I had the pleasure of interviewing Jimmy 10 years after he went through Interactive Metronome (IM) training. He was playing basketball and had a big smile on his face. But first, let me back up give you a little background info on Jimmy; because 10 years ago his family, friends and therapists wouldn’t have guessed that Jimmy would be where he is today.
Jimmy was born missing the portion of his right leg below the knee, with dislocated hips, without ligaments in his left knee, and with a diaphragmatic hernia. He had severe motor deficits and poor balance and coordination. As a result, he often fell. Jimmy walked awkwardly and then only with use of a rolling walker. He was 8 years old when he met the inventor of the Interactive Metronome, the late Jim Cassily. Little did Jimmy know that IM was going to change his life.
Because we know how important videos have become in today's world we have started compiling footage of how the Interactive Metronome (IM) & IM-Home can help with a variety of conditions, including dyslexia. IM introduces rhythmic exercises to improve motor sequencing and planning, coordination, visual motion detection, attention, and many more key factors that affect dyslexia patients. The treatment is fun and is not limited to a therapist office; with the new IM-Home device you could maximize the results by incorporating them in your daily tasks. Watch the video see for yourself!
The eyes have it: Some find life-altering results in vision therapy
On Wednesday, 10-year-old Matt Morel of Caledonia came home from school with a social studies assignment and 10 or so questions to answer about Christopher Columbus. The everyday task might seem ho-hum in most households, but that the fifth-grader could tackle it on his own is cause for joy as far as his parents, Melanie and Keith, are concerned. A year ago, he couldn't have.
"Before Matt had vision therapy, there was no way he could read that and do it," declared his dedicated mom, who used to spend hour after frustrating hour trying to help her son slog through homework. "Even if he had an open book for an exercise in class, it was useless."
Many parents who hear the diagnosis ADD or ADHD are sent into a tailspin of information overload and “friendly” advice from a variety of sources. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I am often faced with the task of helping parents and caregivers interpret what the information they have been given means for their child. Here are a few common questions I get during evaluations: “Will medication really help my child?”; “Why aren’t the medications helping my child sleep at night?”; “When can we expect to wean our child off medication now that he’s started therapy?” and, “Will a special diet be a substitute for medication?”