Good Vibrations - The Reynolds Clinic LLC

Good Vibrations

The Problem

Managing students in the classroom often places a heavy burden on the teacher who has limited time and few resources at her disposal.

As a result, it is often the case that children who are frequently off task become the focus of disciplinary measures, which over time, erodes that child’s confidence and self esteem. In addition, the teacher may have to repeatedly interrupt the class session in order to redirect that child which is not fair to the other students in the classroom.

Sometimes the child primarily receives some form of punishment while on-task performance is not as frequently reinforced. This can lead to a downward cycle of low self-expectations leading to a negative attitude toward school and learning.

The Solution

The technology allows the teacher to redirect the student in a way that is both respectful to the child and convenient for the teacher through the use of positive reinforcement.

The main benefit of using over a period of several months is that the child becomes more aware of his actions in the classroom discreetly and respectfully. Over time the child will learn the importance of classroom discipline so that off-task behaviors decrease while on-task behaviors increase.

The net effect of is a more engaged child and a classroom that is more conducive to learning.

Description of the Technology

The technology allows the teacher to redirect the student in a way that is both respectful to the child and convenient for the teacher through the use of positive reinforcement.

The main benefit of using over a period of several months is that the child becomes more aware of his actions in the classroom discreetly and respectfully. Over time the child will learn the importance of classroom discipline so that off-task behaviors decrease while on-task behaviors increase.

The net effect of is a more engaged child and a classroom that is more conducive to learning.

When the child is off-task, the teacher presses the toggle switch down triggering the reminder vibration which serves to remind the child to focus and return to the task. Once the child has regained his focus and is on-task, the teacher can then press the same toggle switch upward sending the positive vibration (four short, gentle vibrations) at which time a point shows up on the LED display on the student’s watch. At the end of the classroom period, the student can then exchange the number of points earned with an appropriate, pre-arranged reward.

Typical User

Classroom teachers find to be quite useful to redirect students who unnecessarily and frequently interrupt the class. It also makes the hassles of paperwork and charts a thing of the past. The device automatically records all events, time stamped, graphed out and collated for daily, weekly and monthly comparisons. Results can easily be e-mailed home, keeping the parents informed and involved in their child’s progress in the classroom.

* IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan and is commonly used for a student who may be having difficulty learning. Good Vibrations is not intended to treat any medical or behavioral condition, syndrome or illness nor is it a medical device of any kind.

Testimonials

“The Good Vibrations system is unique and it allows better tracking, better variability of delivery, and more control by parents and teachers (than other systems), but the basic notion of providing feedback via vibrations is conventional and has been around for 20 years.”

-Dr. Harvey Parker, Clinical Psychologist.

“For years I have wished that someone would design a way for a teacher to be able to quietly give a child a private “way to go!” for reaching a goal or for maintaining “good behavior” in class or to be able to provide a silent reminder to the student when a problem behavior first starts (before coming to the attention of the whole class). Good Vibrations seems to be exactly what I’ve wanted. Given the positive initial responses and the system’s technical capacity, I am even more excited to be working with Good Vibrations and Behavioral Therapeutics to provide evidence of its effectiveness.”

-Dr. Vanessa Jensen, Children’s Hospital Cleveland Clinic.

“So far, my son and I have used the product in our home. He’s been resistant and ashamed, but my kid was all over it (Good Vibrations). He’s been able to do more and likes keeping score. I noticed improvement the very first time he tried it.

Based on my in-home results, I am eager to trial this professionally in our program.”

-Dr. Chris Rachal, Nicholls State University

I allowed Tim Morgan to explain the product functions and demonstrate the capabilities. I then hit Tim with a barrage of questions that centered on the things that I knew educators would ask. Would the device single out a student and lead to labeling? How can a teacher manage the device and manage other students in the classroom? Lastly, when would a device like Good Vibrations be deployed?

As we began to discuss these questions, I started to think about today’s classroom. Teachers are dealing with discipline issues daily and have resorted to yelling at the students or sending them to the office. All of the current systems that are now in place seem to pass the discipline issue on to someone else.

I became convinced that Good Vibrations can help our children when I saw changes in the students in our summer program. The students improve the first day that the product was used. It is my belief that Good Vibrations can provide a valuable and effective strategy for helping students learn.”

-Shawn Braxton, CEO, Braxton Educational and Technology Consulting

“I was not receptive to the device whatsoever. I challenged Tim Morgan about how the device functioned. I expressed that the device seemed to be a device that would be used to train dogs. However, I had some intelligent children who lacked positive social behavior and their parents were receptive to giving it a try on trial basis.

We designated two children and received the consent of their parents. I was in awe to witness how effective the Good Vibrations method improved the two assigned children’s behavior. It was unbelievable, the children were coming to me to check how many points they had earned for demonstrating positive behavior. They also came to me when they received the warning vibration and were able to identity what they had done inappropriately. The two students became competitive to which one could earn the most points for positive behavior. The device was very effective and I would recommend it for school settings and for families to use as a reward and discipline method.”

-Au’Dree M. Calhoun, Coordinator for Braxton Educational and Technology Consulting

“(Prior to using Good Vibrations) I was providing the student with negative attention each time I gave verbal demands…I am thrilled with the results I’ve seen from Good Vibrations. He is motivated by trying to improve his “score” each day and seems comforted by my ability to send messages without drawing attention to him.”

-Third Grade Teacher, Connecticut

“The Good Vibrations unit actually gave my student privacy and dignity in my interaction with him in the area of attention and focus.”

-Fifth Grade Teacher, Connecticut

“Having the class know that he had been chosen for something special was wonderful. Contrary to his more often than not “glass half empty” approach to life, his attitude regarding the bracelet (Good Vibrations) was always positive. We believe it made him much more accountable for his performance.”

-Parent of 10 year old classroom student, Connecticut