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10 Tips to Keep ADHD Children Focused Over the Holidays

Do you remember last holiday season? A bit of a blur, hmm? You remember fighting the crowds on Black Friday, your in-laws extending their trip for an extra three days (insert picture of you pulling your hair out), the gifts and all of the cleaning up after the New Year. But, do you remember Kevin's book report? The one he put off until the night before he returned to school from holiday break?! He had three weeks to finish that book report, but something just kept getting in the way. This season, help your children stay on task and focused on a successful 2014. Just because children are out of school doesn't mean they should take a vacation from learning. Here are a few tips to turn any situation into an educational opportunity, or simply add some excitement to regular schoolwork. 

Brain-Training Tools for More Attention, Less Deficit

These ADHD therapies offer fun and games with a serious purpose: increasing your child's focus.

by Paul Gilbert

Ben is a 12-year-old with ADHD, who used to have trouble in school. His grades were below average, and he was easily distracted, unable to remember much of the material taught in class. Ben struggled with homework assignments and studying for tests. He felt defeated, and was frustrated by his parents' attempts to get him to study harder. He put in the extra effort, but nothing seemed to help.

 

Restoring Hope with Interactive Metronome!

 

Sean was adopted at nine months old, now 11 years old, lives with his mother, father, and two sisters. For much of his life, Sean has suffered from mood swings, severe behavioral problems, and difficulty sleeping. He’s been diagnosed with several different disorders, including Cognitive Deficits, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD), and possible Ring 21 Syndrome. He takes several medications to manage these conditions.  When Sean first started IM, his performance measured in the extreme deficiency range. His speech-language, listening, and comprehension skills were also far below average. He also struggled with low self-confidence. During the course of the IM, Sean showed marked gains. Sean’s mother reports a fantastic improvement in his behavior at home, as well as his attitude toward education and social skills. She credits the IM program with restoring hope for her little boy, where medication and traditional therapy had failed.

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 March Provider of the Month: Tom Burkard from IMprove Japan

Meet our March Provider of the Month, Tom Burkard, founder and creator of IMprove Japan. Tom began his journey with IM in 2004 when he traveled from Japan to Hawaii with his 11 year old son who has ADHD for IM training. Find out of how IM helped Tom's son and many other lives overseas!

Featured in the News: New approach to ADHD has promising results


A new system for treating ADHD symptoms and other types of learning challenges isn't only drug free-- but brings new meaning to the term 'timing is everything.'

It's not the latest video game to hit big. This is 25 year old Malachi Wristen participating in a classic session with the Interactive Metronome treatment.

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!
 

Featured in the News: Game-Like Therapy Helps Kids with ADHD Without Drugs

By Daisy Lin and Bruce Hensel |  Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  

A Camarillo-based organization is using Interactive Metronome to help improve brain timing.

Children as young as 4 years old are being allowed to take drugs for ADHD and other behavioral problems. But some parents, like the Solomons, were desperate to find a drug-free alternative for their son, Adam. They turned to a new drug-free way to treat ADHD that uses a game-like therapy called Interactive Metronome. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2012.

IM helps to increase self awareness

 

Self awareness impacts so much of our daily life. Awareness of where we are in space has a huge impact on safety. Awareness of other people around us impacts development of our social skills. Awareness of how we maintain our body impacts development of self care skills. 

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