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Liberi…Our Children... NUERAL GROWTH for OPTIMAL LINGUISTIC, EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES and DIMINISHED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES....

Liberi….Strengthening Synapses, BDNF & Linguistic functioning via early Neural Diagnosis, Connection activities & Sociodramatic Play.

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Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)

Liberi has been refined through this challenge to incorporate a green and online portal to meet the needs of all soico-economic groups. This portal is being designed and will be embedded to ensure all languages, cultures, and socio-economic groups have access to optimal cognitive growth and functioning. Educational delays will be observed, refined and mentored through third grade, which will elleviate eduational delays that typical arise at and around the third grade level, which hinders further educaitonal develpment and transcends into an array of not only educational but social, emotional and economic problems throughout life. Users will be able to access the portal not only understand their child’s development and neural growth needs but also to be an all encompassing site to answer all questions about child develpment and growth. Multi-media, games, songs, rythmes, books, etc. will all be embedded, making LIBERI the only site necessary for parents to utilize in meeting their child;s social, emotional and educational growth. While multimedia, technology and community workshops are a vital component to meeting the socio-economic growth of children, these three mediums are not enough to meet the demands of neuron growth and educational, linguistic growth. Specific neurons need to be expanded to meet the educational and emotional demands of children. These can only be achieved via individual accomodation. While a user friendly portal will be able to accomodate the needs of this, there will need to be a device similar to the one used in neuro feedback on older children to ensure that younger children are enabled to mature appropriately, thus limiting negative effects of behavioral health deficienies such as ADHD, ADD, Anxiety and Depression. All of these behavioral health issues are crippling our youth at an alarming rate and need diminished.

Name or Organization

Mary Ressler-“E-Mergence"

Geography

United States

What is your stage of development?

  • Advanced Innovator with 3 to 10+ years of experience in ECD

Type

  • Non-profit

What is the stage of your proposal?

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

Liberi, a game changer for the world, as there is no comprehensive developmental program available to meet the neural developmental needs of children. While there are pre-school activities aligned to meet the linguistic development of children, there is not a diagnostic element to remedy many school age delays. Liberi would enable children from birth to school age to have a diagnostic assessment to view the changes in the brain, so medications would be alleviated by school age and linguistic development would be strengthened. Growth would encompass not only the physical but neural development.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries.

Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)

Liberi would be implemented via parental initiation at home or at the first health screening. Currently, health screenings encompass the social, emotional and physical well being of a child. It is essential to continue the monitoring of these but the importance of monitoring the growth of neural connections is of significance importance and one that is not yet assessed and monitored, until the onset of ADHD, anxiety, depression and other diagnosis. Liberi would ensure that children are developing their neural connections, which is significant for their educational development and ultimately their success in school and the workforce. This additional screening would be made available via a doctor at the yearly health screenings. Currently, neural development is detected via Neuro Feedback and most children begin this at age 6 for ADHD, etc. I want Neuro reports cited prior to this age because a clear image of deficiencies could be detected and alleviated prior to the onset of academic struggles in the primary grades. Liberti would be a service to address the problems and challenges faced by millions of students across America and the world. Many students are not able to keep up linguistically by grade three, due to inadequate neural development. These delays could easily be prevented via the program: Liberi, which I know will facilitate a remedy to the array of behavioral and cognitive development delays in school age children, by monitoring the development of the whole child.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

The problems I am attempting to solve are the increase of linguistic knowledge and the reduction of behavioral and cognitive issues in school age children. Linguistic development is diminished when neural connections are not strengthened and Liberi would monitor this aspect of early childhood growth. This program would encompass an another area of child well visit documentation and as a result curb the need for behavioral and cognitive remediation post third grade.

