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Money Saving Tips so you can afford to attend the IM Professional Conference in San Antonio

Money Saving Tips so you can afford to attend the IM Professional Conference in San Antonio
 
IM Professional Conference 2012
San Antonio, TX | Oct 26-28
 
Conference Countdown Only 4 days left to save!
 

 

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IM Professional Conference 2012: We want to make a commercial for you!

Lights, camera, action! We want to make you the movie star in your very own IM Video clip!

You will have the opportunity to make your own commercial at the IM Professional Conference in San Antonio this October 26-28!  With websites, YouTube and social media sites it’s imperative to get yourself on the digital stream. We know that a production studio is expensive and creating your own video can come out like a Blair Witch production, so let the pros do it for you! 

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Featured in the News: Boys & Girls Clubs good for kids, local economy, study says

By Hannah Guzik 

Special to The Star 

Posted August 23, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.

 

A seven-year study of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme shows the after-school program has improved the academic and personal outlook for the hundreds of children taking part, many of whom are at risk.
 
The California Lutheran University study, released Wednesday, was designed to quantify the impact the program has in the region as the club searches for money to implement new programs for low-income students.
 
According to the study's author, Jamshid Damooei, chairman of the economics, finance and accounting department at CLU, every $1 invested in Ventura County youths has a return of $12 for the community.
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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.

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I Think…Therefore IM: The Time Doc2 gets prepared for IM keynote

IM-HOME readers may have wondered why I have been MIA from the IM-HOME blog. I simply have been swamped this summer.  I have been very busy accumulating the latest brain network research—research that has direct relevance to understanding how IM improves focus, controlled attention, working memory, and executive functions.  The problem has been that the research literature has been exploding at such a rate that I can barely keep up with reading it—let alone write about it.

But…I now have a goal to start blogging (again) on a regular basis.

First, I want to thank IM for the advance press regarding my IM Keynote in October.  The pressure is on.

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Introducing our Keynote Speaker for the IM Professional Conference 2012

You’ve heard about him, you’ve read his blog posts, and now you can meet him in person at the IM Professional Conference 2012 in San Antonio, TX October 26-28!

…drum roll…Dr. Kevin McGrew A.K.A. The Time Doc2

Dr. McGrew will be the Keynote speaker for the Conference and we excited to have him lead the conference with the Presentation: 

I think...therefore IM

Based upon a review of IM-specific research, personal experience with IM-Home, and a review of neurocognitive and brain-timing research, Dr. McGrew has developed a set of research and theory-based hypotheses regarding the cognitive demands and cognitive benefits of IM training. In this presentation, Dr. McGrew will provide an update on the most current evidence for how IM invokes and trains controlled attention (focus), working memory, executive functions, and more efficient brain network communication.

The "why" of the cognitive benefits of IM training (e.g., controlled attention; selective on-demand focus; quieting the busy mind; increased neural or brain efficiency) will be placed in the context of contemporary cognitive neuroscience research and theory.

 

You won't want to miss meeting Kevin and our other instructors at the conference!

Register before 9/15 and receive the Early Bird Discount!

 

 

 

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Featured in the News: Interactive Metronome Therapy Helps Amputees Learn to Walk Again

When Fred Davis lost both of his legs to infection --he thought his walking days were over.Then he was introduced to a therapy that combines movement and timing to help the brain redevelop motor skills. It’s called Interactive Metronome. For six months, Mederi Caretender therapist Tameka Walker has been helping Davis relearn to walk. "Left hand, right toe, left hand, right toe. Got it?” she instructs. To the chime of a cowbell, Davis steps one foot forward on a mat – and then pulls it back. Then, it’s the other foot, always sticking to the beat. If his rhythm is off, he hears an unpleasant buzz. Davis suffers from diabetes. In 2005 -- he injured his toe. The untreated injury led to gangrene and an eventual amputation. In February of this year, another injury led to the loss of his right leg.

 

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Check out the Time Docs Blog post on the Aurora Shooting as it relates to a victim who suffered a brain injury

Check out the Time Docs Blog post on the Aurora Shooting as it relates to a victim who suffered a brain injury

Aurora shooting victim benefits from music in brain injury recovery

Yet another interesting video reporting on the use of the rhythmic aspects of music in brain injury recovery...similar to the Gabby Giffords story.  Additional clinical evidence of the importance oftemporal processing in the brain.

 

View Video- http://www.brainclock.net/2012/08/aurora-shooting-victim-benefits-from.html

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Featured in the News: Interactive Metronome therapy brings Bradenton woman relief from migraines


Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/04/10/3989026/healthy-living-interactive-metronome.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/04/10/3989026/healthy-living-interactive-metronome.html#storylink=cpy

 

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Interactive Metronome Helps Teens Improve in School & Self-Confidence


IM Helps Teen Girl Gain Self-Confidence & Improve Grades
Kandyce is an extremely shy 14-year-old girl with low self-esteem who had an unspecified learning disability and coordination problems. She was failing her high school classes and hated school, so much so that she wanted to home school. Kandyce’s mother noted that she was sad, had a lack of direction and was generally unmotivated.  After hearing about Interactive Metronome (IM), her mother became hopeful that Kandyce’s grades might improve and that she might become more motivated.At home, Kandyce’s mom noticed improvements too; she did her homework without being told, and even started reading in her free time.  stayed in school and proudly passed the ninth grade and is now in tenth grade. She is noticeably more self-assured and confident. With her improved coordination and increased confidence, she plans to try out for the soccer team in the spring!
 
