LET'S BE CLEAR...
EXTRA STUDY TIME AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT ARE GREAT BUT THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS CUTTING EDGE TRAINING.
BOTH fMRI'S AND SPECT IMAGING SHOW THE BRAIN CHANGES FOLLOWING IM TRAINING. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT... CHANGE THE BRAIN AND YOU WILL LIKELY CHANGE THE OUTCOME.
"We are seeing him become the boy we always knew he could be; self assured, happy, and curious."
IM is a neuro-motor training designed to improve information processing abilities. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy has published study results showing improvement in these areas:
Attention & Focus
Motor Control / Coordination
Control of Aggression / Impulsivity
Reading & Math
"The Interactive Metronome is spectacularly helpful. It is one of the most promising developments with non-medication ADHD that's come along in a long while . . This is really solid, extremely helpful non-medication (intervention) not only for ADHD but for mental functioning in general"
Edward Hallowell, MD, author of "Driven to Distraction" and leading clinician and speaker on ADHD
IM training has also benefited children and adults with these disorders: CAPD & NLD, Asperger Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Integration Disorder, Cognitive & Neurological Disorders
This podcast discusses a student struggling with ADHD and running out of options. What a turnaround!
• "A greater awareness of [his] surroundings"
• "Excellent first week of school"
• "Tic improved within hours following IM"
• "No issues with transitions"
• "Focused and quiet throughout mass"
• "Calm, quiet alertness continued the remainder of the week"
• "Articulation has improved over the past two weeks and he hasn't received any speech therapy"
• "More thorough responses (more regularly)"
RESULTS! Four School Age Boys - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This 15 y.o. ASD boy was initially unable to do many of the exercises. As time went on he was able to work for several minutes at a time responding to the computer's prompts. At this time he is much more verbal than when he began IM training and will answer almost any question I ask him. His personality is showing through. He is happy, interested, and enthusiastic. He is showing initiative by bringing over sensors he would like me to use. His mother reports his demeanor is calmer (leg shaking and hand gestures) and he is less rushed.
This grade school aged ASD boy required adult supervision during IM sessions. Following the sessions his mother noted he was watching higher level TV programs and that he began playing with some of his toys in more traditional ways. His vocabulary also increased.
This middle school ASD boy had very limited communication skills and was unable to initiate conversation. His parents reported that he began sleeping better and that he was able to answer questions. His speech was clearer and he began expressing his opinion:
"How about let's do that one, that's easier"
"My favorite food is hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwiches"
He became spontaneous, telling his sibling he would like to switch and go first for his IM session. He was able to comprehend that I was purposely trying to distract him during a computer game to see if he could accommodate the challenge. I saw humor and spontaneous banter coming from this otherwise quiet boy.
This 15 y.o. ASD boy could only speak five words or one sentence. He was difficult to understand and he could not attend to or sit for an activity. He could only convey his most basic needs. Soon however, his teacher noted he had become very talkative and that his reading improved. His mom said he transitioned better than expected following the school break. He was able to write independently for five minutes (the longest he had ever performed an activity).