My first thought when Forbrain was offered to the Crew members to review was it would be perfect for my sweet girl Peanut and helping her speech. She does have some difficulty with speech and exhibits signs of auditory process likely as a result of being born prematurely.
Forbrain is designed to help with attention, concentration, speech, and memory. You speak into the microphone and the different frequencies are filtered before you hear it delivered through your bones. Yes, your bones! The sound is delivered through your bones and the bone conduction. I recommend checking out their site which is packed full with tons of information including information about auditory processing, Forbrain’s auditory technology, and completed scientific studies and studies that are still in progress.
Forbrain is for ages 5 to adult. Young children until teenagers should use it for 15 minutes daily and for teenagers and above 20 minutes daily. You can wear it longer than the suggested times but not to use it longer than 2 hours a day. Then the headset should be worn 5 days a week for at least 6 weeks. Forbrain can be used alone, with parents, or with a professional such as therapist, teacher or coach.
When the package arrived the headset came in a very sturdy zippered case. Inside the case, the headset is well protected by a foam insert. The headset is wireless and has a high quality adjustable microphone. There is also a USB cable to plug into your computer for charging. A user manual, a quick start guide, and additional microphone covers are also included.
The first thing that you need to do when you receive the Forbrain is to charge it. After the battery is fully charged you will get over 6 hours of use before you need to charge it again! The Forbrain headset is not worn like a regular set of headphones. It hooks over your ears, wraps around the back of your head and the bone conduction transducers rest in front of your ears. The headset is universal and will fit both small children and adults. There are no specific set of written exercises that come with Forbrain but is designed to be used based on the needs of the individual students. You can use it while talking, reading, or doing other activities.
Forbrain works! I was very impressed and I saw results quickly. Peanut wore the headset during various times of our days. Sometimes it was when we were working on school work and other times it was worn while she was playing with her siblings in the house. She wore it for at least 15 minutes every time and sometimes a bit longer. Where I saw the results were during the other times of the day when she did not wear the headset. Peanut was remembering to speak louder and more clearly without having to be reminded, like she did prior to using Forbrain. In the pictures above Peanut is using Forbrain during Spanish. Our Spanish curriculum is an interactive video based program and the children repeat various words and sentences throughout every Spanish lesson.
Sweet Pea wore it while singing and also while watching her Spanish lessons. In the pictures above she is using it while we are watching our Spanish curriculum. She liked that she could hear her own voice. Lil’ Bit while not using Forbrain during the review enjoyed trying it and she smiled saying that she likes, “hearing my voice loud”. I also tried it and found the headset to be very comfortable to wear.
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