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Device to help children with autism holding open house Tuesday

ABC 15 | Device to help children with autism holding open house Tuesday | By Max Walker

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Valley company behind a new device to help those with autism relieve stress and anxiety is holding an open house on Tuesday.

Last month, ABC15 first reported on "Buzzies," a wearable technology controlled via Bluetooth that uses stimulation to reduce the wearer's natural fight-or-flight response to situations that cause stress or anxiousness.

The devices have been hailed for helping to increase focus, performance and sleep.

Tuesday TouchPoint Solution, the company behind the product, is holding a drop-in launch party where the first 200 people who have ordered the devices from the company's website can pick up the item. Any unclaimed Buzzies will be available for sale, according to a flyer published by TouchPoint. 

The company has also increased its fundraising goal on Kickstarter with the hope of being able to donate more Buzzies to families in need of financial assistance.

Semifinalists named in spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge

Phoenix Business Journal | Semifinalists named in spring 2017 Arizona Innovation Challenge | By Hayley Ringle

Seven Arizona-based software companies and six bio and life sciences startups have been named among the 25 semifinalists in the spring 2017 round of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Innovation Challenge.

The bi-annual business plan competition for promising early-stage companies in high-growth industries will award $1.5 million this round to the most qualified, innovative startups.

Winners receive up to $250,000 each to grow their business to advance innovation and technology commercialization opportunities in the state.

“Arizona has become a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship – and programs like this help foster and retain talent right here in Arizona,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Congratulations and best of luck to the semifinalists. I can’t wait to see their final pitches, and watch them grow in Arizona.”

Almost 150 applications were received for this spring round from companies across the state and one from California looking to relocate to Arizona.

Judges assessed each company application based on a set of criteria that looked at technology potential, marketing strategy, quality of management team and economic impact.

The 25 semifinalists are (listed in alphabetical order, including industry and base city):

  • Attribytes Inc., IT - Software, Chandler
  • BMSeed, Bio & Life Sciences, Phoenix
  • ClickIPO, IT - Software, Scottsdale
  • Codelucida, IT - Hardware, Tucson
  • CuraNexus, IT - Software, Phoenix
  • Cut Carbon, Advanced Manufacturing, San Diego, California
  • Dataware Ventures LLC, IT - Software, Tucson
  • Digital Bioanalytics Inc., Bio & Life Sciences, Phoenix
  • Electric Torque Machines Inc., Advanced Manufacturing, Flagstaff
  • EpiSys Science Inc., Aerospace/Defense, Tucson
  • Hourbands Corp., Bio & Life Sciences, Tempe
  • Hydronalix, Aerospace/Defense, Green Valley
  • MWI Laboratories LLC, Aerospace/Defense, Tempe
  • Naya Energy, Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Phoenix
  • Paradigm Diagnostics, Bio & Life Sciences, Phoenix
  • PerioEndoscopy LLC, Bio & Life Sciences, Scottsdale
  • Photocentric Inc., Advanced Manufacturing, Phoenix
  • Prospectify Inc., IT - Software, Tempe
  • Recruiting.ai, IT - Software, Scottsdale
  • Resonea Inc, Bio & Life Sciences, Scottsdale
  • SalesTalk Technologies LLC, IT - Software, Scottsdale
  • The TouchPoint Solution, IT - Hardware, Scottsdale
  • Titan Industries, Advanced Manufacturing, Tempe
  • VB Cosmetics Inc., Advanced Materials, Chandler
  • Zero Mass Water Inc., Cleantech/Renewable Energy, Scottsdale
Hayley Ringle covers technology and startups for the Phoenix Business Journal.

Touchpoint Solutions Awards Crowdfunding Campaign Winner A Meeting with the CEO as She Visits the Philippines

PRWeb | Touchpoint Solutions Awards Crowdfunding Campaign Winner A Meeting with the CEO as She Visits the Philippines | By Melissa Digianfilippo

The Touchpoint Solution CEO Vicki Mayo will present one of the company’s first international crowdfunding campaign winners in Manila, Philippines this week. The Touchpoint Solution is the company behind Buzzies, a new wearable technology that can reduce stress and anxiety in as few as 30 seconds.

