CalmConnect™ Reduced Off Task Behavior 58% in St. Paul Schools

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

St. Paul Schools measured CalmConnect™ efficacy in reducing off-task behavior in the spring of 2017. Prevent staff, school counselors, and school social workers observed students in eight classrooms, four in each of two schools. The classrooms consisted of three levels 1 Montessori room (grades 1-3), three first grade, one second grade, and one fifth grade.

Observers catalogued each incident, which included the following behaviors: Not following instructions, distracting others, talking out of turn, inappropriately out of seat or area, and shut down or disengaged.

Observations were completed the week before CalmConnect™ was introduced to the classrooms, and after it was introduced at weeks one, three and five. Each observation lasted 30 minutes and was done for three days a week. The eight participating teachers all reported that they used the CalmConnect™ program with fidelity – using two video sequences at a time, and
playing the videos twice during each school day at a transition time.

The results were statistically significant.

Using CalmConnect™ reduced off-task behavior by an average of 58% in 8 classrooms.

Supporting Research:
Melinda Radcliff, an Early Childhood Specialist with Alton School District in Missouri, measured a 71%
reduction in off-task behavior for her graduate thesis. She used CalmConnect™ 4 minutes per day in her
mixed/ ASD PreK/K classroom, collecting data over 4 weeks.


  • 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.