Bringing Calm and Focus to students at US public schools with Phonemic Intelligence

Sounds for Hope US                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

By Alice Moore

Every day in the newspapers and on the news we see concern for students who are distracted and unable to concentrate on their studies at school. At the most extreme, students are suffering from ADD, ADHD and other disorders where they are being medicated to help them focus and learn effectively which is only one solution to putting our brains in a balanced state.

We all know there are many reasons for these disturbing challenges and many side effects to the solution of medication, although necessary in some cases, this is controversial and not an option for everyone. Fortunately educators all over the world are passionate about additional solutions for this!

Tripura Foundation is a part of that solution. Through our cutting edge science based education: Phonemic Intelligence, we are changing the way teachers, families and students experience learning and education all over the world. I have had the amazing opportunity this year to work with Tripura Foundation and to pilot Phonemic Intelligence programs in the US.

In my hometown of San Francisco, we have been piloting our programs at several public schools and after school programs where students and teachers are challenged with overwhelm, anxiety and frustration about achieving all that they need to do in a given school day. In addition students face serious financial and emotional pressures that interfere with the ability to succeed at school.

Before our pilots, teachers say: “There is no time, no time to do all we need to do, we just cannot add another lesson.”

These feelings of constant overwhelm and anxiety, create a stressful environment for learning, for the teachers and the students.

We have a solution to support our teachers to create healthy environment for learning.

We encourage the teachers to put the core technique as a priority, setting a specific time each day to practice, so it’s just part of the routine. It takes less than 10 minutes. The results of this structure and continued practice are beneficial and essential for success and progress.

After a few weeks of regular practice teachers report that they now look forward to practicing the brain strengthening core technique and if they forget for some reason, the students are the first to remind the teacher: “Hey, we need to do our brain exercises!”

 At Spring Valley Science Elementary School, in San Francisco, 2nd grade teacher Courtney Cook reports that her students become calm, focused and ready to learn after they practice the less than 10 minute core technique of Phonemic Intelligence, a simple brain strengthening exercise using vocalization of sounds and hand gestures. Her daily practice happens after recess. “It regroups them after they have been outside playing, gets them focused and ready to learn”

No one can deny the change everyone feels in the room from after the exercise. Students are smiling, energized and ready to study. It just makes sense!

To learn more about our pilot programs in the US, contact us at: www.phonemicintelligence.com

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The Promise of Phonemic Intelligence

Labels Don’t Matter. Intelligence Does.

What do you think of this story?

“I am very happy to be autistic” says Jacob, 15 year old son of Kristine Barnett. Jacob was diagnosed with autism when he was 2, and doctors said he would never speak. But Kristine did not give up on her son and pushed hard to find a way out and when the teachers told her that there was no hope, she rebelled and took her own path.

“A lot of people thought that I had lost my mind,” she recalls. Instead of focusing on Jacob’s limitations, Kristine nurtured his interests. Now her 15-year-old son is on track to win a Nobel Prize for his work in theoretical physics.

Interestingly, I myself was mildly dyslexic and when I would look at a question in a test paper, the words would fly out and rearrange themselves and form a different question than the one in the test paper and I would often finish my paper…only to realize that I had written the answer to a question which wasn’t even on the paper. My parents and teachers thought that I day dream a lot and that I don’t even read the questions properly. They suggested that I focus more in the class and read the questions carefully. But it did not help since my problem was different. I never even mentioned this to anyone except once and at that time someone close to me laughed saying that I day dream too much, and that made me believe that I was stupid and could not even read a question properly. Luckily after I started practising the Phonemic Intelligence technique, this problem disappeared on its own and I am happy to share this story with all of you today. I would like children to benefit from this miracle technique. My own grades tell a tale.  I went from getting an average of 6 /10 to getting 9.2/10 in university.

I have since then started to strongly believe that labels do not matter, our intelligence does and I find Phonemic Intelligence is a great tool to boost our intelligence. Thank you.