Lauriel Lambon is a teenage boy who dreams of becoming a ship captain some day. Lauriel was diagnosed with autism when he was four years old. His mother, Aileen, nominated him for assistance in raising the $239 needed to purchase a set of Buzzies. Aileen wrote about Lauriel’s passion and fascination for ships and the sea, and his ultimate dream in her crowdfunding campaign.

“For four years in a row he always had sleepless nights thus affecting all of us in the family. He becomes an over thinker about future events and his plans. He also got frustrated when he had realized that his dream of becoming a ship captain would not come into reality. He became aware of some of his academic limitations and that added to his anxiety. But he is a very sociable person. He loves to talk to people and is excited to join events where there are a lot of people,” said Aileen Lambon.

Lauriel’s campaign recently funded and Mayo decided to make the trip to personally deliver his Buzzies. Mayo will meet with Lauriel and Aileen on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Manila.

“It is part of our mission at The Touchpoint Solution to be able to provide assistance wherever possible for people to have access to our game-changing technology,” said Mayo. “We are able to do this through our scholarship program, which has already funded more than $30,000 in Buzzies to individuals and families in need, and now through our individual crowdfunding campaigns. Our goal is to grow the company to a point where we can giveaway one set of Buzzies for every two sets we sell.”

Mayo also said that The Touchpoint Solution is actively moving into the Philippines market as the company has already received significant interest from customers in the area.

Launched in December of 2016, Buzzies are non-invasive, wearable devices that use patent-pending neuroscience technology, called BLAST (bilateral alternating stimulation–tactile), to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as improve focus, reduce cravings, improve performance, man-age anger, reduce sensory overload and better enable sleep. BLAST works to interfere with the body’s Fight, Flight or Freeze (F3) response to stress and anxiety. The F3 system depletes the body of energy, mental strength and overall quality of life. When the F3 system is activated, all non-essential functions in the body shut down, such as logic and reason. BLAST technology can help bring the body into a calmer state.

Buzzies technology is designed to work for anyone, but has been shown to be especially beneficial for gifted children or those with autism or ADHD, working professionals, First Responders, and parents who want a cost-effective solution to help diminish stress in real-time.

Buzzies are worn on the right and left side of the body, but do not need to be touching skin to work. Wearers use the Buzzies App to turn on the vibrating units and choose one of the six pre-sets for sleep, focus, cravings, calm, performance or anger. Individual settings can also be easily customized.

Buzzies are available for purchase at http://www.buzzies.com. A set costs $239 and includes two Buzzies devices (one for each side of the body), charger, charging cables, clips and watchband attachments.

About The Touchpoint Solution
Neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin and child advocate Vicki Mayo founded The Touchpoint Solution in late 2015 with the mission of bringing relief to the millions of people who suffer from stress and anxiety. Over the last decade, Dr. Serin’s work in therapy and neuroscience led to the discovery that a component of successful PTSD treatment could be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli. Dr. Serin used quantitative electroencephalogram data, existing neuroscientific research, and archival data to quantify significant brain changes after just seconds of use. Dr. Serin recognized that this method was too powerful a treatment to be confined to doctors' offices due to its effectiveness and simplicity and partnered with long-time friend and child advocate Vicki Mayo to bring the Buzzies to the world. For more information please visit http://www.thetouchpointsolution.com

About Buzzies
Buzzies are non-invasive, wearable devices that use patent-pending neuroscience technology to relieve stress and anxiety, improve focus, reduce cravings, improve performance, manage anger, reduce sensory overload and better enable sleep. They can be worn on both wrists or can be placed in more discrete locations, such as socks, pockets, etc. Buzzies need to be worn on both the right and left side of the body to be effective. Buzzies officially launched to the public in December 2016 and are available to purchase online at http://www.buzzies.com for $239.

The TouchPoint Solution™ Launches 2nd Wearable Tech Product in 6 Months

MILTECH | The TouchPoint Solution™ Launches 2nd Wearable Tech Product in 6 Months | By Maciej Heyman

TouchPoints are non-invasive, wearable devices that use patent-pending neuroscience technology to relieve stress and anxiety, improve focus, reduce cravings, improve performance, manage anger, reduce

It’s not fair to confine this technology to a doctor’s office. That was the main reason why I created TouchPoints™ and feel TouchPoints™ basic can impact even more people by making it more affordable and accessible to all.

