THE SCIENCE BEHIND
"Success begins with good habits: start early.
Reinvent how you spend time with your kids."
The magic of human development occurs most rapidly between birth and 8 years of age, when brain cells and the connections between them form. Connections become wired. It is during this critical window that the developing brain must receive enough stimulation, and if it does not, it is very difficult to rewire later. Behaviors are formed through a complex gene-environment interaction, and providing an optimal environment for your child is essential to giving them the highest chance of succeeding.
Routines are an important element of structure that help shape behaviors that lead to success. Just like it is difficult to rewire a brain later in life, it is also difficult to change behaviors and habits past age 9. Start early.
Parenting is one of life’s most rewarding, and most important roles - if not the biggest! We know it firsthand. That’s why we at JOY want to give you the tools to parent with awareness through knowledge, and empowerment through our unique line of wearables.
What does the routine bring?
A child is not a vase that we fill, but a spring that we let flow.” - Maria Montessori
The presence of routine in daily life brings many benefits to children. Here are some of the most frequently cited by educators, psychologists and parents:
- It creates a sense of trust and security in children. They are reassured by knowing what will happen "after".
- It helps young children develop their autonomy: if they know exactly what to do in different situations (e.g. sleep time), they are more likely to do so on their own.
- It allows young children to find their way in time: children know that bath time comes after dinner, then the pajamas, then teeth brushing, then the story, then ... Whatever routine you adopt, it helps the youngster know what to do according to the hours of the day.
- It allows them to create habits for the future: for example, brushing teeth after lunch and dinner, putting away one toy before taking out another, etc. These are small gestures that seem unimportant but will have a real influence on the future life of your children (and on their dentist bill!).
- It allows parents to be less authoritarian and not to use the reward / punishment method systematically: a child who is accustomed to a routine is not reluctant to perform the tasks requested.
- They create a sense of anticipation: you should not include only "required" things to the daily routine of children, but also fun activities. If the kids know you're reading a story, hug them or tickle them after a series of activities, they'll be eager to finish and enjoy this intimate moment.
Routines for what?
All activities that are repeated daily can be organized into a specific routine. This includes:
- Waking and sleeping: toilet, body care, dressing and undressing, putting on pajamas, etc.
- Meals: sit down when they are called, get up when you give them the right, put their bowl / plate in the sink, and so on.
- Times for nap.
- Play time: We suggest you don't regulate play periods in a strict manner, because it is at this point that kids let go and develop their creativity and social skills, but it is a good idea for each game period to end with a session of cleaning up. Your family routine may include a song that children particularly like. Thus, they will know that when this song is played, they can get up and dance ... by arranging the blocks!House chores, when the children are older.
JOY is a behavioral platform that follows an adaptive coaching model. We are invested in creating unique wearables for individuals across the lifespan. JOY continues to grow its evidence-base by partnering with different organizations.
McGill University completed a successful feasibility study that was designed to test the efficacy of neuro-suggestion on children ages 6-13 with behavioral disorders and impaired self control. Octopus Watch helped frame positive expectancy and self-healing in this sample. It was found that the effects of suggestion and placebo-based interventions have potential for treatments.
The results of the partnership with McGill University were so promising that the study is currently being replicated on a bigger scale in Canada & France.
What we Measure
Our studies have measured the child’s ability to initiate tasks independently without intervention. We have also looked at the child’s ability to engage in self-monitoring for health conditions using the Octopus Watch.
Scientific Advisory Board
Corine Jimenez-Gomez, Ph.D., BCBA-D
The Scott Center for Autism Treatment
Florida Institute of Technology
Dr S. Veissière
Raz Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Stepping Stones Preschool
Creativity lab teacher
The Scott Center for Autism Treatment: autism
Northern Vermont University: autism
McGill University: ADHD
Pfizer: growth deficiency hormone
TREND: prader-willi syndrome
Nemours Hospital: type I diabetes
Interested in collaborating with us?
JOY is devoted to enhancing the lives of children with special needs. We donate all watches to collaborators who are interested in doing research projects with the Octopus Watch. Our teams are prepared to work with you to adapt the app to suit your population’s needs.
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