Sunny Dasgupta

To learn more about our programs in the US, contact us at: www.phonemicintelligence.com

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Soft Skills Are Not Enough, Not Anymore

We have all been convinced that soft skills are a major contributor to success, they certainly are. But we have seen increasingly that people with even the best personalities and soft skills fall short in life only because they could not handle the pressures that life brings upon us. Handling pressure is being seen as a key skill in executive circles now a day. It’s always been so in athletics and sports. But now more than ever the stress of daily life leaves us fatigued and frustrated.

If this is the case with us, we cannot even begin to comprehend what it is like for our children and what they have to face. As parents, we try to do everything we possibly can so that our children can have a safe and secure life. But how are we to help them face that which we ourselves could not?

How are we to prepare them for things that we ourselves are not prepared for? The threatening economic conditions, weather, war, diseases. The worst is always yet to come. Are our children prepared for what’s to come? What can we do?

One thing is certain we need to remain relaxed under high stress, think clear, weigh our options and choose wisely to be able to live a life of sanity. Now, the question is how do we prepare our kids so that they are more prepared than we were?

Modern science has some answers for us. Increasingly, brain research is becoming a key area of focus for Government and Scientific community worldwide. This increased interest in brain research is born out of an anguish of the scientific community which claims we know less than 5% of our brain, or shall I say less than 5% of ourselves? More and more research is being funded to understand the brain. The importance of better brain functioning is well established and there have been numerous studies that have facilitated an understanding of how the different parts of brain control our psychology and wellbeing.

We at Tripura Foundation believe in leaving no stone unturned for our kids. We believe so do you.

Here is our comprehensive model for development:

Formal Education + Tutoring for Academic Success + Nutrition+ Brain Changing Education= Life Success

We know that formal education, tutoring, nutrition are easy to provide if you are relatively well off but how do you give them a better, faster and smarter brain? which is key in today’s world. The answer lies in Tripura Foundation’s Founder, Dr. Pillai’s 30 years of research on sounds and their beneficial effect on the brain. Studies done by Dr. Pillai and numerous other research groups have produced surprising results in very short time frames.

We are talking about helping our kids achieve higher grades, more peaceful behaviour and much better ability to handle the stress of daily life.

Phonemic Intelligence is our key solution to the many problems and challenges that face our children, problems that soft skill training and formal education are just not prepared to handle.

We appreciate you reading this message and if you feel interested in knowing more about our Phonemic Intelligence Programs, please contact us at: www.phonemicintelligence.com

Looking forward to a better future for all our children.

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Enabling Transformation at the Roots of Rural India

The four pillars of Indian society in villages are the mothers, teachers, post men and the family physicians. Tripura Foundation programs target all of these four pillars strategically to bring about a complete transformation in poverty and disease stricken rural India.

Here is how Tripura Foundation is doing it:

Empowerment of the mothers, who are central to the family structure and also essential bread winners.

~ Tripura Foundation is actively sponsoring creation of new employment opportunities through skills training for woman in rural areas. Initiatives:

  • Implement Cottage industries where widowed woman can learn how to prepare healthy packaged food for over 3000 HoPE children throughout India
  • Skills training in Garment Manufacturing
  • Providing support required to set up micro enterprises

Empowerment of the teachers, whose performance literally decides the fate of school going rural children.

~ Tripura Foundation hires and trains qualified teachers in rural areas and provides them employment opportunities through its nearly 100 HoPE Learning Centers across rural India. Initiatives:

  • Hire qualified teachers to work in HoPE Learning Centers , groom them to become models for the children and share best practices from across Centers
  • Collaboration with village schools by providing them with support and Brain Changing Phonemic Intelligence programs for students. The teachers get trained in Phonemic Intelligence techniques which are both beneficial to practice and delightful to teach

Empowerment of the communication system (symbolized by the ‘Post Man’), improving communication between the village and the outer world is very key to changing perceptions.