If there is one common factor afflicting this world, it’s stress. From increasing intrapersonal hostility to critically impairing the immune system, there is no debate over the detrimental consequences of stress. Since the launch of its premier neuroscientific stress-hacking wearable device, TouchPoints™ original (formally known as Buzzies), Scottsdale-based company The Touchpoint Solution™ has committed itself to shifting this power dynamic back into the hands of its users, empowering them to diminish up to 71% of their stress in just 30 seconds. Now, just six months after that initial campaign, the TouchPoint™ team has introduced its second wearable tech product, the widely anticipated TouchPoints™ basic, via an Indiegogo campaign on June 5th.

TouchPoints™ basic were designed with the user in mind, offering customers a streamlined model of the original stress-busting TouchPoint™ devices, perfect for customers looking for affordable, effective, fast-acting stress relief.

Similar to its first wearable tech product, TouchPoints™ original, TouchPoints™ basic use BLAST (Bi-lateral Alternating Stimulation Delivered Tactile) technology by emitting gentle, alternating vibrations to reroute the body’s stress-driven fight, flight, or freeze (F3) response and restore the nervous system to its normal functions, allowing users to think clearly and experience calm. The new devices come in a variety of fun, stylish colors, and operate independently of an app, making them ideal for users searching for powerful stress relief that is easily incorporated into everyday life.

“I’m a true believer of giving access to neuroscientific discoveries to everyone in need,” explained Dr. Serin, Ph.D., TouchPoint™ Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder. “It’s not fair to confine this technology to a doctor’s office. That was the main reason why I created TouchPoints™ and feel TouchPoints™ basic can impact even more people by making it more affordable and accessible to all.”

Based on the already successful product TouchPoints™ original, this new version is designed to relieve stress and anxiety, as well as improve focus, reduce cravings, improve performance, manage anger, reduce sensory overload, and promote more restful sleep.

TouchPoints™ basic are available to preorder starting at $99 at https://igg.me/at/touchpoints.
A set includes two TouchPoint™ devices (one for each side of the body) as well as charging cables, and clips for attaching the devices to clothes. Additional accessories, including colorful wristbands, are available for purchase separately.

Visit the TouchPoint Solution’s™ media page for more information (https://thetouchpointsolution.com/a/press-kit)

About The Touchpoint Solution™
Neuropsychologist Amy Serin, Ph.D., and child advocate Vicki Mayo founded The Touchpoint Solution™ in late 2015 with the mission of bringing relief to the millions of people who suffer from stress and anxiety. Over the last decade, Dr. Serin’s work in therapy and neuroscience led to the discovery that a component of successful PTSD treatment could be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli. Dr. Serin recognized that this method was too powerful to be confined to doctors’ offices and partnered with long-time friend and entrepreneur Vicki Mayo to bring TouchPoints™ to the world.

About TouchPoints™ basic
TouchPoints™ basic are non-invasive, wearable devices that use patent-pending neuroscience technology to relieve stress and anxiety, improve focus, reduce cravings, improve performance, manage anger, reduce sensory overload and promote more restful sleep. They come in a set to be worn on both the right and left side of the body, on wrists or in discrete locations such as in the hands, socks or pockets. TouchPoints™ basic are available to preorder starting at $99 at https://igg.me/at/touchpoints.

TouchPoints™ are a neuroscientific lifestyle device. They are not a substitute for medical treatment nor are they intended to cure any medical condition.

Touchpoint Invents Two Little Squares That Reduce Stress and Help You Focus

TechDigg |Touchpoint Invents Two Little Squares That Reduce Stress and Help You Focus | By Trenton Paul 

For those that who suffer with anxiety, nervousness, or even have trouble sleeping due to night terrors, there hasn’t really been a resource or aid to help with these conditions. We’ve tried medications, counseling, and other avenues, but nothing really worked. Now, however, a new system from The TouchPoint Solutions seems to be the type of gadgets we’ve all been waiting for.

According to the company’s websiteTouchPoints are a non-iInvasive, wearable device that uses patent pending neuroscience to relieve stress in as little as 30 seconds.”

