Dear Peggy and everyone at Crystal Stix,
I just wanted to thank you again for all of your support and consideration over the past year. As you know, while teaching my history students a unit about toys and games throughout history, I introduced them to Crystal Stix. Originally, these juggling toys were found in both China and Native American societies. The response by my students was an overwhelming interest that led to my ordering several pairs for interested students. Were it not for your generosity in promoting educational pricing for inner-city students, many of the students would have been unable to purchase such a valuable product.
As a Crystal Stix user myself for many years, I am acutely aware of the benefits of even occasional play. They are a great stress reliever and serve as a means to stretch as well. Additionally, I believe that an activity like this can also serve to increase the integration of right and left-brained thinking activities. After hearing about a study in Texas, I decided to do a similar study addressing existing programs at our school.
Using two of my psychology classes, I had one of them reading a personally chosen book for 18 minutes each day followed by a brief written response. These are predominantly left-brained lateralized activities. The other class learned to juggle. First, students began with three tennis balls and then three weeks later, with Crystal Stix. Throughout the semester, each group was given a series of norm-referenced reading comprehension style exams. After nine weeks, the two classes switched roles in order to remove any variables that may have resulted from time of day or composition of the class. The scores were made a part of the students semester grade to ensure accountability in that data collection process.
The results were compelling. In all but one of the trials, the mean (average) was clearly higher for the class that was juggling with Crystal Stix. The median and mode were also higher or equal in the juggling class as well. In those cases where the modes were the same, the frequency of occurrence was higher in the juggling class. As a side note, after the introduction of the Crystal Stix, most students preferred to use the stix in lieu of the tennis balls. Many developed strong proficiency in the use of Crystal stix and enjoyed the challenge of learning new tricks.
Our school employs a school-wide program of sustained silent reading for all of our students to improve reading skills. I had the opportunity to share results of the study with teachers and administrators at our final staff meeting. I was surprised with the number of teachers who were interested in hearing about the study.
Again, I just wanted to thank you profusely for the positive impact that you have made on my classes this year. I look forward to continue using Crystal Stix in my future classes.
Very truly yours,
David A. Fine
Just like many people before me, these sticks have changed my life a lot. Thank you very much. I remember my mother buying me my first pair of sticks when I was twelve years old. She was so exited, slightly more than I was because they didn't take batteries or have any moving parts. It took me about five years and my first school talent show to really appreciate what these sticks can accomplish.
Now I am unable to listen to music without playing with my sticks, so I take them everywhere I go. I also began selling them and learning other juggling forms like the unicycle. I get my exercise with these sticks, and I have realized that it is possible to become successful with something that one truly loves to do. It is also amazingly easy to communicate through stick play. One doesn't even need to speak the same language, and some understanding can be passed through this art form. I met some of my best friends while juggling.
Thanks again for spreading this passion! I can no longer imagine a life without this Toy and I hope to meet you some time.
My students greatly enjoy the Crystal Stix. I teach 6th grade resource classes. Their disabilities are EBD, SLD, and OHI. Some who are very shy are very good with the stix, and this helps to draw them out. I will look for connections in their school performance and the stix. Thanks again,
Hi, my name is Kenneth Parnell and I am 13 years old. When I was 8 years old one of my friends had his very own pair of Crystal Stix. I thought to myself that I also wanted my very own pair of Crystal Stix. I got the number from him, and gave Bill and Janet Vestal a call. The next thing you know, the mail man is knocking at my door with my pair of Crystal Stix. Since I got them in my hands I have been playing for an hour and a half every day, five days a week, only skipping two days in the last four years! By practicing every day, I have gotten better and better. Now I can do doubles, which is not an easy thing to do in my opinion.
The local 4H club put on a talent show, with a $1,000.00 first place prize. I entered the talent show with my Crystal Stix. 25 contestants got narrowed down to 10, and then down to 5, and ultimately down to 1. Well I got on the stage and did my doubles, praying to win and not to drop them. Then came intermission after intermission. They announced the third place winner, who was a singer, and second place was a dancer. By that time I was pretty sure I was not going to win. Then came the drum roll. First place- Kenneth Parnell with the Crystal Stix! I was so happy just to win. Then they made a check out to my mother for $1,000.00. The benefits I get from the stix are that they relax me and make my muscles become stronger. When I get frustrated I go in my room and play my stix. And that is my bio.
I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you all about the crystal stix. I was out for 2 months for an unplanned surgery. I have used the stix a couple of times now with my students. They really like them and they have been very useful in having conversations about concentrating and staying focused. They have also been a great incentive for some of my students with behavior problems. I really appreciate the opportunity to share the stix with my kids. Please let me know if you need any more information from me.
As a Designated Doctor for the Texas Worker's Compensation Commission and Diplomat of the American Board of Disability Analysts, I have recommended the use of Crystal Stix following injury as an integral part of rehabilitation. As a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator I have also endorsed the use of the product to augment muscle tone, hand-eye coordination, and accelerate recovery in stroke patients.
The use of the whole-brain type regimen established through increased coordination can have beneficial results with dyslexic patients. The boredom attributed to redundant exercise programs is somewhat alleviated since the nature of the activity with the Stix is appealing. I am hopeful that more rehabilitation centers and child activity centers will employ the use of crystal stix. I have been impressed by the benefits of their use.
Dr. Stephen A. Blount