"The Freeze-Framer ---- Joy in the Classroom"
Brian Kabaker

A new computer technology called the Freeze-Framer has been a wonderful addition for many educators. This technology helps students learn emotional management tools like Freeze-Frame by displaying on a computer screen their physiological state through a live recording of heart rhythms. The more ordered the heart rhythms, the more accomplished is one's practice of the Freeze-Frame tool. Through graphs, charts, and three colorful games, student progress can be objectively monitored by reviewing recorded physiological data. A fingertip pulse sensor, plugged into the back of a computer, records the heart rhythm data and feeds that information into a software program. Because it is easy to use, fun, and accurate, educators are finding this tool very beneficial to reinforce the skill levels of their children. Their stories are just beginning to stream in but we can already sense the creativity and innovation that is unfolding.

Comments from Educators :

"It is such a fantastic tool! It is a direct way to see firsthand what is emotionally happening inside the students. Using the Freeze-Framer is a way to access their success rate. Some are doing well. Some are not. We give them a new assessment every 9 weeks to evaluate their effectiveness. The goal is to do better every time. They love it. They love the competition of competing with themselves." -Liz Steele, a teacher at Palm Springs Middle School, Hialeah, FL

 "I work with a student population that is not doing well in school, socially, emotionally and/or academically. My approach is geared towards making the individual's life easier, through teaching emotional and learning strategies. A typical scenario: mom and dad tell their child that he/she has to achieve at least a C+ grade average. The child then procrastinates in his/her studies. This avoidance can last for months. In addition, I have kids who experience emotional overload, uncontrolled impulsive behaviors, oppositional behavior, or problems regulating themselves. When these kids get on the Freeze-Framer, something extremely positive happens. When they start applying Freeze-Frame in one area, it begins to spill over in others. In general, the kids are able to be aware of their own internal states, whether it be anxiety or pleasure or issues of confusion. They begin to know that they have greater control over their internal states with a simple method they can use. Even the skeptics begin to feel better about themselves. I have two or three clients who are around 16 or 17 years old. Initially, they will say this is a "bunch of garbage." Then I put them on the Freeze-Framer machine. I ask them, "What is the feeling when you are around your parents?" Then the heart rhythms reflect that state. I respond, "Okay, what do you feel like when you are around your dog?" Again, the heart rhythms reflect that state. "Great," I say. "What is the difference? What is going on in your brain, body and heart? What happens physiologically when you are in that mood? Or what happens to you when you are taking a test and you are in that mood? Or what happens to your heart rhythms when you are around your buddies? Does it make you feel like your heart and brain are connected or are you feeling competitive and want to fight?" Overall, the use of the Freeze-Framer has provided for my clients a concrete tool which facilitates their ability to internally recognize and decrease their levels of anxiety and stress, thereby increasing their creative problem-solving skills and overall sense of joy. This reflects in a decrease in cognitive confusion, a decrease in communication problems, less sibling fighting, and a better all-around state of feeling good about themselves. -Madeline Falcone-Mills, MFCC, Director of The Learning Alliance, San Diego, CA
"A great example is a 12-year-old boy diagnosed with ADHD who first thing every morning wants to get on the Freeze-Framer. The tool helps him focus more and not get in trouble. When he gets restless, he Freeze-Frames, usually choosing the image of himself bicycling down a dirt road in his village as fast as he can. He has not had many discipline referrals in a year and a half. He is better able to cope with being in the regular classroom setting." -Jill Farrell, teacher at San Simon Elementary School, Sells, AZ
"I've been most successful with children when working with just the heart rhythm data on the screen. This way, I can interpret how they are doing emotionally by looking at the coherence of waves. They get immediate feedback. They might be at 100% middle or high entrainment for a couple of minutes, then the entrainment level drops off. After that, the students usually become more focused and try to get their levels back up. These sessions last from 5 to 15 minutes. In our school district, there are a number of kids who have trouble with writing. They become emotionally upset when they write. One second grade kid I have trained a number of times is especially vulnerable to getting upset. He is the biggest concern in the building because he can easily fly into a rage. Recently, I put the finger sensor on his left index finger and had him write his name with his right hand. As expected, there was no struggle at all in his writing. The next goal is to have him write a piece of poetry that he likes and pair this good feeling with the writing process. It will be interesting to see these results. On a personal note, I have also used the Freeze-Framer at meetings or when I'm on the phone talking. It is a great way to remind myself to stay focused on what is really important." -Don Wilson, a school counselor at Bellingham School District, Bellingham, WA

The effectiveness of this learning tool can be most accredited to  research-validated methods to help students deal with their increasing inner personal stressors, such as: peer pressure, anger and hostility, anxiety, depression, risky behaviors and not feeling understood.
You cannot cram learning skills into students filled with distress. Students need peace before information downloads. To facilitate this with our tools and techniques is our strength and foundation for success

For more information on the Freeze-Framer, please click here: http://www.heartmath.org/education/ffemehowdoi.html