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Meet August's Provider of the Month: Angie Cilluffo

This month we shine the spotlight on Angie Cilluffo, an educator and IM Provider from Greensboro, NC. Angie works wonders with children who have reading and handwriting difficulties, and still finds the time to treat people of all ages who are just looking to improve their overall timing. After seeing the results of IM with her own son, Angie was hooked. Find out how Angie incorporates IM into her training!

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IM training and the fight or flight response

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 in a weekly series. This time she tackles a big one for Providers, how to work with autistic children who may be having comorbid sensory issues.

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IM training, Loading and SPD

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 in a weekly series. This time she tackles a big one for Providers, how to deal with SPD clients that require heavy "modulation."

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Can IM help with dementia and Alzheimer's?

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 in a weekly series. This time she tackles a big one for Providers, can IM training help dementia and Alzheimer's. Short answer, yes! But read more to find out how.

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Rhythm Nation

So, you think you can dance? No, not the television show; can you actually dance? You have rhythm, we promise...well, maybe. Even if you can't dance, your brain can keep a beat. It needs the beat. It needs rhythm, and the whole system relies on Neurotiming®. Don't believe us? Read more. Plus, find out why that new Iggy Azalea song is stuck in your brain.

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Summer Break? Hardly

This month is National Parks and Recreation Month, which is a great reminder to get outside and enjoy all of the wonderful learning activities that await children in the great outdoors. You don't have to be Leslie Knope to love parks, but we could take a page from her playbook. So put on some tennis shoes, get the kids packed up and let's go get some sun!

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Resistant client? Motor deficits may be the root of the problem

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 in a weekly series. This time she tackles a big one for Providers, resistant clients and how much to adjust training for dyspraxia.

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More Dietary Change: The US Mint, fireworks and your health

We have covered a lot about nutrition in the past few months, but that doesn't mean we are anywhere near the end of our series on nutrition. As it turns out, you need a lot of stuff. All of those chemicals on the back on nutrition labels and vitamin packs might actually mean something after all. If you thought it was all vitamins and minerals, you forgot about the fine print. Onward! This time, eating fireworks and poison for your brain. Yum!

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Do you have a client stuck in Phase 1 of 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 in a weekly series. This time we are covering hands-on clients that seem to be stuck in Phase 1 of IM training.

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Meet July's Provider of the Month: Mary Jones

This July, we shine the spotlight on Mary Jones. Mary has been a Provider for over a decade and serves on Interactive Metronome's Clinical Advisory Board and just recently finished presenting our new Pediatric Coaching Program in a 10 module online webinar series. Check out some more great tips from Mary about dealing with patients from all backgrounds!

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Welcome our new Clinical Advisory Board!

Attention IM Providers, we have a new Clinical Advisory Board! Help us in welcoming these wonderful therapists and IM specialists who work tirelessly to help us provide the highest quality service to our network of Providers.

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SPD, allergies and the "itchy" sensation during IM training explained

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 in a weekly series. This time we are covering the "itchy" sensation that some children get during IM training. We will cover the cause and how to help alleviate the problem.

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Dietary Change: How eating metal can help your body and brain

In Part IV of our series You Are What You Eat, we explore trace minerals. These minerals may be used in small doses, but they sure are big players when it comes to your overall health...and that includes proper brain function. Read more to find out how metals you find in your money, pipes and car can help yo ulive a happy, healthy life.

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It All Matters: White Matter and You

We have talked before about how fast your brain really is, but how do those signals get to their final destination? Check out our exploration of white matter tracts and how they relate to your brain's overall health and functionality.

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How Many Claps 'Til You Reach the End of 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 in a weekly series. This time we are covering the length of IM training. Many people look at this as a certain number of claps; so, how many claps does it take to reach the end of the average IM training plan.

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Meet Tina Blue, the Virgin Island's 1st IM Provider

Meet Tina Blue, a world class OT who has been practicing for decades. She moved to the Virgin Islands in 2001 and opened her own practice in 2012. In this article, Tina talks about how she has utilized IM with clients from all walks of life, even some superstar athletes. Read more to find out how Tina has been helping clients get the most out of therapy.

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Explaining the benefits of IM to a parent

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.

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Using IM with difficult children

Sometimes therapy sessions just don't go how you planned, but how you respond can make all of the difference in the world. Wendy Harron, a wonderful OT and one of our favorite bloggers, has some great tips for working with children who may have a difficult time following directions or understanding what is needed from them.

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"Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think"

Your brain is an incredibly fast, effective and efficient machine that makes about 10,402,560,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per day if everything is running smoothly. That also leaves a lot of room for error. So how does that three pound fat ball on your shoulders control all of that information? Read more to find out about brain communication and information processing.

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Inhibition Control

Ever wondered why so many children have SPD co-morbidity? Research suggest that our understanding of SPD may be flawed. Check out this new blog from Amy Vega, an awesome SLP and IM's Clinical Education Director. She explains how controlling inhibition could help children overcome SPD.

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