SEL Distance Learning with Empowered Brain™

Based on years of research and clinical testing by doctors and neuroscientists from Harvard and MIT, Empowered Brain™ is the world’s first wearable system that helps students with autism, ADHD, and other social-emotional challenges learn the life skills crucial for happy self-sufficiency.

Empowered Brain™ is ideal for distance learning over video links such as ZOOM or for in-classroom use, and has been tested in multiple environments.

Your special needs students are suddenly stuck at home until fall, and likely beyond:
How do you ensure they are engaged, occupied, and learning to handle anxiety and uncertainty?

What Educators are Saying

Here’s how several representative educators say Empowered Brain has transformed their students.

“This is amazing! […] This is the most eye contact — steady eye contact — I’ve seen in a long time from him.”
Meg Carr, Special Education Teacher, New Bedford High School

“Empowered Brain just seems to be much more natural than any other product that I’ve seen out there. They’re not holding a device and looking away from their teacher or instructor, they’re looking directly at the instructor, which I really like.”
Josette Scarpa, RPT at Ipswich Middle School

Overview of How it Works











The general concept of Empowered Brain is simple but powerful: 

Your student looks through a wearable computer screen and gets points for performing social behaviors with you and others.

The real-time reinforcement builds social-emotional skills and self confidence, and creates data for progress reports.

What We Address

Empowered Brain™ is a clinically proven learning solution that teaches your student the social-emotional skills necessary to be successful during schooling, to cultivate personal relationships, and eventually to obtain meaningful employment.

What We Address

Empowered Brain™ is clinically proven to teach the social-emotional skills necessary to be successful.

Boy with autism using Transition Master


New routines, schedules, places, and people can cause anxiety. Our solution lets your students get familiar with new situations by virtually immersing in them in careful, periodic, safe “doses”. This increases predictability and reduces anxiety as they make the real-life transition or visits a new place.

Whole body listening: Mom and child using Empowered Brain

Whole-Body Listening

Empowered Brain teaches players to engage with and focus on conversation partners. Through practice, players learn how to apply proper body language, make eye contact, and demonstrate that they are interested in the conversation.

Impromptu hug while using Empowered Brain

Social-Emotional Skills

Being able to connect with peers, caregivers, and teachers is crucial for developing meaningful relationships. Empowered Brain encourages key social skills like turn-taking, staying on task, controlling anxiety, verbalizing, and understanding how a peer or loved one may be feeling.

Science Summary: Percent changes in clinical ratings of autism & ADHD symptoms
Science Summary: Percent changes in clinical ratings of autism & ADHD symptoms
Dr. Temple Grandin with our founder
Dr. Temple Grandin, advising our founder/CEO after one of her first times demo’ing our solution.
“This could be a game changer for people on the spectrum all over the world!” – CBS News TV:    Lisa Hughes (anchor)

What is Empowered Brain?

This is cutting-edge technology […] This is by far the most impressive piece of data collection that we have.”
Devin Morris, Director of Student and Family Engagement, Community Charter School of Cambridge

“What I like about this technology is that you’re interactive with it; you have to be interactive with it. Whereas with anything else, you’re just sitting there and you’re very insular.”
Andrea Harrison, mother of a child on the spectrum and public school educator

School Case Studies

Reducing the Effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder on Student Success Using Heads-Up Technology

Reducing the Effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder on Student Success Using Heads-Up Technology

Chandler Elementary School

How a Massachusetts elementary school used gamified, social-emotional learning apps on Google Glass to reduce hyperactivity, irritability, and social withdrawal in special needs students with autism. Read More…

Identifying Indications of ADHD Using Data from Gamified Software on Google Glass

Identifying Indications of ADHD Using Data from Gamified Software on Google Glass

New Bedford High School

How a high school collected data using gamified software on Google Glass to provide insight about ADHD symptoms in students with autism. Read More…

Empowered Brain Social Skills Intervention in Plymouth South Middle School

Empowered Brain Social Skills Intervention in Plymouth South Middle School

Plymouth South Middle School

How a middle school incorporated gamified software on Google Glass into a special education student’s schedule to see immediate improvements in social communication. Read More…

The Empowered Brain™ Solution

Empowered Brain features a set of interactive, augmented-reality social-emotional learning games. Extensive scientific research has shown that playing our science-based games for 10 minutes a day provides a measurable improvement in students with autism, ADHD, and other social-emotional challenges.

The Empowered Brain™ Solution

Empowered Brain features a set of interactive, augmented-reality social-emotional learning games. Extensive scientific research has shown that playing our science-based games for 10 minutes a day provides a measurable improvement in people with autism, ADHD, and other social-emotional challenges.


Face2Face teaches players to pay attention to conversation partners by systematically rewarding face-directed gaze and eye contact. It gives you a structured way to have 5-10 minute conversations with your students each day. It numerically tracks attention % and time-on-task.

Transition Master

Your students can transport to a new location or situation and immerse in it through the glasses. This reduces the anxiety of transitions to unfamiliar locations or situations. You can easily add 360-degree photos to our library, as well as sounds.

Paint My World

The world can be a sensory overload. Also, one can stop exploring known environments. With Paint My World, players see their world automatically transformed as they look around through the glasses. Some modes or filters make a sensory-reduced world in real-time, to bring calm. Some modes make the familiar novel again – encouraging healthy exploration.

