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ABC15 Arizona - Arizona-Invented TouchPoints, Formerly Buzzies, Now Helping 100,000 People With Autism

Arizona-Invented TouchPoints, Formerly Buzzies, Now Helping 100,000 People With Autism

PHOENIX - One out of every 59 people in the US is diagnosed with autism, according to the CDC.

In Arizona that number is one in 64, says Paige Raetz, the director of employment services for SARRC, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center.

It's a condition that can make it tough to get a job, go to school or even connect with family.

In 2017, a Valley neuropsychologist developed a device, now called TouchPoints, to help those with autism overcome the sensory overload which often is part of their daily lives. Initially called "Buzzies," Dr. Amy Serin says more than 100,000 people are now using the devices. She says they can calm you down and help you focus by altering your body's fight or flight response.

The small devices, about the size of a wristwatch, are worn on both arms and create a gentle alternating buzzing sensation. The technology is known as Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation. 

Jacob Holma has been using them for years, in both high school and now college and at home. For those living with autism, those accomplishments are not easy to reach.

"Of the individuals who graduate high school, about 20 percent are actually working in the community after [graduation]," said Raetz. "That is a low rate, and means 80 percent are not." 

TouchPoints are sold online at One set runs about $160. 

*This video first appeared on ABC 15 Arizona on May 22, 2018, by Fay Fredricks. To watch the full video, click here.

TechTrends - Product Review: TouchPoints™ basic

This stress-alleviating neuroscience wearable promises to aid in tackling symptoms of conditions such as ADHD and Autism.

TouchPoints Basic are another crowdfunding success story. Originally founded in 2015 by Neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin and executive child advocate Vicki Mayo, After launching their first device –  called TouchPoints Original and priced at $240 – in December 2016. In less than six weeks sales had topped $500,000.
Since then the pair have pursued their dream of helping more people get access the technology so this year they launched an Indiegogo campaign to develop a new, more affordable version of the device, at a much lower price point of  $135. The response was incredible and by July 2017 they had reached almost $150,000, 956% of the initial goal, and aim to ship all campaign related orders by the end of September.
These cunning little gadgets are non-invasive, wearable devices that uses patent pending neuroscience to relieve stress in as little as 30 seconds. Using quantitative electroencephalogram data, existing neuroscience research and archival data, Dr Amy Serin determined the device produced significant and quantifiable brain changes after just seconds of use.
Over the last decade, Dr Serin’s work in therapy and neuroscience led to a breakthrough realization that a component of successful PTSD treatment could be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli.
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. Checkout the TouchPoints Research page for links to the supporting in-house and academic studies.
We are deeply committed to giving back. It is our co-founders’ mission to create a more healthy, peaceful, and productive world through a fundamental shift in the way people understand and handle their stress response by making BLAST technology accessible for everyone.
Feeling pretty tightly wound, as usual, I was dying to experience the benefits of all that lovely science so I strapped on a pair, connected the app via Bluetooth and well… wow! Honestly the experience was quite strange but after a few moments of tingling and getting used to the vibrations my mind felt clearer, or at least lighter and breathing was a little easier.
I was shocked at the speed of the reaction but the vibrations felt a bit too strong and a too distracting from my train of thought so I stopped them and reset the intensity via the app. With the setting now lower I tried again and left them on for five minutes. I felt a similar clearing of the mind and easing of the breathing but the effect was less strong this time, less abrupt. However it persisted after I stopped the TouchPoints leaving me feeling calmer, I was genuinely impressed.
TouchPoints uses technology that gently interferes with the body’s stress response and produce a more calm, focused state. Thousands of users report they feel more calm, are able to sleep better, and perform better with use.
No doubt more tinkering with the settings in the app will help find the optimum set up for me but I can honestly say that TouchPoint are on to something here. As a next step we’re interested to share this with my wife’s grandfather who suffers from Parkinson’s, as TouchPoints’ Indiegogo page reports positive results in helping alleviate anxiety in patients and even achieving reduction of tremors in some cases. Watch this space for updates!