The wearable gives us a way to relieve stress and allow better focus during times in which we feel anxious. It’s super discreet and can either be worn on your wrist or placed in your pocket, as it works the same either way. The company stands by their statement that by using the device for as little asjust 5 minutes a day, you can increase your overall performance and focus.

How does it work?

TouchPoints original is very easy to set up, which makes it ideal for users of all ages and technological savviness. The wearable itself just straps onto your wrist with ease, so it’s very simple to begin using. TouchPoints can also be worn in pockets, socks, or tank top straps.  The wearables correspond with a smartphone app that allows the user to take advantage of multiple types of settings.

Through the app, you can choose one of six preset options that each have a particular center of attention: sleep, focus, craving, calm, performance, and anger. If none of these meet your individual needs, you can also set custom levels for frequency, intensity and overlap.

When you feel stressed or anxious, just simply turn the TouchPoints on and the you will feel a gentle bilateral vibration. press the button on either device and the signal is sent. “TouchPoints use BLAST technology transferring alternating vibrations to alter the body’s Fight, Flight or Freeze (F3) response to stress and anxiety and to restore homeostatic nervous system functioning, allowing you to think clearly and experience calm,” says the company.

The company TouchPoint Solution has also begun manufacturing another generation of the device, TouchPoints basic. The basic version still gets the job done by sending signals to help you stay calm and focused, but without having to use an app. The idea behind this version was to give those without constant access to a smartphone the same opportunity to use the gadget in the exact same way someone would be able to take advantage of the original version.

You can also choose from a range of colors for your TouchPoints basic wearable – Fuschia Pink, Marine Green, Cornflower Blue, or Graphite Gray – whereas the TouchPoints original comes in Black only.

Who came up with TouchPoints and why?

I had the opportunity to speak with the co-founders of TouchPoints, Dr. Amy Serin and Vicki Mayo to understand more about where the idea came from, how it came to fruition, and more. These two very inspiring ladies were more than happy to answer any questions I had.

What prompted you to develop such a product?

Serin: “I was a neuro psychologist for a decade and saw many patients without access to the things they needed. It was not fair to confine a device like this to doctors’ offices when we could allow open access for all. Stress is the culprit of our everyday lives and TouchPoints helps handle it.”

Mayo: “My daughter suffered from night terrors and after using TouchPoints, she was able to sleep through the night and wake up without feeling cranky or tired. I told Dr. Serin about it and we began thinking of ways to get this type of device out to others who need it.”

Who is your target consumer and why?

Mayo: “Everyone. Anyone who suffers from stress, lack of focus, or anxiety.”

What kind of feedback have you received from consumers so far?

Serin: “Executives and professionals use to TouchPoints to improve performance, enable better sleep, and to calm down from anger and irritation in certain work situations. Moms use them for themselves and their children. They even share with friends who need it. Anesthesiologists, EMTs and other medical professionals also use the device on patients to help them overcome anxiety and stress.”

What do you say to those who are skeptical?

Serin: “First, I say ‘Thank you.’ I then urge them to read the research behind TouchPoints. This isn’t new technology; it’s been used for decades. If you have a solid base of scientific data and proven use, then you have something good – and we know that. The device is non-invasive and if they just try it out they will see a difference in hope they feel and cope with stress.”

During research trials for TouchPoints, 71% of people saw a reduction in stress within the first 30 seconds.

Do you plan to further develop TouchPoints

Mayo: “TouchPoints original will see a few upgrades and we will develop it further. In addition to the existing presettings for sleep, calm, optimizing performance, users will see a new analytics dashboard for easier navigation on the app. We are also working on a less expensive version that doesn’t need an app to work. On June 5, the TouchPoint basic Indiegogo campaign will launch.”

You can check out the Indiegogo campaign for TouchPoints™ basic here.

What’s next for The TouchPoint Solution?

Serin and Mayo have not just developed devices that can help us through everyday stressful situations, but they also work hard behind-the-scenes to create a more inclusive world around them.

Their company has set up a scholarship fund to help those who cannot afford access to TouchPoints be able to receive them and to tell their own stories of how the device is able to change their lives. To apply visit the website at ilovetouchpoints.com and fill out the simple application.

