Sam Proves that Small Gains Matter
Sam's life was turned upside down after he suffered from a left arteriovenous malformation (AVM) with bleeding, which caused him to suffer from many complications especially after surgery. During his recovery, and after being admitted into HealthSouth's comprehensive brain injury program, Sam was able to make progress and gains towards returning to his normal daily life, with the help of Interactive Metronome® training.
Iman improves 100% with IM
Iman lives at home with his mother and father, as well as an older brother. Iman is six years-old and is enrolled in elementary school. Based on caregiver and teacher[...]
Improving attention isn’t just for kids
Claudia is an older woman has been diagnosed with demenita. Claudia's family wasn't really sure how to help her, so they reached out to Interactive Metronome®. With IM training, Claudia was able to improve and increase her attention.
Improving Concentration with IM Training
We often get questions on how to use IM with specific populations, how to work with the equipment and anything else that is causing our Providers headaches. Amy Vega, a fabulous SLP and our Clinical Education Director, is here to answer those questions from time to time. This time she tackles a important one for Providers: what type of IM training is more important for children with concentration issues?
Should distractions be added to IM training?
We often get questions on how to use IM with specific populations, how to work with the equipment and anything else that is causing our Providers headaches. Amy Vega, a fabulous SLP and our Clinical Education Director, is here to answer those questions from time to time. This time she tackles a important one for Providers, should distractions be added to IM and how soon?
What do you know about Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT)?
Attention disorders are on the rise in America. With so many kids being medicated for ADHD, what is the likelihood that there is another attention disorder actually at play? Some researchers think it very likely; in fact, many think that millions of kids are misdiagnosed. Read more to find out about a new condition, sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT).
Want a good workout? Try not paying attention.
"Restless Mind, Restless Body," a study published in the December edition of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (Seli et al), shows a correlation between sustained focus and the ability to control secondary motor movement, like sitting still during a lecture.
Meet September’s Provider of the Month: Sherrie Hardy
Meet September's Provider of the Month:
Sherrie Hardy from Hardy Brain Training Camarillo, CA
Check out how Sherrie has been using IM therapy to help patients from ages 4 to 90 overcome ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, autism, and many other diagnoses. After trying IM with her own daughter, Sherrie added the therapy to her clinic's offerings. Sherrie has worked with over 2500 clients at Hardy Brain Training, Hardy Academy, and her foundation. Read more to hear some of Sherrie's success stories and find out how Sherrie has incorporated IM Home into her therapy.
The “Big Picture” Explanation of the Underlying Mechanisms of Interactive Metronome
A picture is worth a thousand words. So, without further ado, below I unveil the following pictorial representation that captures, in my professional opinion, “what is happening under the hood” with Interactive Metronome (IM) technology, particularly as it relates to improved attention, focus, and thinking efficiency.
A person can only hold only “so much” information in working memory
A person can only hold only “so much” information in working memory … here is an anology: There are 5 babies in the bed. Put another one in, and one of the babies in the bed falls out. The bed can only hold “5” babies. Period. This study by Kane et al (2001) published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology further bolsters the theory that our ability to focus and pay attention is largely driven by how many bits of information (“babies”) we can hold in our working memory without losing them in the presence of more bits of information or distractions (“more babies”). Working memory is a skill that is dependent upon timing in the brain. The better the brain’s timing, the better working memory can hold onto the bits of information and use them for the situation (i.e., learning) or problem at hand. Taub et al (2007) have theorized that Interactive Metronome, a patented program that improves timing in the brain, primarily addresses thinking speed and working memory, thereby improving our ability to focus and learn.
Kane, M.J., Blecky, M.K., Conway, A.R.A., and Engle, R.W. (2001) A controlled attention view of working-memory capacity. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 130(2), 169-183.
Taub. G., McGrew, K.S., and Keith, T.Z. (2007). Improvement in interval timing tracking and effects on reading
achievement. Psychology in the Schools, 44(8), 849-863.