Homeschooling is an adventure that sometimes requires special tools for success. Whether you have kids who need help due to chronic illness, gifted intensities, special needs, or speech difficulties, the right tools make the work easier. How to Use Your Voice to Boost Your Brain focuses on Forbrain, a bone conduction headset designed to enhance your voice.
Disclaimer: I was provided a Forbrain headset and I was compensated for my time in writing this post. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.
I haven’t written much about our experience with Apraxia.
It seems like ancient history now.
But, some of you may still be in the trenches with intervention, diagnosis, and therapy.
Our third born was diagnosed with severe apraxia when he was just over two years old.
He had the receptive language of over 3 years and the expressive language of a 9 month old.
And even then, he could not make all the sounds a 9 month old can make.
He received in home speech therapy services twice a week for several years with the promise that we’d do therapy ourselves a third day.
The therapist our early intervention case manager wanted for us only worked two days a week.
She knew we were good for the third day.
Jennifer is a gem. She homeschooled her children.
We worked hard with Isaac.
Waking up the nerves in his face.
In fact, for the first 9 months of therapy, all of his sentences were signed.
As soon as he learned sign language, he was talking a lot!
Then one day, the sounds he was working on turned to words.
The rest is history.
Using Your Voice with Forbrain to Boost Your Brain
Forbrain is a bone conducting headset that enhances your voice and gives you instant feedback since you can hear your own voice as you speak.
Recording devices will let you and your students hear their voice, but using audio recordings does not give real time feedback to your ears because you have to play it back to hear yourself.
The headset is real time feedback on your voice.
It’s also pretty fun.
Who doesn’t love the sound of their voice?!
It’s also an open and go unit.
That’s a big deal in a homeschool with many needs and students who require extra time and attention.
Benefits of Using Forbrain to Boost Your Brain
Periodically, I would check in with a speech pathologist on how Isaac’s speech was coming along.
For the most part, he was following the developmental guidelines.
At about 13, we knew he was still struggling with articulation and first impressions are a big deal.
I contacted Jennifer, his therapist (who had since moved away) and showed her one of my blog videos featuring Isaac.
She agreed he should have some articulation therapy.
But, at 13 our options were slim.
Our local public school won’t bother with articulation in middle school.
All the other local programs were booked solid.
We ended up doing speech therapy again for a year with a therapist at the hospital. One hour a week, one on one.
It was glorious.
One of the things we did most often is read aloud.
Isaac has trouble with the letter R and when he talks as fast as his brain can deliver thoughts, he will drop syllables and it’s difficult to understand him.
Getting voice feedback slows him down and helps him to speak more clearly.
Some benefits of using Forbrain:
- Improves speech fluency
- Improves pronunciation
- Allows users to discriminate sounds
- Increases focus
- Helps with memory
- Encourages sensory integration
- Enhances auditory processing
How to Use Your Voice to Boost Your Brain
Homeschooling families who purchase Forbrain are looking for solutions to learning difficulties with focus, attention, memory, speech, and auditory processing.
Here are some ways we have put Forbrain to the test:
- Study for tests– by going over flash cards using the head set
- Read aloud– especially good for fluency and articulation practice
- Dictate passages– as you do assignments
- Narrate a process– talk through your thinking
No matter what activity you are doing, Forbrain will give you and your students real time auditory feedback.
If you are looking for help with attention and focus, using the headset will set you and your students up with success.
Everyone loves talking into a microphone!
Forbrain is like wearing one with speakers right to your ears. You can’t help but take notice.
And, that is how the headset works.