In Case You Missed It

ICYM: June was huge for the whole TouchPoints™ Family! Need a refresher? We've got you. Keep reading for bloggers, Indiegogo campaigns, gardens, and more! 

Don't miss  out on the action this month! Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up-to-date on what the TouchPoints™ Team  is up to.

Lots of blogger coverage!

The team has a saying that goes: "Once you put TouchPoints™ in someone's hands, you'll never get them out!", and we definitely found that to be true this month! Check out some of the amazing bloggers that have featured TouchPoints™!


Chase 'N Yur Face's TouchPoints™ Review!

Our Indiegogo campaign officially ended at 944 backers and over 900% funded!

If you missed out, don't worry! Because it was so successful, our campaign is now classified as "In Demand", meaning that you can continue to pre-order your TouchPoints™ basic bundles from Indiegogo or pre-order directly from our website!

We're donating a garden to Autism Academy! 

We've partnered with Autism Academy to build their students a garden! Make sure you're keeping up on our social channels for updates on that exciting project. 

TouchPoints™ take over New York!

Our CEO, Vicki Mayo, has been making her mark at Project Entrepreneur Accelerator Program in New York! Read her spotlight interview here.


PBS Cronkite News - Feature on TouchPoints

Fox 6 - Wearable buzzer proving to provide relief for children with autism

Fox 6 News - Wearable buzzer proving to provide relief for children with autism - By Katie Delong 

PHOENIX, Arizona — Jacob Holma has been diagnosed with autism.

“Every day of my life, there’s a story going on in my head — a literal, actual story with a plot and everything,” Holma said.

Those stories get in his way. He will start pacing, cannot focus, and would leave his classroom.

“Just agitated. It’s a constant struggle with the teachers to say ‘hey Jacob, get back to this,'” Sherri Holma, Jacob’s mother said.

After a lifetime of trying different therapies and medications, a small, new piece fell into place.

Jacob Holma’s nervous system is now stimulated with “Buzzies.” His mom said it’s been a game changer, and the change has been instant.

“For him to be calm and doing his work is amazing,” Sherri Holma said.

Buzzies are the brain child of Dr. Amy Serin.

“I feel like a stumbled on a miracle that I want more people to know about,” Dr. Serin said.

She took a tried and true therapy — bilateral stimulation — and mobilized it. You wear Buzzies like a watch, or in your pocket, and control it with your phone.

“It interferes with your body’s stress response,” Dr. Serin said.

She saw the need — not just for her clients, but in her own home.

“I am the mother of two children who are twice exceptional and they need the Buzzies,” Dr. Serin said.

With results came a vision — possibilities beyond Jacob Holma and her children.

“We can give people access to stress relief all around the world and have more peace, better performance. It frees them up to live their best life,” Dr. Serin said.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Buzzies.

AutisMag - TouchPoints, Wearable Device for Autism – What is All the Buzz About?

AustisMag - Buzzies Wearable Device for Autism – What is All the Buzz About? - ByShaeri Datta 

Bi-lateral Alternating Stimulation-Tactile Technology, abbreviated as BLAST, has been in use clinically for a while now.

The technology is mostly associated with EDMR therapy, or the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, which is a commonly used method to treat PTSD, anxiety, phobias and other associated psychological disorders.

It was noted by Amy Serin that while using BLAST, the process of desensitisation caused a much lower amount of distress to the patient. Eventually, she noted that the technology had far reaching effects.

Gifted children found it easier to sleep, while lower levels of stress  was noted among children as well as adults, while using the technology. It showed an immense positive psychological and physiological effect within seconds of use.

This knowledge led her to co-found Touchpoint Solutions, along with Vicki Mayor, to develop BLAST into a wearable anxiety and stress reliever – the Buzzies.

