IM Featured in the “Let’s Talk” Podcast – Featuring IM Provider Sue Zapf
Our providers are truly passionate about helping their clients and utilizing Interactive Metronome. Take a moment to check out Sue Zapf, an IM provider who was recently featured on the "Let's Talk" Podcast. She shares valuable insights about using IM, particularly for individuals facing learning challenges.
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Get ahead of the class with IM!
Shay, an 11-year-old girl who struggled with ADHD and LD. Despite being promoted to the next grade level, Shay was failing many classes and felt embarrassed and withdrawn from activities with kids at school.
Shay’s mom heard about Interactive Metronome (IM) and sought the program out to help her daughter. IM Training helped Shay enhance her focus and attention span, which were major challenges for her.
After just fifteen sessions with the program, Shay retook the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency and the IM Long Form Assessment, and showed drastic improvement in her fine motor precision, bilateral coordination, and visual motor integration skills. Her handwriting ability improved significantly and she started to complete assignments much more quickly in the classroom.
The impact of IM on Shay's life was enormous. Her grades improved, and for the first time ever, she passed classes. She even joined the track team and started having sleepovers with friends. Her self-esteem skyrocketed and her conversations became light and funny. It was clear, IM had a big impact on Shay!
Interactive Metronome Helps Children Improve in School
We wanted to share two inspiring case studies with you about how Interactive Metronome (IM) has helped children improve their school performance. An 8-year-old boy named Matthew struggled with reading due to poor fluency and comprehension skills. After just two months of IM, his teacher noticed he began focusing better and wasn't asking as many questions. Halfway through 3rd grade, Matthew's reading comprehension level registered on the scale, and his handwriting skills improved too!
Similarly, a 13-year-old girl named Elyssa was diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Impairment and had trouble in school with understanding directions and focusing. After 6 weeks of IM training, her teacher reported that she was reading more fluently and confidently participating in classroom discussions. Elyssa was even able to test out of 2 of her Special Education classes!
Taking your life from ordinary to extraordinary
Growing up and going through school with learning disabilities is no easy feat - regardless of how determined a person is. The key is to recognize the symptoms and address the issues. In Andrew's case - he just wanted to be a normal teenager, a goal that he was able to achieve through Interactive Metronome® training.
Meet May’s Provider of the Month: Amy Vega, MS, CCC-SLP
Amy Vega, MS, CCC-SLP received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida in 1994 and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language & Hearing Association. In clinical practice, she specialized in adolescent and adult rehabilitation for patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumor and other disease processes that affect communication, cognition and behavior. She currently serves as Director of both the Clinical Education Department and the Clinical Advisory Board for Interactive Metronome, Inc. and is their Continuing Education Administrator. She provides clinical support to Interactive Metronome Providers globally, serves as Editor in Chief for IM’s clinical publications, develops IM certification & training materials and is the master-trainer for IM certification instructors.
Interactive Metronome & ALS: It’s About Quality of Life
Prior to IM training, he had lost his ability to fully extend his fingers on both hands. After performing the customized IM exercises for finger extension with Robyn for about2 1/2 months, Larry regained the ability to fully extend the fingers on his right hand and partially extend the fingers on his left hand….In Larry’s own words, “I firmly believe that Interactive Metronome® therapy has played a large part in stalling the progression of ALS and believe it should be a frontline defense therapy for early diagnosed patients.”
Interactive Metronome Makes Rick’s Forgetfulness a Distant Memory
Rick is a 47 year old veteran and college student. He suffered a stroke and now he is having some problems with memory, speech and number recall in particular. He used to be an EMT (emergency medical technician), so he wasn’t used to being the one that needed medical assistance. Although it was frustrating for him at first, Rick powered through his IM training and saw improvement across the board. Not only did his memory and speech fluency improve, but he is having less dizzy spells and just feels more confident. This summer he passed his compressed algebra course and is back on track for success.
“Are you ready?”
Ash refused to let Autism Spectrum Disorder rule his life, learn how his grades and behavioral patterns greatly improved after training with Interactive Metronome.
Ash, a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, didn’t typically struggle with his academics but had the tendency to speak out of turn, chew on his clothing or other items he found around him, and had trouble keeping his hands to himself which was often reflected in on his daily report card. After trying other modalities with no improvement, IM was introduced. Ash struggled getting used to the headphones and the rhythm but was excited to try this “new computer game with clapping”. Being a perfectionist, Ash refused to give up and wanted to do better. After months of IM training, he was able to meet his IM goal and it showed not only on his report card but with his abilities to stay on task in class and even lead his gym class in their warm-up exercises.
Want to avoid autism? Try going out in the sun.
Over the past 20 years, autism has become an increasingly common developmental disorder in children, causing abnormal social behavior and communication problems. At the same time, sunscreen usage has steadily risen and people have become more likely to avoid the sun for health reasons. Could something as simple as getting more sun actual help prevent autism spectrum disorder? New research suggests that it can.
Hand-over-hand IM training and autism
We often get questions on how to use IM with specific populations, how to work with the equipment and anything else that is causing our Providers headaches. Amy Vega, a fabulous SLP and our Clinical Education Director, is here to answer those questions from time to time. Today, she tackles an important question for parents and our OT and PT professionals: I know every kid is different, but approximately how many sessions would be typical for an almost non-speaking 15 yo with autism?