By Interactive Metronome - April 10, 2014
Name: Wendy Harron
Profession: Occupational Therapist
Years using IM: 10 years
Facility: DuPont Hospital for Children
Location: Wilmington, DE
Population served: Pediatrics
What made you look into IM? I loved that it was a brain based intervention and seemed to make so much sense.
How have you used IM in your practice/personally? In my practice, I have had the wonderful opportunity to use IM with many different children, including those with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, hemiplegia, learning disabilities, etc. They had sometimes been stuck in traditional therapy, and IM really helped them to turn the corner and make progress again. I have had the chance to develop some best practices that really motivate the kids, and have even let them help too. Parents and the kids have both been thrilled with the progress.
Personally, I am recovering from two traumatic brain injuries that occurred within 7 months of each other. I received an IM-Home unit right away and have been utilizing it as my recovery allows. I see a difference in my motor planning, speech, gait pattern and much more! I will continue to use my IM-Home, and when I’m back to work I will use it to challenge my clients again!
Have you used the Fall Risk Coaching with clients? If so, would you like to share any tips? No, I haven’t. Someone should put me through the program though, as a fall risk bracelet is part of my wardrobe! Lol…
Have you used IM-Home with clients? If so, would you like to share any tips? I love IM-Home. I used the old version with several patients. It is a wonderful tool. With children, I prefer to see them in the clinic for a bit to make sure they will be compliant at home with their caregivers; sometimes, you just never know with kids! In my own experience, it is neat how my IM trainer, Amy Vega, and I can communicate so easily. She can also monitor and change my program as needed.
What other methods have you found successful in your practice? I like to combine IM into all different theories, such as sensory integration, developmental, rehab, NDT, etc. It is such a great modality to use!
Anything else you want to say? IM has been such an important tool in my practice with pediatric clients. With the way IM impacts neuroplasticity, the way insurance companies are shortening the length of treatment and the busy lifestyles of today’s families, IM should be included in treatment when appropriate to increase the patients’ progress. I know how unique this tool is, and how it impacts the brain from using it myself. If you aren’t trained in IM, the course is great CEUs for the money!