By Laura O’Neill
My young adult son has been working to help the brain develop new connections with Soundsory from Sound for Life Ltd as part of the Homeschool Review Crew. As always, all opinions are our own.
As parents, we want our kids to grow and thrive to find a level of success in life. Sometimes a child has struggles that make it more difficult than others around them. This could be anything from developmental delays to being on the autism spectrum. Regardless of the underlying issue, parents of these children recognize that things are just not as easy when compared to someone considered ‘average’ or ‘normal.’
A QUEST TO HELP THE BRAIN DEVELOP NEW CONNECTIONS
For years, we struggled in our house with one of my sons. He has never officially been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. However, I know he can check off many of those boxes on the diagnostic exam. He also showed signs of possibly having dysgraphia.
Some subjects have always been more of a struggle for him. He is a wonderful reader and can score off the charts on comprehension of what is read. But, spelling and handwriting are painful. Without spell checker, some of his writing would be a bit more interesting to discern. Early in high school, I noticed that he could do the math yet write the wrong numbers down for the answer.
Through the years, he has found coping mechanisms for some things. And I am fortunate to be a master at deciphering handwriting. But, sometimes I found myself beyond frustrated. Knowing that the brain is an amazing machine and can develop neural pathways to compensate is one thing.
Having a child learn to spell a word and then forget it a few days later is something else. And he would be frustrated to flunk a math test because he wrote down the answer incorrectly. Consistently, he did the work on scratch paper where it would be correct, yet the answer sheet had numbers all jumbled.
He’s officially a high school graduate on a gap year while discerning his future path. Community college is looking like a good possibility. Retaking the ACT to improve his score is on the schedule for this November. Along with that is a lot of math review and test prep.
I want him to be set up for success which is why my interest was peaked by this review opportunity.
ABOUT SOUNDSORY FROM SOUND FOR LIFE LTD.
In a nutshell, Soundsory is a multisensory program you can do in the home on your own schedule. 25 minutes of rhythmic music listening is followed by 5 additional minutes of music paired with body movement exercises.
One cycle through the Soundsory program is 40 days. While you can do subsequent cycles, the user needs to take a 4-week break between them.
Bone conduction is achieved with a special set of headphones that has a transducer in the band. This allows for complete auditory stimulation (through air and bone.) If needed, an inclosed headband can be used to keep the headset in position.
Music processed with neuro-acoustic modifications is preloaded onto the headphones. So, one pair of headphones can be used by multiple family members.
Working through the cycle is easy. You need to have a calm demeanor at the time and turn off those screens.
You select the particular day on your headphones. Day 01.1 refers to the 25 minutes of music for the first portion. You listen to this music while doing some activity (e.g. art, lego building, dancing, etc.) that does not involve screentime. Then, you load up the guided exercises on the Soundsory site for the last 5 minutes. The music for that portion would be Day 01.2 on the headphones.
Subsequent days are numbered in the same pattern. So, Day 11.1 and 11.2 would refer to the first and second portions of day 11.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM SOUNDSORY?
The short answer is that almost anyone can benefit from using Soundsory.
Encouraging neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change itself and create new connections, is the goal of the program. Anyone over the age of 3 can use the headset with the body movement exercises to see improvements.
Specifically, Soundsory can help people with:
– Motor delays, Balance and Coordination
– Autism spectrum and Developmental delays
– Sensory and Auditory processing disorders
– ADD and ADHD
OUR THOUGHTS ON SOUNDSORY AS A WAY TO HELP THE BRAIN DEVELOP NEW CONNECTIONS
So far it is only my one son who has been using the Soundsory headphones.
His initial comments included that the headset felt a bit uncomfortable (where it rests on top of your head.) I forgot to tell him it would be okay to do less than the full 25 minutes of music on the first few days if it was giving him a headache. He did notice that the headache did not reappear after the third day.
As an observant young adult, he notes that the music is similar in style. Yet, the volume would change throughout the cycle as well as sometimes having the sound muted. He didn’t understand the why behind it while this gal was geeking out on the neuroscience.
He had just over a week-long gap in the middle of the review period, so the final verdict is still out. His self-reporting indicated nothing noticeable to him.
My hope is that over time it will help him improve concentration and memory. That maybe those subjects where he struggles (e.g. math) will see improvement. As he is not an active student and we have not started back on math review, it is hard to say if improvement might already be there.
FINAL TAKEAWAY ON SOUNDSORY
If you have anyone in your life who can check off one of those issues listed above, then take a close look at this product. Later this fall, I hope to have my mom who has balance and coordination issues try it. And I might see if my nephew who is diagnosed on the autism spectrum could benefit as well. Truly, this is a product that can keep on giving.
Read her full review, here!