Not to get too technical with the science of the brain, but there's a simple way of explaining how Swap Ts™ helps with brain function, social emotion learning and mindful communication.The brain has different areas and ways of processing information based on how it receives information. The amygdala processes fear and emotional information, thus creating "freeze, flight or fright" responses. When the amygdala receives information via screens and devices, the brain will respond emotionally, not rationally. Again, with an intense era of technology just about everywhere, kids are being “tricked” into thinking they are having meaningful and mindful communication through their devices. In actuality, kids are unable to access reasoned and rational responses unless the prefrontal cortex is engaged.Prefrontal cortex engagement happens with visual and verbal personal communication, allowing the brain to process information more freely and calmly. This is how Swap Ts™ helps with brain development and mindful communication. By getting kids to talk about (and look at) patches, the prefrontal cortex is engaged and can process the information with reason and rationality. Mindful communication happens when kids slow down and take time to see, talk and share common interests. Many schools have implemented social emotional learning (SEL) in their curriculum. Kids are learning, “Yes, we have our differences, but we can still find common ground on which to come together.” This is magnificent! Kids are better able to see themselves in a positive future, learning how to work with each other because they have learned to find common ground and increase their social awareness with each other. This is exactly how Swap Ts™ amplifies SEL.
So, with the simple swap of a patch, kids are:
Now, who's ready to start swapping patches and get their brains going?
- Building friendships
- Finding commonalities (which inspires more kindness)
- Making connections from the heart instead of through thumbs
- Stimulating brain growth (soothing the amygdala and lighting up the prefrontal cortex through verbal and visual exchange)
- Understanding we all have something to share with each other (despite differences)
- Breaking down barriers of loneliness, race, language, technology, shyness, and disabilities
- Supporting social emotional learning and social thinking
- HAVING FUN!