By Interactive Metronome - September 21, 2011
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 it was going to change his life.
Prior to IM, Jimmy used to crawl around the floor like a baby because he thought it was easier than walking with his walker. At school he couldn’t play outside with his friends and felt left out. His parents were desperate to try anything that would help their son. At first they were skeptical, but were quickly proved wrong. Jimmy immediately started to show improvement with his balance and coordination. His handwriting even started to get better. Jimmy continued to make improvement and then one day he took his first step…without his walker! After seeing that, Jimmy’s father committed himself to making sure that Interactive Metronome helped others like Jimmy. He helped the inventor raise funding so the product could go to market and even serves as a board member to date.
Today, Jimmy loves basketball and is the Varsity basketball team manager, where he is responsible for keeping track of the stats during the game. Earlier in the season he filmed the games. He is taking piano classes and involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Every summer he swims competitively on a team. He will be graduating from high school with a 3.0 GPA. Jimmy plans on attending college to become a sports broadcaster. He was a delight to talk with and watching him shoot some hoops was an added bonus!