Drum Echoes, Inc., a Florida startup has developed a biofeedback therapeutic wearable that may ease the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Matt Giordano, the president of the company, was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette syndrome when he was five. He and his team decided to do something about the struggles many people with this common disorder endure. They are now developing a patent pending personal biofeedback device for individuals with ADHD to assist them with self-management by using a variety of effective therapies and techniques.
ADHD is the most common neurological disorder in the U.S. 9.4% (6.1 Million) children ages 2-17 in the U.S. have ADHD. 4.4% (8 million) adults in the U.S. have ADHD.
Matt’s device is supposed to detect stress levels in real time through the use of biofeedback sensors. These sensors will function in conjunction with the therapeutic features for the most optimal results. The goal is to help these individuals function more independently, achieve higher grades in school, increase work productivity, have better relationships and improve their overall quality of life, the company said in a press release.
Matt started having his first symptoms of Tourette Syndrome and ADHD at the age of 2. He also started playing the drums when he was 2 and shortly after that, he learned how the power of music eases his symptoms. He realized that his symptoms disappear when he plays the drums.
Music and the arts are a great way for him to organize and express his thoughts and feelings. It helps to increase his level of focus and confidence. Most art forms require a form of collaboration and Matt’s drumming allowed his peers to see past his symptoms.
In 2003, Matt started his company Drum Echoes, Inc. His drumming work and personal story have received media attention by the BBC, PBS Nova and was written about in the New York Times bestseller book titled Musicophilia by the highly respected author and neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks.
By providing his drumming workshops for thousands of children and adults with ADHD throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia, Matt learned about their common struggles. He has also learned the most effective therapies and coping techniques for these individuals. It is those therapies and techniques he has carefully chosen to integrate into this new wearable technology.
The company is in need of funds to take this concept into a working prototype, to beta testing and into the lives of millions of people who need it. They need donations and are open to potential investors.