David Sonnenschein–This Month’s Featured Reader
David Sonnenschein’s passions of art, science and communication guide the mission of his company iQsonics. A neuroscientist, musician, filmmaker and educator, David’s book Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects inspires students and professionals around the world to reach their highest creative and technical potential. This work has extended to those with even more growth potential – young children – and their preferred learning method – play. “Music provides optimal conditions for neuroplasticity, lighting up the whole brain and facilitating learning, especially in those with language disabilities or delays,” says David.
To manifest this vision, David founded Santa Monica-based iQsonics to produce audio and music projects to promote brain health. His dedication is also fueled by disabilities in his own family that he lives with intimately. Sing and Speak 4 Kidslaunches as the pilot project on iPad with six songs, a home-school-clinic program using evidence-based music therapy to support pre-schoolers with speech delays and autism. Self-financed in association with non-profit fiscal sponsor Earth Rights Institute, and directing a team of clinicians, musical talent, programmers, graphic artists, social media managers, business developers and families, David’s next steps are marketing, fundraising and completing the full 100 song production to help children become speech and language kindergarten-ready. Future versions will enable the kids and families to compose their own songs to boost the kids communication skills.
“We are all about collaboration with and for the community. Parents, teachers, therapists and the kids themselves are giving great feedback and we want this to expand across the globe,” David envisions. To support this mission, David and iQsonics are currently seeking caregivers (parents, teachers, therapists) of 2-8 year old kids with speech delays for testing, research and marketing volunteers, key influencers to help spread the word, donations, grants and angel investors. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to Sing and Speak 4 Kids: http://earthrightsinstitute.org/about/sponsorships/121-iqsonics