By Interactive Metronome, Bricole Reincke - March 25, 2015
Maggie was only 7 years old when she came in to start Interactive Metronome® training. Maggie and her twin sister where born nearly 3 months premature, with Maggie only weighing 2.5 lbs at birth. Shortly thereafter, Maggie was diagnosed with Cerebral palsy and Hydrocephalous.
Maggie’s parents mostly hoped to address her motor deficits with IM training. Maggie’s mother said that she could only take a couple of steps without a walker. Maggie’s parents really wanted to see Maggie walk and get in and out of the car by herself. While she hasn’t yet encountered trouble with her grades at school, her handwriting is illegible.
The first 10 sessions with Maggie required a lot of hand-over-hand assistance. However, after that, she never looked back and completed IM training totally unassisted. After just a few weeks, she could walk 22 steps without support and she could get in and out of the car. Her father was also happy to report that she is communicating her needs better and she is following simple commands at home. The whole family has been amazed at the changes!
Although she is no longer receiving regular IM training, Maggie does come in for monthly “tune-ups” and her parents are considering IM-Home. Maggie is still in occupational and physical therapy, but her therapists have noticed a big change in her abilities. Her OT has said that her handwriting improvements have been drastic. Her teachers noted her handwriting improvements too, but also added that she doesn’t need assistance on the playground or while dressing and packing to leave.
Maggie’s parents are thrilled with the results of IM training and credit a lot of her recent changes to the efforts of her IM Provider. Maggie’s experience is certainly a positive story and we are so grateful to be able to help children truly be all they can be. Way to go Maggie!