio-vocal loop or Auditory feedback loop

This is the natural process by which every individual perceives, analyzes, assimilates and continuously adjusts the information individually received and produced through sound.

To function properly, this audio-vocal loop draws on the abilities of auditory discrimination, phonological awareness and integration of rhythm that each person activates effortlessly. These skills are natural to human function and go far beyond speech. They are necessary in all learning processes.


What it helps with

Reading, Writing

With clarity of sound reception and efficient processing, you increase your ability to comprehend words, phrases and paragraphs. A renewed ease in reading stimulates your brain and motivates you to read more. Speaking and reading aloud with the Forbrain® microphone strengthens your reception and energizes and motivates you. At the same time, with an increase in processing, words flow more easily and you are able to write creatively.


Verbal or short-term Memory

Repetitive use of your voice exercises your brain. It taps into the areas of the Cochlea that connect through auditory pathways to your verbal and short-term memory. When you use Forbrain® regularly as you speak aloud or read aloud, your own voice activates these auditory pathways in your brain and you are able to access your memory more easily. Daily use of Forbrain® supports improved memory.


Attention, Ability to stay on task

Very often attention challenges arise when a person struggles with reception of sound. Through heightened bone conduction, Forbrain® focuses your attention on a subject, stimulating you to follow through in completing a thought, sentence or project. Exercising your own voice energizes you to complete your seat work at school or finish a project at work.


Concentration or Focus (follow-through)

Does your mind race or work non-stop? Do you find you are always thinking and find it hard to go to sleep? Through use of the fine-tuned, high quality Forbrain® microphone, your own voice corrals your thoughts to focus on a task at hand, helping to stay on task and follow-through. Consistent use of Forbrain® improves focus so you begin to concentrate better throughout your day.


Speech, pronunciation, fluency

It is mainly through bone conduction that pronunciation process is achieved. Construction of pronunciation skills and awareness of speech clarity evolves from bone conduction which is itself a prerequisite to phonological awareness or awareness of language.

Phonological awareness is the ability to consciously play with foundational sounds of your own language in order to form a chain of articulated sounds.

Reading development strongly depends on the emergence of phonological awareness which is a prerequisite to reading access.

Bone conduction plays a key role in the emerging system of the phonological loop which is responsible for the circulation of stored verbal information. This process prevents language decline developing not only auditory verbal memory but also inner speech and verbal fluency.


Motivation, self-esteem, self-confidence

As humans, we respond to sounds in our environments. When those sounds introduce too many thoughts in our brains, they cause our nervous systems to over-react and we feel less confident, eroding our self-esteem and motivation. Forbrain® works directly on your nervous system by focusing on your voice and reducing the sound clutter in your brain. This settles the nervous system and improves confidence, motivating you to succeed and take action.


Practical Tips



For Adults

  1. Feet: Place your feet flat on the floor at the width of your hips.

    As if rooted to the ground!

  2. Back: Sit up straight without over-stooping or arching your lower back.

    As if you had the tail of a kangaroo and were sitting on it!

  3. Head : Your head rests naturally and relaxed on the top of your spine.

    As if you were suspended by a puppet wire!

  4. Lips : Round your lips and extend forward without pulling on your neck.

    As if you wanted to touch the microphone with your lips.

  5. Stomach : Breathe calmly using your diaphragm, letting your stomach go in and out gently.

    Like the back-and-forth motion of waves in the sea!



For younger users

The child may imagine he/she is a tree : the feet are roots going into the ground, the back the trunk that rise up straight, the head the foliage.

Mime the rain sprinkling down to make the child grow, grow, grow.


Forbrain G+: Enhancing voice quality with Forbrain®

Read more about the research study here.

 

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Before you purchase the FORBRAIN through our account by using the link you should know:

  1. You will receive a 10% discount on the device
  2. We also receive a percentage due to you purchasing through our office.

ATA utilizes these funds to support those who cannot afford our services from time to time. Amounts are small, but every little bit helps towards our goal to serve others.

Newsflash

The Development of Reading and Writing Skills

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, researchers, neuropsychologists / educational psychologists, medical practitioners, social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the 7 building blocks of reading and writing.
  • To review neuro-anatomy related to reading and writing.
  • To identify different assessments that may be helpful to assess reading and writing more fully.
  • To review a computerized version of a reading program that will improve reading decoding and comprehension.
  • To provide 5 different program ideas in developing writing.
  • To present case studies for demonstration of techniques and outcomes.

Assessed: Questionnaire

Sensory Ideas for the Classroom that Works!

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, classroom assistants, researchers, neuropsychologists, educational psychologists, social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide an overview of 7 Sensory Systems and application to learning behavior
  • Practice assessment tool for different sensory learning profiles
  • Provide 30 practical ideas for improving sensory classroom behavior

Assessed: Questionnaire

ReadOn for Reading Intervention

Target Audience:

Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, educators, researchers, neuropsychologists, educational psychologists, medical practitioners, social workers.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide an overview of the 7 building blocks to proficient reading
  • To review neuro-anatomy related to reading
  • To identify different assessments that may be helpful to assess more fully.
  • To provide perceptual related components of each of the 7 exercises / games
  • To provide lab experience of the software for workshop participants
  • To discuss outcomes of different pilot studies.

Assessed: Questionnaire

DIR203 DIR/Floortime online course

Level of course: Advanced
Have to show completion of levels 201 and levels 203 courses

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, play therapists, parents, psychologists, medical practitioners, mental health clinicians, social workers, residential treatment staff, registered nurses, child welfare professionals, adoption and foster care agency staff and administrators, educators, and researchers.

Learning Objectives (in brief, more fully explained at www.icdl.com)

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of own functional emotional developmental capacities, interactive styles and coping tendencies under stress
  • Identify own strengths and areas that require further development in their understanding and application of the DIR Model® and Floortime™ Intervention
  • Apply in-depth, discipline specific concepts learned in DIR 201 and DIR 202, analyzing how individual differences of children or adults can interfere or help promote the mastering of the 9 functional emotional developmental capacities
  • Summarize the child and adult’s unique profile based on all his or her 9 functional emotional developmental capacities and individual differences
  • Revise application of DIR® concepts and Floortime™ principles based on personal reflection triggered by observation, group discussions, personal evaluation, readings and lectures, embracing the power of self-examination and self-observation in expanding capacity to stay regulated and “in the moment”

Assessed: Presentation of 2 case studies on PowerPoint including video.

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