IM Helps Teen Boy Improves Reading Fluency & Self-Esteem
Smith, a 13-year-old boy, his parents sought out speech therapy because he was not making good grades in school. He especially struggled in math, and didn’t like to read. His personal goals were to do better in 8th grade, make more friends, play a sport, and be able to finish a task.His mother saw changes not only in his self-esteem but by the time Smith finished IM he was reading more fluently, his grades had improved and he was enjoying life in general. Both Smith and his mother could not express in words how thankful they were for the IM program. As for his goal to play a sport, he’s very excited to be on the basketball team this semester!

 

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Sensory in Summer

As summer approaches, the world changes for a child with a sensory processing disorder. The type of clothing you wear, the temperature, the foods you eat, your daily schedule, where you play, the list could go on and on. These changes can put our sensory kiddo’s over the edge. But, there are things you can do to help!!

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Music to a Mother’s Ears

Learn how IM helped improve Michael’s communication.

Michael is following 1-step commands that are given to him. He is pointing at and identifying simple shapes. He is focusing on a fine motor activity for up to 15 minutes in duration without exiting the activity.Michael’s family is thrilled with the progress he has made with IM. He loves to go to music class and has started singing Baa Baa Black Sheep, Row, Row Your Boat and Itsy Bitsy Spider. When they go to lunch, he grabs his tray and moves it along the lunch line. He’s also opened up to his classmates, and is thoroughly enjoying their company!

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Featured on McKinght's Search Eldercare: A therapeutic intervention to decrease fall risk

Preventing falls among patients in healthcare settings requires a comprehensive approach. As therapists we find that falls can result in hip fractures, head injuries or even death. In many cases, adults aged 65 years or older,who have experienced a fall, have a hard time recovering and their overall health deteriorates. One half of all older adults hospitalized for hip fracture never regain their former level of function. For our patients, the fear of falling results in self-limiting activities. It causes reduced mobility and fitness and ultimately predisposes them to falls.

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Featured in the News!: Therapy helps amputees regain ability to walk

 

A new therapy, called Interactive Metronome, uses a steady beat to help improve cognitive and motor skills, and help amputees such as Frederick Davis of St. Petersburg to walk again.

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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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Gross Motor Skills are impacted by your ability to Focus!

Most of us don’t realize how important focus is to the development of gross motor skills. Jumping, running, walking, throwing a ball – they all require some amount of focusing skills, especially for those who have a medical condition which impacts the development of those skills. 

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Is the P-FIT it? Part 1—The P-FIT model described

 

The law of individual differences is the only proven law in psychology.  This law has resulted in decades of research regarding theories and models of intelligence and individual differences in intelligence.  Within the past two decades a general consensus has emerged from the psychometric intelligence research that the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory of intelligenceis the most empirically supported taxonomy for understanding the structure of human intelligence.

[Note – this is the first in a series of posts intended to present an integration of intelligence, cognitive neuroscience, and applied neuroscience research with the goal to advance a set of hypotheses or model(s) that explain how the Interactive Metronome® (IM) technology results in improved cognitive functioning—specifically focus or controlled attention]

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Well, it was a leap of faith...

By Mary Jones OTR/L, LMT, CIMT 

Frank and I had known each other for years.  We became acquainted first socially through a mutual friend and then, sadly, on a professional level.  Headaches had led to brain scans and then on to brain surgery and he had requested that I be his primary therapist.  Traditional therapies were helping but only to a point and following three months of outpatient services I was saddened to hear that his physical therapist was ready to discharge him.  Having known Frank before his accident, I had the advantage of familiarity with his drive to succeed and his passion for independence.  Despite his initial skepticism, Frank had begun to accept his fate that Interactive Metronome was the one card as yet left unturned towards his recovery.  

 

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A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Interactive Metronome Training on the Language Skills of an Adolescent Female With a Language Learning Disorder

 

This 2008 study published in Contemporary Issues In Communication Science and Disorders demonstrated the effect of IM training on expressive and receptive language skills in an adolescent female with a language learning disorder (LLD).  According to the study, the subject (Renee) was in 7th grade and was experiencing difficulty with both oral and written language.  Renee was extremely frustrated and required several special accommodations at school like increased time for test-taking, altered or shortened assignments, modified grading scale, open book exams, and shortened verbal instruction. She spent part of the time in the regular classroom and received special education services in the areas of reading, writing, and math.  The IEP showed specific emphasis on word retrieval, syntax (with pronouns specifically), reading, writing, and math.

Sabado, J.J. & Fuller, D.R. (2008). A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Interactive Metronome Training on the Language Skills of an Adolescent Female With a Language Learning Disorder. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 35, 65-71.

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Natural Remedies for ADHD: One Boy’s Success Story

By Dorothy Foltz-Gray 

An interactive natural remedy treatment helps calm a boy with ADHD.  

Last year, Aaron Davis, now 10, was picked as a class project leader, charged with keeping four of his classmates on task. The irony wasn’t lost on his parents, Brenda and Richard of Topeka, Kan.: Just two years ago, a simple command like “turn off the computer” was impossible for their son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) after he started kindergarten.

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