Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric, Trauma-Sensitive Practices

by , | Nov 6, 2020 | Blog, Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms

Chapter Three
Multi-Sensory Movement for All:
Changing Our Physiology, Behavior and Performance

by Roberta Scherf and Chris Bye

We’re pleased to announce the publication of a new book on trauma-informed care, edited by William Steele,
Ph.D. The book includes a chapter on CalmConnect™ efficacy, released in 2017 by Routledge.



There is no doubt that movement can help all
students with regulation in ways that allow them to
focus and engage those cognitive processes needed
to learn. When movement patterns are integrated
with rhythmic music, comforting vocal frequencies,
visual patterns, and synchronized with the expressive
features of emotion and the movement of others,
teachers and students realize so many more benefits.
This chapter describes the integrated processes of
the CalmConnect™ program used in classrooms and
other settings throughout the country. Teachers,
parents, occupational therapists, and school social
workers describe their experiences with students
before and after using the three to four-minute
segments in the classroom; how it improves focus,
reduces off-task behaviors, helps to regulate behavior
and overall learning outcomes for all students.

Text Book:

Readers will be able to identify and then
discuss how the various components of specific
movement patterns, rhythmic music, comforting
vocal frequencies, visual patterns synchronized
with the expressive features of emotion and the
movement of others supports bio-physiological and
neurological functions critical to learning and the
regulation of reactions and behaviors associated with
anxious and traumatized students, as well as those
students experiencing stress and sensory processing
challenges. Links to several video segments allow
the reader to hear directly from teachers and parents
about the various ways that the CalmConnect™
program has integrated these components into three
to four-minute segments for use in classrooms and
other settings, and how their students and children
are better able to focus, reduce off-task behaviors and
realize improved learning and behavioral outcomes.


  • 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.