The company also helps people with disabilities be able to work by hiring them onto The TouchPoint Solution staff. For instance, every one of the TouchPointpackages are filled and shipped by people who are legally blind. The ladies claim this is just one way the company tries to implement more ‘conscious capitalism.’

Here at TechDigg, we are inspired by more than just this really awesome gadget. The story of how TouchPoints came to be, the masterminds behind the project, and the upcoming devices and features that will help so many more people gain access to this gadget are all part of this great big world of innovation and passion. We are excited to see how TouchPoints grow and touch those who have been waiting so long for a device like this. You can check out the TouchPoints story and more for yourself here.

You can also support this awesome device on their IndieGOGO page here

The TouchPoint Solution Announces Lifestyle Product Rebrand

The TouchPoint Solution Announces Lifestyle Product Rebrand

The company’s popular wearable technology will be renamed “TouchPoints” to better align with customer feedback and experience

Scottsdale, Arizona (PRWEB) June 01, 2017

Following a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and user feedback period, The TouchPoint Solution has announced the company will rename its leading neuroscience lifestyle product to “TouchPoints,” formerly called “Buzzies.” The updated name aims to more accurately describe the non-invasive wearable devices, enabling consumers who are exploring the product to better understand how the technology works, and ultimately, begin their own journey toward stress relief.

Sold as a set of wearable devices, TouchPoints use BLAST (Bi-lateral Alternating Stimulation Delivered Tactile) technology that transfers alternating vibrations to alter the body’s stress-driven Fight, Flight or Freeze (F3) response and restore homeostatic nervous system functioning, allowing users to think clearly and experience calm.

“Dr. Amy Serin and I started this company just over 18 months ago with one goal: Helping reduce stress in people’s lives,” said Vicki Mayo, CEO and Co-Founder of The TouchPoint Solution. “Today, there are over 5,000 TouchPoint devices worldwide accomplishing that mission and improving people’s lives. To reach more people, however, we wanted the product’s name to line up with what consumers understood it to do, who it was for, and how it would work – an insight our current customers helped to uncover.”

Customers who purchased the patent-pending technology devices since December’s launch have reported that just 30 seconds of using the product can reduce stress by up to 71 percent. They also shared that they were pleasantly surprised by the positive experience using the devices – the product’s name created initial confusion in their minds about how it might work (such as shocking or loud “buzzing” sounds), and who it might be meant for (children versus adults). Once they tested the product and realized its effective simplicity, they wanted to make sure others knew.

“Our customers are our best source of inspiration for the work we do,” said Amy Serin, PhD, Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder. “It’s only natural, then, that we would make their feedback and comments so integral into our business. In addition to this name update, we will continue to listen to user feedback to help evolve neuroscience technology and products that help people relieve stress and improve their lives.”

TouchPoints are available for purchase at http://www.TheTouchPointSolution.com. A set costs $240 and includes two TouchPoint devices (one for each side of the body) as well as charging cables, with additional accessories, such as colorful wristbands, available separately.

The TouchPoint Solution’s second product, TouchPoints Basic, will be launched via Indiegogo in later this year, bringing a lower-cost model of the devices to market for customers looking for a simple way to reduce stress.

For more information, visit http://www.TheTouchPointSolution.com.

About The Touchpoint Solution 
Neuropsychologist Amy Serin, PhD, and child advocate Vicki Mayo founded The Touchpoint Solution in late 2015 with the mission of bringing relief to the millions of people who suffer from stress and anxiety. Over the last decade, Dr. Serin’s work in therapy and neuroscience led to the discovery that a component of successful PTSD treatment could be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli. Dr. Serin recognized that this method was too powerful to be confined to doctors' offices and partnered with long-time friend and entrepreneur Vicki Mayo to bring TouchPoints to the world. For more information, please visit https://thetouchpointsolution.com.

About TouchPoints
TouchPoints are non-invasive, wearable devices that use patent-pending neuroscience technology to relieve stress and anxiety, improve focus, reduce cravings, improve performance, manage anger, reduce sensory overload and better enable sleep. They come in a set to be worn on both the right and left side of the body, on wrists or in discrete locations such as in the hands, socks or pockets. TouchPoints are available to purchase online at TheTouchPointSolution.com for $240.

