Featured in the News: Finding focus, one clap at a time

It’s a weekday afternoon at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club and about a dozen children ages 5 to 8 enter the computer room. Each puts on headphones, straps a round plastic button to one hand and starts clapping.

Most of these children are struggling in school, and some have learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder.

They are participating in a three- to four-week pilot program called Hardy Brain Camp, a unique form of therapy designed to help the young pupils focus and succeed in school.

Our February Provider of the Month: Lisa Poe from A Focused Brain

Meet Lisa Poe, from A Focused Brain in Mississippi, the February IM Provider of the Month. Lisa is an occupational therapist and has been an IM Provider since 2009 as well as an IM instructor since 2010. 

Find out what makes her such a great IM Provider and how she makes the most out of IM in her clinic!

Our January Provider of the Month: Lisa and Ross Pearson from Accomplished Learning

Meet our first providers of the month, Lisa & Ross Pearson from Accomplished Learning in British Columbia, Canada. Lisa and Ross have been IM providers since 2008. Accomplished Learning is a private practice that specializes in helping kids who need more than just tutoring. 
 
Learn about who they serve, how they market, and how they use IM-Home at their facility!
 

Our Professional Conference was a HUGE Success…Thanks to You!

We want to say thank you to everyone that attended this year's IM Professional Conference. We had a great turn out and received RAVE reviews. This truly couldn't have been done without your support, so like we said in the opening remarks, give yourself a pat on the back and a round of applause! 

IM Professional Conference 2012: We want to make a commercial for you!

Lights, camera, action! We want to make you the movie star in your very own IM Video clip!

You will have the opportunity to make your own commercial at the IM Professional Conference in San Antonio this October 26-28!  With websites, YouTube and social media sites it’s imperative to get yourself on the digital stream. We know that a production studio is expensive and creating your own video can come out like a Blair Witch production, so let the pros do it for you! 

Introducing our Keynote Speaker for the IM Professional Conference 2012

You’ve heard about him, you’ve read his blog posts, and now you can meet him in person at the IM Professional Conference 2012 in San Antonio, TX October 26-28!

…drum roll…Dr. Kevin McGrew A.K.A. The Time Doc2

Dr. McGrew will be the Keynote speaker for the Conference and we excited to have him lead the conference with the Presentation: 

I think...therefore IM

Based upon a review of IM-specific research, personal experience with IM-Home, and a review of neurocognitive and brain-timing research, Dr. McGrew has developed a set of research and theory-based hypotheses regarding the cognitive demands and cognitive benefits of IM training. In this presentation, Dr. McGrew will provide an update on the most current evidence for how IM invokes and trains controlled attention (focus), working memory, executive functions, and more efficient brain network communication.

The "why" of the cognitive benefits of IM training (e.g., controlled attention; selective on-demand focus; quieting the busy mind; increased neural or brain efficiency) will be placed in the context of contemporary cognitive neuroscience research and theory.

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You won't want to miss meeting Kevin and our other instructors at the conference!

Register before 9/15 and receive the Early Bird Discount!

 

 

 

A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Interactive Metronome Training on the Language Skills of an Adolescent Female With a Language Learning Disorder

 

This 2008 study published in Contemporary Issues In Communication Science and Disorders demonstrated the effect of IM training on expressive and receptive language skills in an adolescent female with a language learning disorder (LLD).  According to the study, the subject (Renee) was in 7th grade and was experiencing difficulty with both oral and written language.  Renee was extremely frustrated and required several special accommodations at school like increased time for test-taking, altered or shortened assignments, modified grading scale, open book exams, and shortened verbal instruction. She spent part of the time in the regular classroom and received special education services in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  The IEP showed specific emphasis on word retrieval, syntax (with pronouns specifically), reading, writing, and math.

Sabado, J.J. & Fuller, D.R. (2008). A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Interactive Metronome Training on the Language Skills of an Adolescent Female With a Language Learning Disorder. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 35, 65-71.

Why Can’t I use a Regular Metronome?

Why Can’t I use a Regular Metronome?

Some parents have asked me if they could just use a regular musical metronome and get the same results as Interactive Metronome at home or IM-Home. A standard metronome is typically used by musicians to help them practice the tempo of music. They have also been used in traditional therapy to help patients with their timing and rhythm, however there is one piece that is missing. – FEEDBACK!

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