***This review is in partnership with ReVibe and Fokus Labs, all opinions expressed on Growing Up Greens remain my own***
I’ve talked about our struggles with Kolton here on Growing Up Greens before, but incase you’re new around here, Kolton (among other things) has been diagnosed with ADHD. He’s very distractible and tends to do the minimum that is expected of him so he can move on to something more fun.
I got first hand experience with how his ADHD effects his learning last year while we were homeschooling. When he’s supposed to be working, he’s constantly thinking up another “really cool story” to tell you, or getting up to sharpen his (already sharp) pencil, or thinking about what he’s going to eat for lunch.
When Kolton was initially diagnosed with ADHD they put him on medication, and while it did just what it was supposed to do, he lost the spark in his personality. I just didn’t like it for him, and set out to find alternatives to the medication.
Disclaimer– I am absolutely not a doctor, so I’m not giving medical advice, also I don’t judge any parent/doctor team that has decided that medication is the right choice for their particular child/patient, just giving my experience.
After trying endless combinations of vitamins and diet changes, I ran across FokusLabs’ RE-vibe.
It’s an anti-distraction wrist band, that Kolton can wear on school days. It works by sending out a different set of vibrations every few minutes (using an algorithm) based on three different distraction levels- mildly off task, moderately off task, and significantly off task.
When I gave it to Kolton we talked about how it was a reminder for him to be on task. When it vibrates he needed to ask himself if he was on task or not, if he was on task–great, but if he wasn’t doing what he needs to be doing, it was a reminder to get back to it.
We got our RE-vibe right before our school’s fall break. It was actually perfect timing, this gave us a week for Kolton to get used to wearing his new wrist band, and practice asking himself if he was or was not on task.
Last week he took it to school for the first time, and Monday afternoon he came running out of school so excited that he had “green” on his classes behavior chart for the first time, this means he needed zero reminders all day! He was thrilled because he doesn’t want to be getting in trouble all the time, he wants to be well behaved and do what is asked of him, it’s just hard for him.
I’ve noticed a major shift during homework too. Using the RE-vibe wrist band’s “Homework” mode, what used to take us at least an hour and a half is now taking us about half the time, because he is less distractible. The RE-vibe’s homework mode also reminds Kolton when it’s time to take a break and more importantly when it’s time to get back to work after his break.
The RE-vibe is super easy to program, all it takes is a push of the button (located inside the band) with the (included) programing tool. FokusLabs tells you to start at level one and adjust as needed, we’ve chosen to stick with level one because it’s working for Kolt.
What I love about the RE-vibe wrist band is it’s not a toy. There is no screen to play with, there is no buttons to mess with, no sounds to distract classmates. It simply works as a reminder to check yourself, just like a tap on the shoulder.
On a full charge, the RE-vibe bracelet lasts all week. Just put it in sleep mode by taking it off and setting it flat, and the next day when he picks it up, it wakes right back up, no need to turn it on/off.
Since we’ve only been using Kolton’s RE-vibe for two weeks, I can’t speak to it’s long term use. But, I can tell you that I have seen a huge shift in my highly distractible 8 year old boy, and I would definitely recommend it.