"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~

Monday, November 13, 2017

Forbrain {Sound for Life LTD}~ Review

Hello dear readers. Do you or someone you love struggle with ADD, ADHD, APD, or any type of Speech and Language difficulties?  Do you or anyone you know need help with short-term memory or sensory integration? Our son has struggled with language difficulties his whole life. We were blessed with the opportunity to review Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD.

Sound for Life LTD is a Hong Kong based company. They are committed to helping children and adults with various needs. These are those whom have difficulty with attention, memory, speech, understanding (comprehension), and processing sensory information. Sound for Life LTD’s mission is to enhance these cognitive abilities.  

Their product Forbrain is a headset designed for people with attention difficulties, Speech and language problems, or poor memory. It can be used with anyone ages 3 to adult (although the younger ones do need supervision). Forbrain “enhances language and learning by improving attention, concentration, verbal working memory, and short-term memory”. Just as the company’s slogan says, you can “use your voice to boost your brain”. Forbrain corrects the way you hear your own voice which leads to better speech production.

Forbrain unboxing

For our review we were sent a headset device (with Dynamic Filter, Bone Conduction transducers, and High quality Microphone), a USB cable, a User’s Manual (with instructions in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, ect.),  extra condense buds (for the microphone), and an instructional brochure. All of this came well packaged in a hard cover black case. Before you can get started using the device, the internal rechargeable battery must be fully charged. This can take up to 3 hours. Once it is fully charged it is ready to use.

To use the headset you put the wraparound head band behind your neck with the transducers resting on the bone in front of your ears. The transducers sit on your temples NOT in your ears. It is suggested you leave the volume at the preset level. You only need to turn it up or down if the person using it has poor or hypersensitive hearing. Forbrain can be used to read aloud (alone or with a parent), when talking to someone else, to tell a story or recite a text, practice singing, and even be used when working with a professional (therapist). It should only be used once or twice a day for anywhere from 10-20 minutes. For those in the senior age bracket it can be used up to 30 minutes in a session. Allow anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks to see any results.

CJ wearing device
Some benefits of regular, brief daily practice with Forbrain are:

1) Helps improve speech fluency, pronunciation, sound discrimination and rhythm (for clearer and more effective communication).
2) Improves your ability to listen carefully and communicate.
3) Helps you improve your short term memory (skills impacted are reading, writing, and chatting).

Our special needs son was the main one we used this with. He did not enjoy wearing the headset at first. He had to get used to hearing the sound of his voice (because when wearing the device your voice sounds modulated). His reaction reminds me of how he doesn’t like to look at himself in the mirror. This is not uncommon for kids with Autism. In the beginning I chose to only have him wear it for 15 minutes each day while he read to me. After daily use for a couple of weeks it did not seem to bother him so I up the time to 20 minutes. After a few weeks of use I did notice how he would slow down and try to pronounce his words more clearly. Before using the device we would always have to tell him to speak up when he reads. His tone was much better when he read with the headset on.

It’s been about six weeks since we started. He even says he can hear the difference in his voice now. I tried the headset a few times myself while talking to people over the phone. I was shocked at how my voice sounded. My husband wore it once or twice himself. He was shocked at how his voice sounds. He was able to noice he has a speech impediment. Using the device takes some getting used to but with consistent practice you can begin learning what corrections need to be made. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew also had a chance to review Forbrain.  Click on the banner below to read what they had to share.

Forbrain {Sound For Life Ltd Review}

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Thin Stix Creativity Pack~ Review

Hello lovely readers. Let’s talk about paint today. I know some mom out there at this very moment is cringing thinking about kids verses paint. There are warning signs going off in her head. She thinks of the furniture, carpets, clothes, ect. that can get ruined as her budding little artist is having a joyful time creating his or her masterpiece. Don’t fret mom I have good news for you. Move over messy paint, brushes, cups of water, and coverings for everything in site.  There’s a mess free way to do art thanks to Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. Be sure to read through this review to learn more because there is a surprise waiting for you at the end. 