TouchPoints are a neuroscientific lifestyle device. They are not a substitute for medical treatment nor are they intended to cure any medical condition.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/06/prweb14385986.htm

 

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Techy Agent- Buzzies - The wearable that reduces stress - CES 2017

Scottsdale entrepreneurs place stress relief in the palm of your hand

The Arizona Republic - Scottsdale entrepreneurs place stress relief in the palm of your hand - By Georgeann Yara

It all started with two phone calls between friends in 2015. The first was out of desperation and helplessness. The second arose from gratitude and joy.

Vicki Mayo’s daughter was experiencing vivid night terrors from which Mayo could not wake her. And Mayo needed help.

“For parents, this is one of the most terrifying things ever. Your child is screaming, thrashing … and you can’t wake them up,” Mayo said.

She called her friend Dr. Amy Serin, a neuropsychologist and founder of the Serin Center in Peoria, and asked her for advice. This was call No. 1.

Serin had harnessed a certain technology into a handheld device but wasn’t sure how it could be used. She was researching the impact of stress on children and was working to provide a solution. This device was the result of her work at that time. Serin suggested Mayo give it to her daughter during an episode.

Mayo did. It worked. Her daughter was able to calm down and go back to sleep. The next morning, she was in a great mood — which, Mayo said, never happened after a rough night.

The happy second call came from Mayo the next day.

“I called Amy and said, ‘What was that voodoo magic you gave me and what are you doing about it?’ ” recalled Mayo, a career entrepreneur.

'This is something everyone needs'

Together, they came up with a response to that question and formed the Touchpoint Solution, a company that produces an advanced version of the original device called Touch Points —  a pair of lightweight squares that can be worn, held or clipped onto clothing. They send vibrations that the company says disengage the body’s instinctive "fight or flight" response to stress. They operate using bilateral stimulation, which means they must be worn on both sides of the body  — the arms, socks, pockets, bra straps, etc. — to allow the vibrations to travel across the body, Mayo explained.

Mayo and Serin hired an engineer and worked on the product, which was formerly known as Buzzies, before introducing it into the market in 2016. The $240 price tag includes a set of Touch Points and the app that makes them work.

More than 5,000 Touch Points have been sold as of March, generating more than $750,000 in sales, Mayo said. They are sold through the website to customers in the U.S, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. They sell out quickly; in fact, the company went through a six-week dry spell during which it had several thousand requests on the wait list, Mayo said.

“It’s been a whirlwind because this is something everyone needs,” she said.

Mayo may be right. According to the American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress, and 73 percent report experiencing psychological symptoms caused by stress. Forty-eight percent say they lie awake at night due to stress.

Company feedback indicates that 71 percent of Touch Points users report a stress reduction after using them for 30 seconds, Mayo said. Medical research shows similar results. Mayo and Serin have run tests on users experiencing stress and used a brain scan, quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG), to measure the impact of Touch Points. The scan shows a 90 percent reduction in beta waves after 30 seconds, according to company data.

These results indicate it’s not a gimmick or placebo effect, Mayo explains.

“It’s not just a product. It’s a fundamental change in how we treat stress. It’s so life-changing,” she said.

Clients include people with sleep difficulties, first responders, people with stressful occupations and executives. Some are companies that use them in their general wellness plans. School districts have also purchased them. A call-center company reported that its agents’ ratings increased after using them, Mayo said.

Clients have found non-professional benefits, too. Mayo mentioned moms who use them while having morning coffee to get centered, give them to screaming kids in the car on the way to or from school and even hand them to husbands to diffuse potential arguments.

“This is the culture of instant everything. Most don’t have the time to do yoga, meditate and be mindful. They need instant stress relief,” Mayo said.

Making an impact

As a vice president of an international technology company who’s always on the go, Joe DePalo rarely has the time to hit a yoga studio or do deep breathing in a quiet space for an hour when he’s in a tense situation or preparing for big meeting.

When yoga and meditation apps failed to help, someone told DePalo about Touch Points.

“Medications have side effects. I was looking for non-medicine, non-traditional solutions to manage the stress and anxiety that comes from life,” said DePalo, who recently relocated from Phoenix to Seattle.

