Interactive Metronome® keeps Susan off thin ice and chasing her dreams.

Precision, rhythm, and timing are paramount in the captivating world of figure skating. These qualities extend beyond physical attributes; they encompass mental agility and unwavering focus. Join us as we delve into the inspiring journey of Susan, a young figure skater, and witness how she harnessed the transformative power of Interactive Metronome to elevate her performance. Through Susan's story, we will explore her triumphs over challenges and the remarkable transformation of her weaknesses into strengths.

Get ahead of the class with IM!

Shay, an 11-year-old girl who struggled with ADHD and LD. Despite being promoted to the next grade level, Shay was failing many classes and felt embarrassed and withdrawn from activities with kids at school.

Shay’s mom heard about Interactive Metronome (IM) and sought the program out to help her daughter. IM Training helped Shay enhance her focus and attention span, which were major challenges for her.

After just fifteen sessions with the program, Shay retook the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency and the IM Long Form Assessment, and showed drastic improvement in her fine motor precision, bilateral coordination, and visual motor integration skills. Her handwriting ability improved significantly and she started to complete assignments much more quickly in the classroom.

The impact of IM on Shay's life was enormous. Her grades improved, and for the first time ever, she passed classes. She even joined the track team and started having sleepovers with friends. Her self-esteem skyrocketed and her conversations became light and funny. It was clear, IM had a big impact on Shay!

Interactive Metronome Helps Children Improve in School

We wanted to share two inspiring case studies with you about how Interactive Metronome (IM) has helped children improve their school performance. An 8-year-old boy named Matthew struggled with reading due to poor fluency and comprehension skills. After just two months of IM, his teacher noticed he began focusing better and wasn't asking as many questions. Halfway through 3rd grade, Matthew's reading comprehension level registered on the scale, and his handwriting skills improved too!

Similarly, a 13-year-old girl named Elyssa was diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Impairment and had trouble in school with understanding directions and focusing. After 6 weeks of IM training, her teacher reported that she was reading more fluently and confidently participating in classroom discussions. Elyssa was even able to test out of 2 of her Special Education classes!

Taking your life from ordinary to extraordinary

Growing up and going through school with learning disabilities is no easy feat - regardless of how determined a person is.  The key is to recognize the symptoms and address the issues.  In Andrew's case - he just wanted to be a normal teenager, a goal that he was able to achieve through Interactive Metronome® training.

Interactive Metronome & ALS: It’s About Quality of Life

Prior to IM training, he had lost his ability to fully extend his fingers on both hands. After performing the customized IM exercises for finger extension with Robyn for about2 1/2 months, Larry regained the ability to fully extend the fingers on his right hand and partially extend the fingers on his left hand….In Larry’s own words, “I firmly believe that Interactive Metronome® therapy has played a large part in stalling the progression of ALS and believe it should be a frontline defense therapy for early diagnosed patients.”

Interactive Metronome Makes Rick’s Forgetfulness a Distant Memory

Rick is a 47 year old veteran and college student. He suffered a stroke and now he is having some problems with memory, speech and number recall in particular. He used to be an EMT (emergency medical technician), so he wasn’t used to being the one that needed medical assistance. Although it was frustrating for him at first, Rick powered through his IM training and saw improvement across the board. Not only did his memory and speech fluency improve, but he is having less dizzy spells and just feels more confident. This summer he passed his compressed algebra course and is back on track for success.

“Are you ready?”

Ash refused to let Autism Spectrum Disorder rule his life, learn how his grades and behavioral patterns greatly improved after training with Interactive Metronome.
Ash, a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, didn’t typically struggle with his academics but had the tendency to speak out of turn, chew on his clothing or other items he found around him, and had trouble keeping his hands to himself which was often reflected in on his daily report card. After trying other modalities with no improvement, IM was introduced. Ash struggled getting used to the headphones and the rhythm but was excited to try this “new computer game with clapping”. Being a perfectionist, Ash refused to give up and wanted to do better. After months of IM training, he was able to meet his IM goal and it showed not only on his report card but with his abilities to stay on task in class and even lead his gym class in their warm-up exercises.

Hand-over-hand IM training and autism

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. Today, she tackles an important question for parents and our OT and PT professionals: I know every kid is different, but approximately how many sessions would be typical for an almost non-speaking 15 yo with autism?

Special Report: The Interactive Metronome (IM) and ADHD

National Time Management Month is celebrated during February each year. February is the perfect month to focus on time management skills with your clients. Time management is not as complex or difficult as it seems. When children learn time management early in life, they tend to do so for the rest of their lives. Time management in students helps them achieve their academic and recreational goals. It also teaches them to be independent and productive.

Children diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have difficulty staying on task and staying organized, all of which can make time management challenging. This is because of the way the brain tends to process things when a person is living with ADHD.

We are Proud to Announce Our February Provider of the Month

Dr. Susan Zapf is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional with over 27 years of experience working with the pediatric population in both private practice and the school-based settings. She is an entrepreneur and is the Owner and Clinical of The Children’s Therapy Center, Inc., a prominent pediatric sensory integration clinic in Houston, Texas. Dr. Zapf is also the Owner and President of Children’s Journey to Shine, Inc, an educational training company that educates healthcare professionals on assistive technology assessment and service delivery and provides therapy services that utilize animals and nature as tools in therapy. Dr. Zapf is the President of Reining Potential of Texas, a non-profit organization that uses the horse in occupational therapy services. Dr. Zapf is adjunct faculty for the Ph.D. Pediatric Science track at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah, and teaches a course on assistive technology. As an occupational therapist, she is passionate about helping children and their families develop skills to reach their full potential and she believes that occupational therapy, assistive technology, and animals can be powerful interventions to assist in this process.

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