Interactive Metronome & IM-Home Blog
Get the latest news on Interactive metronome training, it's application and breakthroughs as well as insights in the science behind it and the latest tips and success stories from clients and therapist using IM and IM-Home.
From time to time, we 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 in a weekly series. Each week, we will address one topic in-depth that has plagued our Providers. So, be sure to check back here for all the answers to your questions. While you're at it, send in a question that has been on your mind. You never know who else it may help.
Motivating pre-teens is a unique challenge. They may be too young to be fully motivated internally, which requires some sort of reward system. The trick is finding a system that is engaging and motivating for kids without breaking the bank, or teaching children that they will always be paid to complete training.Continue reading
Wendy Harron is back with a follow-up to her popular piece on motivating children. This time, how to motivate teenagers. Teenagers are going through a period of change, and compounding that with difficult therapy is a recipe for disaster. Find out how to help keep kids working with therapists to achieve everyone's goals.Continue reading
Nutrition is serious business; in fact, it is a multi-billion dollar business. Everyone is trying to cash in on the health craze with one fad diet after the other. One week it is bad to eat carbohydrates, the next week juice cleanses are all the rage, and before you know it someone is advocating eating like a caveman. With all the competing information out there, what does your body really need? Well, we are no nutrition experts, but here are a few essential minerals to consider in the third part of our brain food series, You Are What You Eat.Continue reading
Do you think video games make you dumber? If you said yes, you must not play video games! In fact, a video game recently proved that you might be getting dumber if you aren't training your brain. Find out how some video games can actually help train your brain to stave off the cognitive decline and the conditions that come with age.Continue reading
Gamification. Surely, some out there have heard this new buzz word, but what is it all about? Well, maybe you hadn't noticed, but everything around you has become a game. Your cell phone is pre-loaded with several games. Perhaps Angry Birds or Candy Crush Saga sound familiar? Your children have probably been trying to convince you to buy the newest Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo. Even shopping has become a game with apps like ShopKick. So what does all this mean for your child's brain? Is the bombardment of flashing screens doing more harm than good? Read more to find out.Continue reading
Our providers come from a variety of backgrounds, and we love them all the same. However, this April we too are celebrating Occupational Therapy Month. It gives us a special opportunity to thank OTs in particular for their great work. Thank you all for taking them time to help people get back to living the life they want! Our Provider of the Month is Wendy Harron from DuPont Hospital for Children. Wendy is one of our superstar pediatric providers, but she also knows what it is like to be the one in need of assistance. Check out her story!Continue reading
This April is Autism Awareness Month and we want to help spread the word! Our IM providers work with clients who have ASD every day. We want to thank these providers for their tireless efforts and help educate the world about how special people with ASD really are.
Part two of our brain food series covers the importance of vitamins. A lot of us take a multivitamin, but have you ever stopped to think about what those amazing little organic compounds were doing to your brain and body? Keep reading to find out how to keep the fat in your brain from going bad!Continue reading
Brain health and neuroplasticity have become all the rage. Lumosity commercials are a mainstay on cable television, often interrupting tv shows like Brain Games. There is no end to the options when it comes to brain training, but do any of these programs work? Scientist say yes, but there could be a catch. Read more to find out how IM's unique and patented system challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, leading to long lasting improvements in functional brain networks.
Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry. Every week, a new blockbuster comes out for Playstation or Xbox that is designed to pull users deep into a fantasy world filled with familiar characters, rewards and social accolades. But, can a 45 year old man playing the newest Madden title actually be helping his brain? Maybe. And so begins our series on video games and your brain.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
This TBI Awareness Day enjoy a poem by one of our Providers, Wendy Harron. Wendy knows firsthand how TBI can change your life, but she hasn't let it slow her down. Check out Wendy's inspiring words!Continue reading
Brains! Believe it are not, they aren’t just a delicious meal for zombies! That wrinkled ball of fat and nerves is the only thing keeping you alive and this week it's our job to make you aware of how important the brain is.Continue reading
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable condition that can rob individuals of their ability to perform a variety of tasks. Since lesions and plaque scars appear on multiple areas of brain matter, the severity and symptoms vary drastically; while some people my live a full, happy life with very few interruptions, others have their life cut short by a malignantly progressive form of the disease. Today, we look at some of the symptoms of MS, treatment options, and the success of Margaret, a MS sufferer who uses IM to stay mobile and active.Continue reading
Dr. Kevin McGrew, the Time Doc, is a member of the IM scientific advisory board and a strong advocate for the importance of better neural timing. In addition to co-authoring the fourth edition of the Woodcock-Johnson battery (WJ IV), he is the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP), the Research Director for the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation (WMF) and a visiting professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, where he received his doctoral degree in the same field. Dr. McGrew clearly understands how to use his time wisely. After spending 12 years as a school psychologist, and another 10 as a professor of Applied Psychology, Dr. McGrew switched his focus to research. He has published over 70 articles, books and book chapters in his areas of expertise and maintains IQ’s Corner blog and the Mindhub®. Look for Dr. McGrew in our upcoming IM demo video where he explains the importance of getting your brain and body in sync.Continue reading
Over the past 20 years, autism has become an increasingly common developmental disorder in children, causing abnormal social behavior and communication problems. At the same time, sunscreen usage has steadily risen and people have become more likely to avoid the sun for health reasons. Could something as simple as getting more sun actual help prevent autism spectrum disorder? New research suggests that it can.Continue reading