Can’t Get Started on Tasks (kids)
Kids who struggle getting started on tasks may have too much mental chatter or feel overwhelmed due to stress. For many, this may be struggling to get started on homework, chores, or personal hygiene care. Caregivers can provide TouchPoints as a helpful tool in getting kids started on important tasks.
TouchPoint Solution’s wearable devices are embedded with patented BLAST (bi-lateral alternating stimulation tactile) technology. BLAST is scientifically proven to alter the body’s “fight or flight” response caused by stress. The wearables emit alternating vibrations that disengage your standard stress response (sympathetic nervous system), and shift you into the calm, logical side of your brain (parasympathetic nervous system).
Excess levels of cortisol may be released as your body’s response to stress that may result in task avoidance. A triple blind placebo-controlled trial with athletes showed TouchPoints™ stabilized cortisol levels during stressful events and reduced the level of stress. (Leal-Junior, E. C., Casalechi, H. L., Machado, C. dos, Serin, A., Hageman, N. S., & Johnson, D. S., 2019)
A LASTING SOLUTION
When using TouchPoints™ consistently to overcome procrastination, overtime you may not need them in certain situations as the task may become less stressful because of your TouchPoints™. One of the ways BLAST works is by creating new neural pathways that help modify the memories that trigger our stress response. With continued use of TouchPoints™, these new neural pathways can build overtime, progressively reducing the release of stress related hormones that can cause procrastination.
When to use TouchPoints
Start 5-15 minutes before you should start task or while you are talking through the strategy
HOW to use TouchPoints
Place TouchPoints on your wrists, ankles, clipped to pant pockets, or simply hold them.
Activate TouchPoints on the Medium/Yellow setting.
Caregivers should help with the first step of the task if the child is still struggling to get started. Continue using TouchPoints during the task to improve focus if needed.
“Whenever my son thinks of the TouchPoints, he knows that his anxiety is going to go down. TouchPoints help regulate his anxiety, which makes stressful things, like math, not shut his brain down. The devices are small and can be discreetly placed in pockets or socks or even just held in hands. The concept almost seems too simple to be so effective, but TouchPoints are a great tool that my son can use independently to manage his anxiety.”
-Matt and Kimi B.
Leal-Junior, E. C.,Casalechi, H. L., Machado, C. dos, Serin, A., Hageman, N. S., & Johnson, D.S. (2019). A triple-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial of the effect ofbilateral alternating somatosensory stimulation on reducing stress-relatedcortisol and anxiety during and after the Trier Social Stress Test. Journalof Biotechnology and Biomedical Science, 2(1), 22–30.https://doi.org/10.14302/issn.2576-6694.jbbs-19-2784