~ Tripura Foundation understands that changing perceptions is key to enabling growth. It sponsors programs that constantly educate villagers about advances in the outer world and this proves to be a great motivator for parents and children alike. Initiatives:

  • Operating nearly 100 HoPE Learning Centers which provide children with not only tutoring for better academic performance but also introduces them to advances in sciences and technology through initiatives which teach them about computers, internet and scientific discoveries
  • In 2014, open 10 Strategic HoPE Community Centers that will deliver computer training

Empowerment of the health care system (symbolized by the ‘Family Physician’), is critical to enhanced productivity and better standard of living.

~ Tripura Foundation acknowledges that one of the key weapons in the fight against poverty is the empowerment of health care systems. Tripura Foundation Founder, Dr. Pillai emphasises that poverty affects even the brain’s functioning as has been documented in many scientific studies. Initiatives:

  • Personal Hygiene awareness programs in all HoPE Centers
  • Health Camps in villages to provide high quality medical care
  • Launch of Food Banks to provide food security
  • HoPE for the Elderly program to feed and clothe the destitute elderly
  • Launch of Day Care Centers for younger children
  • Million Meals of HoPE program to provide food to the homeless and starving

There are many more that need us but we cannot do it alone. If you feel called to change the lives of millions, then join us in this fight against poverty.

To Donate go to http://www.tripurafoundation.org/donate.html

To Volunteer go to http://www.tripurafoundation.org/volunteer.html

 

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Northport Kindergartners Pilot Phonemic Awareness Training

Northport K-8 kindergartners took part in a pilot study at the school called “Sounds For Intelligence!” The program consists of brain-strengthening sound exercises. The core techniques include a series of sounds vocalized while visualizing parts of the brain, eyes, ears and back of the neck. The exercise is less than five minutes when used correctly each morning, and helps to create balance in brain function. Phonemic Intelligence uses a small unit of sound called a phoneme. The phoneme also carries intelligence and knowing. Phonemic Intelligence was first introduced as “Mind Sound Technology” in the USA, Canada and India. It has become popular in India among students from lower income levels. Phonemic Intelligence exercises, when correctly and methodically carried out, can increase comprehension, lower anxiety, enhance memory, reduce stress and promote a heightened state of learning capability. The program, hosted by Media Specialist Lynne Gruszka, includes teacher training, volunteer visits, debriefings and finally, celebrations. If interested, visit www.tripurafoundation.org. Special thanks to Palm City, Florida, doctors Brent Cooper and Becky Prostko for offering this initiative to Northport students. Pictured standing, back row from left, are Tiffany Tredor, Melody Nieves, Shana Cicio, Dr. Brent Cooper and Dr. Becky Prostko, along with a group of kindergartners.

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No Bar For Little Acts Of Kindness

THE TIMES OF INDIA

Published On: February 23, 2014

MADURAI: When 11-year-old N Archana was asked to help someone as part of her after-school activity, she chose to help Periyandi, an elderly woman neighbour. What started as an occasional activity in November involving a neighbour, turned out to be a regular affair with more elderly woman coming to her fold. On Saturday, the resident of Idayapatti was honoured with the Hope Hero Award for 2013 at a function held here.

B Yadeesh, trustee of the Tripura Foundation which has picked up Archana for the award, said she had won the maximum number of votes in an online poll conducted among its donors in December 2013. Archana was chosen from among three children nominated for their inspiring acts of kindness within their communities, he said.

Archana attends the after-school activity centre run by the Tripura Foundation. The volunteers at its Hope Centres were asked to do a compassionate act last Diwali. Archana suggested Periyandi’s name for offering sweet and dress. “After that, she started helping regularly elderly woman who is said to be even 100 years old,” Yadeesh said.

“Periyandi was old and helpless without anyone to take care of her. So I started helping her,” Archana said. She fetches coffee and breakfast to the centenarian before she leaves for school. Once she returns, she gets her tea and tiffin prepared at her home. Her father Nagaraj is a catering worker in Palani, while her mother is labourer.

Archana is a class 6 student at the Panchayat Union School in Idayapatti. “My mother and granny support me in the charity work,” the little girl said. She plans to buy some gifts for Periyandi using the cash received as part of the award.