He admitted he was skeptical at first. But after giving Touch Points a try, DePalo was convinced. He said it allows him to concentrate on a single thought and also break off an obsessive one, similar to when a song gets stuck in your head and you can’t stop it from playing. They have helped him improve focus, and he uses them to write presentations and puts them in his pockets before and during crucial meetings.

“I use it as a reinforcement in how I manage the day-to-day business and my job,” he said.

DePalo’s son uses them before baseball games, and his daughter held them for a few minutes to clear her mind before taking the SAT, he said. The whole family has experienced benefits, and so has DePalo in more than just his professional life.

“I use it at home. It’s helpful in setting a clear work-life balance. It’s my way of decompressing and eliminates the need for a drink or a walk,” he said. “It allows you to be in the moment with your family, kids and spouse.”

This technology is not new. Mayo explained that PTSD victims have been receiving similar therapies for decades. But that treatment has come with a $200- to $300-per-hour price tag that involves a trip to a therapist’s office.

“You don’t have to take time out of your day to do yoga, and you don’t have to take medications with side effects. You can do this and can keep talking to a friend or cooking dinner,” she said.

Touch Points are manufactured in the United States, with the majority done in Tempe. All packaging and shipping are done by blind employees. For each set of Touch Points that’s sold, Mayo and Serin donate a set to someone in need as part of their A Touch of Hope Scholarship program.

“We weren’t interested in making millions of dollars. I believe it is our greatest obligation to humanity to help others,” Mayo said. “It’s not about the money. It’s about how we can make an impact on society.”

The Touchpoint Solution

Where: Scottsdale.

Employees: 20.

Interesting stat: Annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work totals $300 billion, according to the American Institute of Stress.

Details: 877-778-6824, thetouchpointsolution.com.

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Not So Obvious Signs Your Child May Be Gifted

North Valley Magazine - Signs your Child May be Gifted - By Dr. Amy Serin

You may have heard “Every child is gifted in their own way,” — although certainly every child is special — this saying no longer holds up any more than saying “every child is tall in their own way.” When we measure giftedness, some children score higher in domains like abstract reasoning and mental control than others.  Children who test in the top 1-10 percentile (depending on whose definition of giftedness is being considered) are gifted.

It is important to identify gifted children who may need specialized education and differential parenting to account for their differences.  And while private IQ testing can make the determination, here are some other not so obvious signs your child may be gifted.

  1. They can exhaust you with questions

Show me a child who absorbs concepts like a sponge and asks a million questions about it and I’ll show you a parent who is exhausted at the end of the day!  Many gifted children integrate concepts and show incessant curiosity.  One 7-year-old gifted child watched a video on Bangladeshi children walking over bridges to get to school and said: “well at least they don’t have to travel on that treacherous road that’s in Bangladesh to get there.”  This was followed by about 30 questions about the road conditions in the country in general, and what the school might actually be like.

  1. In earlier grades, they may not start off knowing more, but they don’t need as much repetition to learn

Kids whose parents emphasized early learning might appear gifted in early grades, but these differences may be a factor of exposure and may wash out over time.  If a kindergartener starts school knowing a lot of math facts, I’m not going to assume that child is gifted. It’s the abstract reasoning that is the key.  Observe the children who say “yeah, I got it” or “yeah, I know” when they’ve learned something and don’t need repetition that other children need to retain it.  Making gifted children show their work or copy things over and over to learn when they’ve already mastered a concept is tedious and often unnecessary, and teachers should consider not wasting their time on repetition after they master a concept, which is often faster than you might think.

  1. They might have terrible executive functions

There are many reasons kids might be messy, hyperactive, or poor at planning and organizing tasks.  However, there is some evidence that gifted children’s brains mature at a different pace than others and they may have poorer executive functions until around age 13.  So if a child seems smart but is disorganized, don’t assume that means they aren’t gifted. The opposite may be true.

While school testing attempts to identify giftedness, these tests only correlate to the actual IQ tests. So if you think your child might be gifted, seeking private testing from a licensed neuropsychologist may give you a more definitive answer.

By: Dr. Amy Serin, Neuropsychologist & Co-Founder of The Touchpoint Solution

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