A groundbreaking product, the Buzzies work along with the executive functions and limbic system components of the brain and relies on the formula of F3, Fight, Flight or Freeze. This F3 is the mind’s reaction when it faces a stressful situation, leading to anxiety.

The Buzzies are non-invasive wearable devices that use tactile stimulation.  A few minutes of use, affects the brain considerably and the wearer feels more focused. The device can be controlled through an App that is available for Android and IOS devices.

Dr. Serin had dedicated the entire last decade towards her clinical training and neuropsychological practice. Therapists and neuropsychologists were not utilizing the BLAST technology to its full potential, believes Dr Serin.

“I don’t’ want people to live with chronic stress. I want them to know there’s a cost effective, non-invasive solution and in real time calms them down so that frees them up to live their best life.” She said.

Parents of autistic children have already found the device to be useful. Young students like Jacob Holma, who has autism, found it difficult to concentrate. He had, like many others with ASD, undergone hours of therapy, medication and struggled with the symptoms.

Jacob was lucky to have met Dr Amy Serin, who suggested him to use Buzzies. Jacob’s mother as well as his teachers noted how Jacob could focus better in class, and his episodes walking out of the class lowered since the use of Buzzies.

“For him to be calm and doing his work is amazing,” Sherri, his mother, said.

“I feel like I stumbled on a miracle that I want more people to know about,” said Dr. Serin, who uses Buzzies in her own home with her children.

Children with autism struggle daily with sensory issues. Bright lights, crowded places, loud noises can cause mild to sever anxiety, meltdown and intensified symptoms.

The device improve the psychological condition of the individual by overriding the Flight or Fight mechanism using the BLAST.

All of these can be addressed by a therapist or a doctor. However, rising numbers of people in waitlist means a lot more people need help. And therapists are not available 24/7. Most of the time autism symptoms are dealt with the affected individual and families.

Buzzies is a watch-like band that can be worn everyday, any time of the day, at schools, work or anywhere. It wins because of its simplicity of presentation, easy wearability and effective intervention. It not only minimises stress, but controls cravings and manage insomnia.

With more and more people vouching for the product, it is possible that autism research has finally hit upon an actual technology that gives immediate relief to its myriad symptoms.

ABC15 - Parents of autistic children call 'TouchPoints' a game changer

ABC 15 News - Parents of autistic children call 'Buzzies' a game changer - Nohelani Graf

PHOENIX - Trouble focusing in class and wanting to get up and leave are issues that a lot of 17-year-olds deal with during the school day, but for Jacob Holma these are problems he really struggles with on a daily basis.

Jacob has Autism and has a difficult time concentrating both inside and outside of the classroom. He has endured a lifetime of trying different therapies and medications.

"Every day of my life there's a story going on in my head, a literal actual story with a plot and everything" Jacob said.

That is until his neuropsychologist, Dr. Amy Serin, PhD, suggested trying her new therapeutic technology called “Buzzies.”

Teaming up with Vicki Mayo, who runs a large IT company, the two co-founded TouchPoint Solution to develop Buzzies, based on a tried and true therapy technique called Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile, BLAST, and mobilized it with Bluetooth technology.

Buzzies can be worn around each wrist like a watch, or by placing each one in a pocket, and are controlled by an app on your phone. Dr. Serin said that it uses the stimulation to interfere with the body’s response to stress by overriding the fight or flight mechanism.

"People will negotiate better, they'll make better stock market picks. Peoples’ businesses do better when they use Buzzies in the morning. Kids calm down in real time." Dr. Serin said.

Jacob’s mom, Sherri, said that she started sending her son to school with Buzzies on every day and that and it has been a game-changer. She said that Jacob’s teachers reported better focus and that he stopped walking out of class and getting agitated.

Sherri said that now when Jacob has an episode at home, a few minutes with the Buzzies change his entire attitude.

"For him to be calm and doing his work is amazing," Sherri said. “There were some bad tantrums that if he would've had these, would've been really nice and saved a lot of stress."