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

Liberi will be presented at the World Literacy Summit in Oxford in 2018. The World Literacy Summit is an invitation only event and a platform to solve world literacy issues. This program would enable students to build stronger neural connections prior to third grade, which would reduce the number of struggling students, both academically and behaviorally in the middle and upper grades. This would be facilitated via monitors of cognitive functioning and solutions being integrated into the wellness checkups of pre-school children. Currently, only the social, emotional and physical growth of children are monitored. Cognitive measurements would be facilitated via a scan of the growth of the neurons in a toddler and activities to enhance this area of development facilitated. Ultimately, reducing the need for medication later on and at risk behaviors diminishing in the latter school age years. There would also be Neuro Feedback available for all children at the start of kindergarten and possibly earlier, which will be determined. This would enable the academic and behavioral growth necessary to be successful in the middle and high school years. Liberi encompasses the growth of strong neurons being developed and this would mean educating parents and caregivers at birth about what their child's brain is like and where it needs to go. This education is not given currently and the significance of the building strong neural connections is at the root of child development. How to then supply parents with activities to ensure growth will be provided with no cost activities. Just as a child has to take medications, instructions will be provided as to how to play the games essential for brain development.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

The beneficiaries of my idea are parents, children, schools, the work force, governemnt and social services will benefit because as neurons are strengthened, there will be a decrease in behavioral and linguistic delays, which will diminish the need for special services: both social and educational. The experience I have in interacting with my beneficiaries are 25 years of being a mom, teacher and researcher.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)

Liberi will lead to long-lasting outcomes for literacy around the world. As early learners strengthen their neural processing, they will then diminish behavioral and cognitive deficiencies. This is the catalyst for academic, emotional and social change around the globe.

How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)

Low-income children will benefit because they will have stronger neural connections created prior to third grade, when there is a rise in behavioral and cognitive problems. The onset for behavioral problems rises sharply after third grade, as students are performing well on academic testing and the onset of mental health issues begins to transpire and continues through middle and high school years.

Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (5000 characters)

My idea is original because it is not developed or utilized for children under the age of approx. 7 and only those with financial resources can utilize the technology. My idea will engulf all children and enable greater cognitive functioning in children who have neurons that need strengthened due to a lack of activity in some alpha brain waves. This model will be cost effective as green portals will be developed and the business model will be based a service model. Initial usage will be free and some elements of Liberi will be payed for by the end user, based on need and health insurance coverage. At this juncture, health insurance does not cover any kind of neuro feedback and Liberi will let all children utilize it and bring it to the younger population, which will eradicate learning problems that emerge by approximately third grade.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)

EARLY PROACTIVE TREATMENT will reduce academia's need for alternative schools and reduce the cost of prisons, due to more students staying in school. Liberi would reach a significant number of end-users because it would advertised via the world literacy platform and health department. Implementation would be cost effective due to non profits in the education world and possibly funding from the Bill Gates Foundation. Financial sustainability for the neuro feedback realm would be acquired by reducing the money spent on alternative schools and investing money in early proactive treatment.

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)

The feasibility of my idea, both technically and in an operational perspective would be ignited via global literacy leaders and the departments of education and health. Further costs for Liberi would be backed via Congressional funding, private donations and a portal that is green and sustainable without additional funding. The implementation of a green portal is essential for accessiblity in third world countries and poverty stricten areas of the United States. It is essential to target cognitive and developmental delays prior to third grade, to reduce the need for other funding that gets tossed in the remediation costs of these chidlren. Initial costs for Neuro would be made available by private donations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and I know that others would align.

Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (5000 characters)

This is a viable business model because it will be enacted via a green portal. Web users will be administered free resources initially and greater access will then be fee based. Fee based treatment will be payed via health care and funded via private funding from reimbursements from schools/prisons and social security because these children will not need care or funding from these sources as their neural connections are strengthened. It is business win all around!

