It is Stroke Awareness Month, and while strokes affects millions of people year round, it's time to shine the light on these life-changing events. Strokes can strike anyone, anytime; it is not a condition that is limited to older individuals, or those in poor health. When Marcus suffered a stroke during infancy, the damage caused a variety of developmental delays. However, today, Marcus has started to enjoy school, playing with his friends and his vocabulary has taken off!
We heard the story of Franklin, a young boy with developmental delays, and we just wanted to share. He is such a happy little boy, and for years he was held back by developmental delays...Well, not anymore! Franklin is following instructions, having fun in school, and most importantly, smiling and laughing again. Read more to find out how IM training helped Franklin.
Carl was a young man with developmental delays, a previous head injury and a pretty toxic home environment. Fortunately, Carl has found a loving new home and he began receiving therapy for his conditions. With the dedicated support of his family, a great group of therapist and educators, and some IM training, Carl is now on the road to success. Today, he is doing good in school and he is finally able to enjoy a day in the park!
Jorden is an awesome kid! We are just happy that IM could be part of his life and really help take his therapy sessions to the next level. Kudos, Jorden! Keep up the great work and we look forward to hearing that you are doing fantastic for years to come.
Developmental disabilities affect nearly 14% of the population, and that is a big deal to us here at Interactive Metronome® (IM). We want everyone to reach their fullest potential, whether it is in the classroom, board room or on the field. It's that TIME of the year. Get moving this spring with IM.
Developmental Delays in a Pre-teen child
I’ve been an OT for 20 years now and have seen many patients with the diagnosis of Developmental Delay. As these children age, some of them do “catch up” but others tend to develop at their own pace. Sometimes other syndromes or conditions or influences are impacting these children as well. One day a mother was talking to me after our OT session and she stated – “He is just marching to the beat of his own drummer!” and that has stuck with me for the past 15 or so years. Well, that statement in itself has a rhythmical reference to it, so I thought why not try IM with some of my patients who had Developmental Delays and see if it would be helpful.
A 12-year-old boy was my first prospect. I had known him and worked with him since he was 18 months old. I reviewed with mom what I had learned, and let her know that I thought this might be a good option for her son who was struggling in school and was very slow and awkward in general. She agreed, knowing that at the very least it would be a good workout for him and that he would have to do some good motor planning during the tasks. She committed to coming in 2x/week before school...
Why I choose to use the Interactive Metronome (IM)
Hi there! My name is Wendy Harron and I am an Occupational Therapist. I have worked at A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, DE for the past 20 years helping kids suffering from Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and various other genetic and developmental disabilities.
When heard about the Interactive Metronome words like "Technology", "Computers", "Cowbells", "Clapping" and "Tapping" flooded my ears. How could any of these help a child who has special needs? It seems that there are tons of techniques and modalities out there to help our children. How do you know which one to choose? Therapeutic Listening Programs, Astronaut Training Protocols, Captain’s Log, Brain Gym…. the list goes on and on. Each one different and requiring investigation to see which one will work for your family and your child. I had been reviewing research about a program called Interactive Metronome, seeing its positive impact on not only children with special needs, but adults with special needs, children in school, musicians, football players and even golfers! This was something that I needed to check out!