Thin Stix

The Pencil Grip, Inc. was invented in 1992 by educational therapist Dr. Lois Provda. This company offers hundreds of unique and innovative products for the home, school, and office. We have never used any of their products before, but I had heard great things about some of them. More and more I became curious as to why their Kwik Stix was loved by many. I was thrilled to learn we would receive their Thin Stix Creativity Pack to review.

Thin Stix unboxed

For our review we were sent the Thin Stix Creativity Pack. It is a pack of 24 solid Tempera Paint Stix. This creativity pack can be enjoyed by kids ages 3+. It can be purchased for $19.99. There are 12 classic colors like red, brown, purple, black, and white. Then there are 6 neon ones. These are bright colors like orange, yellow, pink, ect. There are also 6 metalix colors. These colors have a little shimmer to them. These come in colors like gold, silver, and green.

These Thin Stix can be used on poster board, cardboard, paper, wood, canvas, and more. They go on creamy leaving a pain-like finish, but dries very quickly. Unlike other paints it only takes 90 seconds to be completely dry. When you need more paint you just twist the bottom to gain more access to it. It’s like using glue sticks. The size of the Thin Stix are perfect for little hands. They remind me of the fat crayons or markers the little pre-schoolers and kindergarteners use.

Swatches on cardstock
I did some swatches on white cardstock to show the pigmentation of each color. My camera doesn’t show the full effect of some colors (like the shimmer in the metalix). The Thin Stix are not “thin” in appearance like a fine tip pin or skinny markers. The Thin Stix Creativity Pack is a thinner version of their regular Kwik Stix. It allows you to paint with finer detail, and provides full coverage to your artwork. Now let me share with you a few ways we tried out our Thin Stix Creativity Pack.

Thin Stix-printer paper
My high school son has some pages we printed to use as subject dividers. We plan to put these in his school portfolio that I put together by the end of each school year.  Above you see a page he did for his Algebra course he’s currently taking.

Thin Stix artwork

This next one he did for his Biology course. He said he would have loved to use something like this to paint with when he were younger. Like some children with Autism, he did not like getting stuff on his hands. He hated using bottled glue, and did not care much for using water colors either. This would have been perfect for him. I think the Thin Stix Creativity Pack would be a good purchase for parents, Day Care providers, Sunday School teachers, homeschool groups, and school classrooms too.

Thin Stix-canvas
Who says the Thin Stix Creativity Pack is only for kids? I got in on the fun and used them myself. My hubby and I had one of our date nights during this review. We got creative and used a few of the Thin Stix to paint these canvases. We used a combination of dual brush pens and Thin Stix for our creation. Can you tell which canvas the Thin Stix was used on? I think it all paired together nicely.

I also tried using them in my bullet journal. I don’t have pictures of that to share. I’m still working on getting it to look presentable. I was able to use it like washi tape on some of my layouts. I’m still working on trying to neatly draw borders around some sections. It would be nice if The Pencil Grip, Inc. could make more of these with fine-medium point tips to use when one wants to add more detail to their artwork. I found the bright colors to be good for highlighting some of my words too. There wasn't a heavy bleed through the back of the pages. You especially don't notice any with the lighter colors.

Now as promised (in the opening) I have a special surprise for my readers. The Pencil Grip, Inc. has generously offered to allow me to host a giveaway to bless one of my readers. They will provide one of you a Thin Stix Creativity Pack of your own. It will be sent to you FREE of charge! Here are the contest rules:

* The contest starts 11/7/17 AM and ends on 11/14/17 at 12:00 AM
* Only U.S. residents can enter to win
* Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter to enter.
* Must sign in with a valid email address to enter (I need to be able to contact you if you are the winner).
* For the winner: Please do not send P.O. Box info. (only physical address is acceptable)
* Winner MUST respond back to me within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.
* Prize will be sent to the winner directly from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

With Christmas fast approaching this would be a nice present for the little ones. I hope you take the time to enter. Winner will be chosen randomly. I will announce and contact the winner right after the contest has ended.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope you stop by to check out The Pencil Grip, Inc. Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew also had a chance to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack.  Click on the banner below to see what they had to share.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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