“We wanted to honour her as hers will be an inspiring story for many children,” Yadeesh noted.

Ten visitors from Singapore who attended the award function lauded the awardees and the work of Tripura Foundation. They had come down here to learn about the Hope Centres run by it. The Foundation runs 90 centres across the country.

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On Baba’s Birthday we were able to open up 5 brand new HoPE
Centers and support 200 needy children.

The children that were helped were living in what some of the
volunteers are calling ‘the worst conditions they have ever seen.’

Considering how many impoverished areas these people have
witnessed over the years – that’s saying A LOT.

You see, Rameshwaram has a very unique set of circumstances.

Being an island it’s literally cutoff from the mainland, and the
usual support and opportunities simply aren’t available here.

It has led to a vicious cycle of suffering including:

  • An uncivilized, volatile fisherman community…
  • Rampant alcoholism…
  • Virtually non-existent hygienic standards…
  • A sub-standard education system with the average child
    unable to read till 12 years of age…

But thanks to you it’s all started to change for the better!

Watch this video to see the
difference you’ve made already >>

The local teachers and parents were so thrilled to have Tripura’s
support in uplifting their community, and there have been some immediate
results reported so far.

Remember how I mentioned how poor the hygienic standards were?

We wanted to change that so we also handed out ‘HoPE Gift Packs’
that include essential items such as:

  • Toothbrush & tooth paste
  • Soap & hair oil
  • Nail clippers & shoes
  • Underwear
  • Shirt & pants

Well, the teachers and parents shared how thrilled the children
were to receive everything they need for self-care.

In fact, they reported how the children immediately began brushing
their teeth and washing their hands – something they have resisted in the past!

Find out more about what happened
here >>

Its results like this that have motivated us to aim to uplift the rest
of the island…

That’s why we’ve decided to continue the incredible momentum that
began with Baba’s Birthday Celebrations to fuel an exciting NEW initiative -
HoPE For Rameshwaram.

Our goal is to literally transform all of Rameshwaram, and
permanently free it from its current cycle of suffering.

We’d like to start by opening 5 more HoPE centers to help 200 more
children.

I invite you to continue to partner with us to make this dream a
reality.

$10 will support one child and $300 an entire center [per month].

If you’d like to join us in bringing HoPE to Rameshwaram here’s
how you can help:

  1. Click this link
  2. Select donation amount
  3. Designate to ‘HoPE For Rameshwaram’
  4. Click ‘Donate Now’

Thank you for making it possible to change not only the lives of
the current people in Rameshwaram, but of all the future generations to come.

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Make A Commitment!

It is always a good time to sponsor a child for only $10 per month, three children for only $30 per month, and an entire HoPE Learning Center for a mere $300 per month! Click here to learn more: http://www.tripurafoundation.org/Education.html

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HoPE Comes To Mexico!

This center is located at La Pasion, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Most of the student’s parents are day laborers who earn less than $8 USD per day. Many of the fathers are addicted to drugs and alcohol, so they do not take care of their families. Their houses are like rough wooden shanties at best. The children were grateful to receive even blankets and thrilled about becoming educated at this Center of HoPE.

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Dr. Pillai’s Birthday Blessings

Today is Babaji’s Birthday. Today, in avery special way, he is radiating Love and Blessings to everyone.

As you think of him and feel gratitude for all the miracles you have experienced with him and his teachings, this opens your heart to receive the Blessings.

Thank you so much for making this Birthday the best one ever for Babaji. It is deeply fulfilling to see his students give so generously to help his people suffering on the island of Rameshwaram, his birthplace.

I’m happy to share that next week, we will be opening 5 HoPE Centers for the fishermen children of Rameshwaram, with more HoPE Centers and a daycare coming soon. We will also be starting a cottage industry for the widowed women of Rameshwaram who will be employed to prepare healthy packaged food for over 3000 HoPE children throughout India.

It feels like a miracle to me – thank you for being a miracle-maker to give a new life to people who really need your help, and are
near and dear to Babaji’s heart.

Love, Mohini

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