Play With Faces - display of some modes

Play with Faces

“I get it! The face is where the secrets are!” exclaimed a child after using Empowered Brain in one of our clinical studies years ago. Exactly! The face is where evolution put data about people’s feelings, thoughts, intentions, trustworthiness, and more. Yet, for many on the spectrum, looking at faces can be confusing, stressful, or just neglected. Play With Faces reverses all that. With it, your student has an excuse to look at faces, and it is fun: they get decorated in real time. (Augmentations vary by students’ ages.)

Happy Place example. Click blue icon for motion tracking (phone only).

Happy Place!

Anxiety and tantrums can strike at any time, let alone during these wildly uncertain times. A judicious distraction or a mesmerizing scene can get you out of the stress of a moment. You can use them as a ready escape to calm yourself – a Happy Place. This is an adaptation of our Transition Master app (described above). With our library of interesting 360-degree Happy scenes, your students (or you!) can be immersed in a favorite Happy Place to seek refuge. Step inside this digital time-out when occasionally needed!

Data Portal - Empowered Brain

IEP Data Portal

Show me the data! You want to know how your students are doing and so do they! After every Empowered Brain session, you immediately get a data report you can view any time. Simply log in to your secure account on the web portal, for instance to find: What was your student’s attention % for the day/month/year? What parts of a 360 scene did your child enjoy? Avoid? How many hundreds of times per hour did s/he look at you or away?

Data and graphs from our portal can be pasted directly into IEP reports to show the student’s progress towards IEP goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our glasses fit over regular eyeglasses.
  • The glasses are made from titanium and almost impossible to break.
  • Not worn all day. Sessions last 5-10 minutes per student, with 2-3 sessions per day.
  • Appropriate for ages 4 through adult.
  • For speaking and non-speaking people.
  • App levels have progressively less gamification. Fosters independence.
“My son came over to me and began telling me what he did. He was looking right at me. It was surreal. It was the first time that he really ‘saw’ me. He’d looked at me before but this time he was really trying to establish a connection with me.”
Liana Schaffner, mother of a child on the spectrum

Research Papers from School Studies

As we are all being reminded these days – the science really matters. Brain Power has always taken this seriously. Careful clinical studies in the first 4 years of our company have revealed data showing that Empowered Brain works – for autism and ADHD.

Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh - Child & Adult Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine
“As a child psychiatrist, I see many individuals with autism or ADHD, and interact closely with their concerned parents. Each situation is unique but families are united in hoping for self-sufficiency and social integration for their loved-ones. Empowered Brain excites me because it is a toolset based on technology not drugs, which empowers people to learn social skills that increase self-sufficiency. These skills are transformative both at school-age and when seeking a job (and one of the best protectors against negative mental health outcomes is being employed). Overall, Empowered Brain in an exciting clinically-proven toolset for the young and old, severely affected and mild.”

– Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh


Dr. Vahabzadeh is a prominent medical doctor in the US with many research publications. He is trained in child psychiatry, adult psychiatry, family medicine, and addiction medicine.

Brain Power diversity of users
Young and old, speaking and non. All empowered.
Since COVID-19 uniquely challenges families touched by autism, we've discounted everything until May 15. Stay safe. Stay empowered!

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Press Coverage

Empowered Brain (and our company Brain Power) has been covered by more than 300 press outlets over the last 6 years. Selected articles are linked below.


Empowered Brain and our founder, Dr. Ned T. Sahin, have received dozens of awards – including ones for science, technology, autism advocacy, assistive tech, and software.


We are proud of our close partnerships with leading entities, and grateful for their help in shaping the company and our offerings.
Happy Customers Around the World
Empowered Brain has been purchased by some of the top schools in Massachusetts, a leading state in US education.

Empowered Brain has also been purchased by families around the world, including: Ireland, Japan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, China, Poland, India, Spain, and the United Kingdom. You will be joining them in embracing this game-changing technology!

Praised by Congress
We were featured by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), for our successful technology to assist people with autism to get jobs. The CDMRP is funded by the US Congress – outside and above the NIH.

80% of people with autism (even those who complete college) end up unemployed. Being chronically denied employment is damaging to mental health and dignity.

The US Congress recognized that Empowered Brain teaches skills that open the gateway to employment (e.g., looking toward an interviewer/boss, self-calming, or mastering the transitions and routines of a workday). Through their Medical Research Program, they awarded a highly-competitive multi-year grant to us (the first time ever to a company not a university). With it, we improved and clinically tested Empowered Brain, toward unlocking the oft-hidden power of the autistic brain via digital job-focused training and on-the-job remote coaching.

We completed the grant project so successfully that the Government proactively reached out and featured us – first in their internal book of success stories, then on their publicly accessible website.

Read the feature article on the Congressional website HERE. (Or download the PDF or JPEG.)

Our Team
We are neuroscience PhDs, medical doctors, former teachers, world-class software engineers, managers, employees with autism, and an overall diverse and passionate team! Empowered Brain was born of the vision of our founder Dr. Ned T. Sahin. We are all here to help you. In these uncertain times, we also rely on your help. Please spread the word.
Empowered Brain is made in the USA by a diverse team of passionate people. We are trying to stay afloat and make sense of these unprecedented times, just like your family. As always, our mission is to “Empower Every Brain”!