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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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 Despite being promoted to the next grade level, Shay was failing many classes and felt embarrassed and withdrawn from activities with kids at school.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!
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!
National Time Management Month is celebrated during February each year. February is the perfect month to focus on time management skills with your clients. Time management is not as complex or difficult as it seems. When children learn time management early in life, they tend to do so for the rest of their lives. Time management in students helps them achieve their academic and recreational goals. It also teaches them to be independent and productive.
Children diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have difficulty staying on task and staying organized, all of which can make time management challenging. This is because of the way the brain tends to process things when a person is living with ADHD.
9-year-old Anna has been diagnosed with ADHD and has difficulty focusing and is easily distracted. She showed signs of moodiness, was easily bored, and had emotional breakdowns. After completing 14 sessions and 20,000 repetitions of Interactive Metronome, Anna's family noticed she was taking better initiative with significant improvement in her temper tantrums. They also reported Anna was learning better ways to study, which ultimately led to her receiving A's and B's in school.
In this first study of its kind, Bonacina et al. provide evidence for how rhythmic skills interconnect and develop in school-age children. Of particular interest is the finding that children who clapped to a beat during the Interactive Metronome (IM) condition, while receiving feedback for millisecond timing, demonstrated the least variability in their synchronization and performed better on all of the other rhythm activities evaluated. Rhythm is complicated, there are several rhythm intelligences, and IM alone impacts all of the vital rhythms that are so important to the development of language and literacy.
IM Provider, Course instructor and researcher Dillen Hartley, OTR/L presented at the Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder Summit. He discussed Interactive Metronome Applications for Retraining the Brain in ASD,[...]
Occupational Therapist Laura Anderson, from Avera St. Lukes uses Interactive Metronome with Gannon Schock to help improve the synchronization between his brain and body. It "helps [him] find a center beat on what a good beat should be for daily life." Since using IM, Gannon has shown significant improvement. Gannon even says he likes school now.