Touchpoints are a new lifestyle technology backed by neuroscience to help relieve stress, symptoms of PTSD, ADHD and many others.
I ordered the Touchpoints Basic - which has 3 speeds - slow/blue, medium/green and fast/purple. I wanted to try both models, Basic and Original, however Original is on back order so Basic it is for now.
The kit comes with 2 Touchpoints, charging cable and clips. You will have to add on the wristbands if you want to. Wristbands come in a pack of 2 for $20 and sizes small or large.
I ordered the small wristbands, since I have the same size wrists as my daughter. Each set of wristbands comes with a connector. The bands have a tiny pin which clicks into the connector and then you can slide the wristband onto the Touchpoint. Considering my fine motor challenges, it took me forever to get the pin to click into the connector. My husband got them all in within a minute. Due to my struggle wit the pins, I chose to keep the connectors on - as pictured in top right. If you chose to use the clips, you can simply slide the wristbands off and connect the clip. Super easy.
To activate you simply press the button on the Touchpoint, press more times for different settings. The light will indicate which setting you are on. So far my daughter and I have used the slow and medium settings. We yet have to explore the fast setting. Pictured bellow is my daughter doing her homework with the Touchpoints clipped on her sleeves.
TouchPoints™ use Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) stimulation to give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body's fight, flight or freeze response.
I can definitely say, it helps my daughter to focus and get her homework done faster. She likes the vibrations. I have become "addicted" to the Touchpoints and been wearing them daily a work. As an adult with ADHD and Asperger's, it helps me focus and see things more clearly. Normally, I have to stem or fidget in order to focus. With Touchpoints, my body is completely calm - the vibrations give me all the "input" I need.
There are few things that need improvement. If you have sensitive hearing (can hear co-workers phone vibrating 3 cubicles away from you) then the Touchpoints are a bit loud. I thought it would bother me, but other's told me they cannot hear the vibrations and I got used to it where it doesn't not bother me anymore.
The other problem is the battery life. The Touchpoints are designed to be worn for shorter periods of time - not all day. If you are using them only for specific activities - like my daughter's homework, it will not be a problem. However, if you plan on using them most of the day - like me at work, the battery will run out in about 3-4 hours and will need to be recharged.
All in all, I LOVE the Touchpoints and can't wait to try them out on my daughter during different situations. We have yet to try the setting that would calm her down when she gets angry. In order to do that I have to do some coaching on keeping the Touchpoints on her body and activating them when getting upset.
I'm looking forward to see what other benefits they have for me, however I have to say the improved focus and hyperactivity is a HUGE one.
I will keep you updated on any new developments, please let me know if you have any questions or comments.