Do you rely on stories to explain the Focus Systems? We understand because you have so many great ones! Your stories and case studies are a great way to explain how the Focus System and Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) work and the results.
To make it easier for you to explain to your clients and colleagues, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you to use as you discuss the science behind our solutions.
Our Clinical Director, Ron Minson, MD, speaks at many different conferences and symposiums. He has a very clear and understandable way of describing how and why the Focus System is effective. Following are some short video segments that help to explain the key concepts:
On the importance of sub-cortical processing and the bottom-up approach, Dr. Ron stresses, “the more simultaneous multi-sensory stimulation, the better brain function is going to be.”
On the importance of movement, Dr. Ron explains, “without body organization, you won’t have brain organization.”
Here, Dr. Ron gives a brief summary of how it works.
Quick! You have 3 floors on an elevator to explain the Focus System solution to someone. What do you say?
Here’s a suggestion:
The Focus System helps improve body/brain organization and function in people of all ages! The method is based on science … the brain changes in response to stimulation. And this happens throughout our entire lifespan! Isn’t that awesome?!
To accomplish this, the Focus System uses a multisensory intervention … organizing the body (think of it like the foundation), then organizing the brain, getting ready for higher cognitive functions, like reading, memory, attention. And, if you’re anxious or stressed, it’s much easier to self-regulate to a state of calm when your mind and body are attuned. It works!
The Focus System, as well as the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), are clinical interventions based on the science of neuroplasticity – that is, that the brain grows, changes and creates new pathways in response to stimulation and input from the environment.
And because body organization is essential for optimal brain function, the Focus System specifically combines movement with our music and language components. A client’s ability to accept new learning is influenced by their physiological or emotional state. To address this, the SSP helps with state regulation.
Together, these lay the foundation for higher cognitive functions like reading, processing, memory and emotional regulation. This is a “bottom up” approach to brain development.
As stories of client success are great examples for how effective our solutions are, we’d like to collect more. Please share your experience with us!
Short vignettes are perfect. Simply share the experience of a client in a few sentences. Include photos and videos (with the client’s or their parents’ approval) if you have them. In fact, if you even want to share your story quickly over the phone, we can write it up for you. We will highlight these on social media and on our website. The more, the better: your experience may give an idea to another therapist or parent with a client or child with a similar situation. And more people being helped is a good thing.
For those who enjoy digging in and reading the research, the following are a few studies that we’d recommend. Many more research articles and case studies are available in our resource section.
Effectiveness of the Focus System in meeting therapeutic goals for children with sensory over-responsivity and auditory processing problems and in affecting physiological state:
Research by Drs. Sarah Schoen, Lucy Miller and Jillian Sullivan of the SPD Foundation published in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention in July, 2015.
Effectiveness of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) in improving auditory processing and state regulation:
The second of two peer-reviewed studies involving a total of 292 children using an early version of the SSP led by Dr. Stephen Porges and published in International Journal of Psychophysiology in June, 2013.