By Interactive Metronome, Bricole Reincke - September 19, 2013
Meet September’s Provider of the Month: Sherrie Hardy
Meet September’s Provider of the Month:
Sherrie Hardy from Hardy Brain Training Camarillo, CA
Name: Sherrie Hardy
Type of Professional: Educator
Years using IM: 14
Hardy Brain Training, Inc. and Hardy Brain Training Foundation, Inc – a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation
Location: Camarillo, CA
Children, teens, adults and seniors with learning, attention and perceptual-motor challenges.
What made you look into IM?
I was looking for programs to help my daughters while I was running a therapy clinic helping children and teens diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, bi-polar, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, autism, Asperger’s and other DSM4 diagnoses. Jim Cassily was just getting ready to put Interactive Metronome on the market and when he told me that my kids would clap 32,000 times and life would get better I thought we should try it. As my daughters improved, I added IM to the neurofeedback and other brain training programs we were offering at the clinic and started seeing positive changes in our clients.
Tell us about your business (patients served, size of practice, services offered, how often you use IM and IM-Home in daily practice):
In 2003, I opened Hardy Brain Training to permanently improve brain function for struggling students so they could learn like “regular” kids without needing constant tutoring to succeed in school. In that same year I started Hardy Brain Training Foundation to provide help for those who needed brain change programs but could not afford them. We continue to raise money to help struggling students through our non-profit and work with private clients across the US and Canada. In 2005 I opened Hardy Academy for students struggling with severe learning and attention challenges in grades 2 through 12. Through these three venues we have used IM and IM Home programs within cognitive, sensory and perceptual –motor frameworks to permanently improve the lives of over 2500 clients ages 4 to 90.
What do you like most about IM?
It’s easy, it’s fast and it works! Because timing deficiencies are one part of all processing deficits, IM can help to quickly improve processing weaknesses when combined with other targeted approaches.
What do you like most about IM-Home?
Families have the flexibility to train when it is convenient for them and the opportunity to train “long term” to really maximize training results for helping kids with more severe difficulties. I had two calls this week from families with life-changing long term training successes. “Carrie’s” mom called with exciting news that “Carrie” is doing great in traditional school this fall (rather than home school) AND, for the first time in her life, is going to school without having to use her cane to walk. “Carrie” started in the severely below average millisecond range with limited independent mobility and limited confidence to walk independently and has reached the gifted training range. She struggled in school with learning and last year the learning challenges became so severe that her mother chose to home school her. “Carrie” completed 285 IM sessions of varied lengths over the last year and she is excited to return to school without her cane and with more independence and confidence this fall.
“Mark’s” mom call with happy news that “Mark” had come home from school for the first time ever with better grades, more confidence AND he said, “I think my teachers like me!” Every year “Mark” has felt that his teachers consider him a “problem” but this year his six teachers all like having him in class! “Mark” completed 111 sessions of varying lengths moving his scores from the very severely below average to the gifted range.
Do you incorporate Best Practices with you IM training? If so, please share some of your favorites with us. (Note a “Best Practice” is using IM beyond the standard 14 exercises)
I design a variety of different kinds of training plans, tempos and duration of activities that I encourage my clients to use 5 days a week for 45 minutes until their scores are in the “above average” range. My average number of sessions for all of the clients we have trained is 23. For those who really want to excel, I recommend adding 15 to 20 minutes of training 2 or 3 days a week until they reach the gifted range. Once there, clients are encouraged to train before any special events where they really want to “shine”.
How do your clients learn about you?
Word of mouth, news stories and my website are the three ways current clients find me. When I was growing my business I used open houses, ads in a local community newspaper and lots of scholarships to bring people into the clinic. They all helped spread the word for us about how brain training really makes a difference.
What tips do you have for other IM Providers?
Find the part of your practice that you feel most passionate about and do more of that. When you have great passion for something you can easily work harder and longer at making it succeed.