Tell us more about you (3000 characters)

My idea came from working in literacy research and education the past 25 years. I have witnessed students not succeeded past third grade and observing how their isn't a safety net after this and pondering how can this downfall be diminished, if not eradicated entirely. Furthermore, the onset of anxiety and depression in my own child was a catalyst for me to further develop a solution to both cognitive and mental health ailments. I just payed 2500.00 to have Neuro Feedback done for my daughter and wondered why I didn't know about his 10 years ago. If I had known about the significance of neural connections in the brain and how they affect the cognitive and behavioral aspects of development, she would of not have had to endure what she did. What if she had been monitored for neural development prior to the onset? What is all children are given a change for cognitive and mental health success? Liberi… Children

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (600 characters)

I have contacts at the World Literacy Summit and in the education sector, due to being a team the Barbara Bush XPrize for Literacy solutions. Many of these contacts work at the White House and have the experience and connections needed!

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)

I would just need money secured for Neuro Feedback secured and activities for neural growth available at hospitals and clinics and well check ups. It is difficult to get parents to read to children, when they converse in a different language, so the activities need to be common to all languages.

Would you like mentoring support?

  • Yes

If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters)

I am new to bringing a concept to the market. Mentoring in how to get new bills passed and building an interactive website. I've constructed an APP but would need help, due to time constraints.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • Yes, share my contact information

[Optional] Biography: Upload your biography. Please include links to relevant information (portfolio, LinkedIn profile, organization website, etc).

Mary Ressler: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-ressler-taylor-a495b057/

[Optional] Attachments: Please upload relevant attachments or graphics or show us how you prototyped.

Neural Connections for Literacy Attainment

Updates: How has your idea changed or evolved throughout the Prize? What updates have you made to this submission? (1500 characters)

Liberi has evolved by encompassing children from all around the world. The changes have facilitated understanding that rural communities will need to implement a linguistic portal. This portal will be established in each community and be air dropped for cost and time restrictions. The community portals will be the epicenter of linguistic acquistion and enable children to strengthen their neurons for stronger neural branching. The cost associated witha linguistic portal will be minimal, as it will be developed as a green resource and financed via free energy. The start up costs will be funded via a grant and maintance of the community linguistic portals will be managable via the utilization of dramatic play to enhance language acquisition.

Name or Organization

E-Mergence

Geography

I am located in the United States.

What is your stage of development?

  • Advanced Innovator with 3 to 10+ years of experience in ECD

Type

  • Non - Profit

What is the stage of your proposal?

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

Liberi will be a game changer for literacy attainment because it is green, sustainable and life long literacy attainment will be facilitated, which will enhance the socio-economic development of children. Low-income children will benefit because they will have stronger neural connections created prior to third grade, when there is a rise in behavioral and cognitive problems. The onset for behavioral problems rises sharply after third grade, as students are performing well on academic testing and the onset of mental health issues begins to transpire and continues through middle and high school.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Channel: A new way to deliver existing products or services to customers or end users.

Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)

Liberi aims to facilitate neural branching that hinders children from attaining literacy growth. By strenghtening neural growth in children at an early age, linguistic attainment is strengthened and educational problems are lessened and or eradicated. Liberi will serve as a catalyst to lessen the high school drop out rate and prison population, as more students will be enabled to be successful in school.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

I am aiming to solve the literacy attainment problems that children have as a result of not being able to process information, due to neurons that need strenghtened in early years.

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

Liberi will be free, via a website and all parents and children will be enabled to have access to the education by logging into the portal. The informaiton will be accessible in all languages and interactive. These portals can then be sent throughout the world and set up via greeen, sustainable stations. Information about the individual childs neural development will be uploaded via an online system, that is game like. As the child progresses, the parents and healthcare provider will be able to cite neural growth. This is similar to Neuro Feedback but geared towards the younger child and controlled via eye movement. Low-income children will benefit because they will have stronger neural connections created prior to third grade, when there is a rise in behavioral and cognitive problems. The onset for behavioral problems rises sharply after third grade, as students are performing well on academic testing and the onset of mental health issues begins to transpire and continues through middle and high school years.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

Low-income children will benefit because they will have stronger neural connections created prior to third grade, when there is a rise in behavioral and cognitive problems. The onset for behavioral problems rises sharply after third grade, as students are performing well on academic testing and the onset of mental health issues begins to transpire and continues through middle and high school years.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)

Low-income children will benefit because they will have stronger neural connections created prior to third grade, when there is a rise in behavioral and cognitive problems. The onset for behavioral problems rises sharply after third grade, as students are performing well on academic testing and the onset of mental health issues begins to transpire and continues through middle and high school years.

How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)

Low-income children will benefit because they will have stronger neural connections created prior to third grade, when there is a rise in behavioral and cognitive problems. The onset for behavioral problems rises sharply after third grade, as students are performing well on academic testing and the onset of mental health issues begins to transpire and continues through middle and high school years.

Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (1500 characters)

Liberi is original because there is not a product on the market geared to this age or to eradicate linguistic deficiencies that are spurred by lack of neuron development.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)

Liberi would reach users around the globe! There are not barriers to the program because it can be implemented via green portals.

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)

There is a team of leaders that will convene at the World Literacy Summit in Oxford in 2018. I am invited to this invite only conference.

Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (1500 characters)

The business model that I would utilize would be non-profit start up but then the model would be on a scale as large as FACEBOOK. This is due to the fact that Liberi would then be marketed with additional features, APPS and an interactive component to enhance learning.

HCD: How have you used human centered design to build or refine your concept? (1500 characters)

Users that are alittle older then the population I want to incorporate are already utilizing the technoloty. I want to make the technology usable for all socio-economic groups and ages, thus raising literacy attainment in children and correcting educational deficiencies and/or eliminating them entirely. Based on the Hull Institute, "The NeurOptimal® proprietary neurofeedback system is a highly personalized brain training software that prompts the central nervous system to help make the best use of your brain’s neural resources. Neurofeedback training for the brain is similar to physical training for the body. Much of our suffering comes from pervasive recurring thoughts and feelings in which our minds become emotionally stranded or cognitively “stuck”. Neurofeedback prompts the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out of these mental “ruts”. The result is a more open and positive mindset in which obstacles are more manageable and problems more resolvable. Much like a mirror that promotes self-correction, NeurOptimal®’s proprietary neurofeedback program monitors your brain waves and then provides “feedback” to your central nervous system about what it has just done. When the software detects a tremor in your brain wave pattern, it sends an audible signal that encourages the brain to “reset” and self-correct.” By integrating Neuro-Feedback into our primary age children, literacy attatainment will be viable.

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (500 characters)

to be finished-

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)

To be finished-

Would you like mentoring support? [Relevant only for Early Submission Deadline]

  • Yes

If so, what type of mentoring support do you think you need? (1200 characters) [Relevant only for Early Submission Deadline]

Tech support of any kind would be wonderful!

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • Yes, share my contact information

[Optional] Biography: Upload your biography. Please include links to relevant information (portfolio, LinkedIn profile, organization website, etc).

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-ressler-taylor-a495b057/

[Optional] Video: You are invited to submit a 30-60 second video that introduces you and/or your team and your idea.

to be finished-

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Hey Mary Ressler 

Welcome to the Early Childhood Innovation Prize. We're thrilled to host your idea and see it grow through our human centered design methods. As you progress to complete the description of the idea I would love to read more about the content of the program and how do you envision it to take place. The values of the program as you describe them are vast and priceless and I am intrigued to learn more about it.

If you need help, check our story-telling toolkit on the main page of the prize.

Best regards,
Iliriana

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Good Morning.

Thank you for your message. I will upload some more details about the content of the program and my vision.

Thank You!

Mary Ressler

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Thank You.

I will work on completing the description of the idea and content of the program,etc. this week. I will also check out the toolkit to see what I can find!