CalmConnect™ Reduced Off Task Behavior 48% in NYC Schools

by , | Nov 5, 2020 | Blog, Reduce Off-Task Behavior

New York City Public Schools studied the impact of CalmConnect™ in reducing off task behavior in the classroom during the summer session of 2017. CalmConnect™ was used in two schools and two classrooms. The classrooms consisted of children in grades 4 and 5; and grades 6, 7, and 8. The two classrooms were special needs students with autism and intellectually disturbed.

Observations were completed the week before CalmConnect™ was introduced to the classroom and after it was introduced over a period of 3 weeks. After implementation observations were documented by individual students 30 minutes prior to the use of CalmConnect™ and 30 minutes after use. The two classrooms reported using the program consistently over the period of time.

The results were statistically significant. Using CalmConnect™ reduced off-task behavior by an average of 48% in the two classrooms. This includes statistically significant results for the following specific behaviors: Not following instructions < 0.0001, talking out of turn/outbursts <0.0001, and reduction of distracting behavior 0.0013.

The impact of CalmConnect™ is immediate and sustained, there is not any sign of diminishing effect over time. CalmConnect™ has the same impact regardless of the day of the week.


  • Roberta Scherf is a producer, writer, and speaker. Her own experience with Post-traumatic stress disorder and as the mother of a child with autism fueled her drive to understand the nervous system. Roberta’s curiosity, passion and commitment led to the design of an innovative non-pharmaceutical system that helps people to manage their own nervous system and behavior. She is the inventor of CalmConnect, the first patented behavioral health program to integrate music, patterns, the expressive features of emotion, and movement as part of a self-regulation program currently being used in thousands of school districts in the US and Canada, as well as therapy centers, hospitals, clinics, and homes around the world. She attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, studied Speech and Hearing Science, Psychology, and Russian, and spent years working with non-profit organizations. Roberta is the Co-Founder of PrioHealth LLC, and contributor to the book, “Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric, Trauma-Sensitive Practices,” edited by Dr. William Steele, (Routledge, 2017).

  • As the co-creator of CalmConnect and co-founder of PrioHealth LLC, Chris Bye has spent more than ten years developing programs to regulate the nervous system. He completed his undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College and his graduate work at UW-Madison and has a background in music and human development. He has taught numerous classes at UW-Madison, UW-River Falls, and the University of St.Thomas, including Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics. As a featured speaker, he has presented at numerous conferences and seminars on topics ranging from integrating movement and music into the classroom, reducing anxiety and depression in people of all ages, and using tools to help those struggling with a variety of challenges. One of the founders of the Fly Fishing Film Festival in River Falls, Wisconsin, Chris serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Kinni River Land Trust, and as an Officer with the MN Grouse Dog Association.