"I feel like I stumbled on a miracle that I want more people to know about," said Dr. Serin, who uses Buzzies in her own home with her children. "I don’t' want people to live with chronic stress. I want them to know there's a cost effective, non-invasive solution and in real time calms them down so that frees them up to live their best life."

How can you get your hands on one?

You can pre-order Buzzies online. The company also launched a Kickstarter campaign online to start marketing the device.

New "Touchpoints" for Anxiety- Dr. Amy Serin

ABC15 - 'Buzzies' technology helping Autistic children

TouchPoints™, formerly Buzzies, a game-changer for helping Autistic children

ABC15 - TouchPoints hit the market, help with autism, anxiety, sleep

ABC 15 News - Buzzies hit the market, help with autism, anxiety, sleep

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Buzzieshave officially hit the market!

It's wearable technology controlled via Bluetooth that uses stimulation to reduce the wearer's natural fight-or-flight response to situations that cause stress or anxiousness.

Faith Ballor, a pre-law student at ASU, suffers from test anxiety no matter how hard she studies. 

She said she would forget everything and "draw a blank" during her tests. Then she discovered the Buzzie. 

"I didn't believe it at first," she said. "I was extremely skeptical and hard to try it out for myself." 

The non-invasive device can be worn or held and it helps improve focus and performance. 

"I felt completely like a weight was lifted off my shoulders," she said. 

The device is the brain child of neuropsychologist Amy Serin. 

"It interferes with your brains ability to continually kick out that stress response," said Dr. Serin. 

Buzzes are small and thin enough to fit in your pant pocket and quiet enough that no one knows you have them. 

Serin first started using Buzzies with her own patients. 

"Now we're giving consumers a chance to really experience stress relief on a global scale." said Serin over the launch of her product. 

She says it's been a "game changer"for kids like 17-year-old Jacob Holma who suffers from autism.

The device runs for $259. 

2e - Dyslexia, ASD (and TouchPoints), and More

2e - Dyslexia, ASD (and Buzzies), and More - By J Mark

DYSLEXIA SCREENING IN OREGON. A recently-enacted law in Oregon requires that every student in kindergarten and first grade be screened for dyslexia, with the aim of implementing early intervention if needed. Other recent legislation in the state addresses teacher training for dyslexia. The Bulletin says that Decoding Dyslexia Oregon pushed for the legislation -- another example of good grass-roots advocacy, we say. Read more.

THE BUZZIES. Fox News in Wisconsin reports on a doctor -- and mom of 2e children -- who invented a device using bilateral stimulation to "interfere with your body's stress response" and make it possible for children with autism to focus better. A set of Buzzies consists of two devices, one worn on each side of the body. Find the article. Find a site that sells Buzzies. (Caveat: We have no first-hand experience with Buzzies; do your own due diligence. 😐 )

SMARTKIDS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES offers "6 great gifts for children with LD and ADHD." But these are not "traditional" gifts. Find out more.

TiLT PARENTING offers Episode 37 in its podcast series, this one about girls on the autism spectrum and featuring a behavioral and educational consultant. From the preview: "In our conversation we talk about what high-functioning autism looks like in girls, the importance of letting kids in on their diagnoses as early as possible, why schools are missing catching autism in girls, and what the real challenges are for girls versus boys with the same diagnoses—low self-esteem." Find the podcast.

NEED A SECTION 504 PRIMER? Wrightslaw devotes a recent issue of Special Ed Advocate to Section 504, "the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities." As Wrightlaw notes, "Compliance is not optional." Find Special Ed Advocate.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE is on Facebook, of course. (And Twitter, and Instagram.) Social media mavens can find the Facebook site here. It's a great resource for families and for educators. The website is here.

Autism Live - Dr. Serin and TouchPoints

Dr. Amy Serin, co-founder of the TouchPoint Solution, and creator of TouchPoints, appeared on Autism Live to talk about reducing stress with BLAST technology. Watch it here: