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Louise: IM training and the sound of success

During Better Speech and Hearing Month, we wanted to share some great news about our clients with APD. We have had a lot of success stories from Providers, but this one about Louise really stood out. She was a bright young girl who was having difficulty reading and processing directions. However, between her "can do" attitude and a little IM training, she was able to improve across the board. As it turns out, she is also amazing at soccer! Read her story today.

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Let the Drummer Kick

It takes time to develop reading and language...well, not just time. More specifically, it takes "timing." Researchers at Northwestern University have linked a child's ability to synchronize with a drummer to their reading fluency and language development, both of which form the basis for all future learning. So, what can you do to help children get their groove back? Check out the research to find out how rhythm and timing training might just be the key to unlock your child's brain.

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Look who's talking now: Infant stroke can't stop Marcus!

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!

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May's Provider of the Month: Dr. Robyn Rakov, O.D. FCOVD

May is another big month. The weather has finally turned warm for most of the country, school is winding down and it's time to draw attention to some serious issues. This month is Better Speech and Hearing, Healthy Vision, Stroke Awareness, Huntington's Awareness, Mobility Awareness, Physical Fitness/Sports and Older Americans Month. Whoa! That's a lot. This month, we had to pick one to spotlight our wonderful Providers in that arena, and the winner was Healthy Vision. We work with a lot of amazing Optometrist, and Dr. Rakov is no different. She has been working with IM for years and was one of our first advocates for visual training. Check out all of the amazing work she does to help people overcome difficulty through vision therapy!

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Billy comes out of his shell with IM training

Billy is an amazing young man who has autism. He is awesome at school, but was really struggling with motor planning and daily tasks, such as dressing and bathing. When he came back to occupational therapy after a few years off, his therapist knew just how to speed up his training plan--Interactive Metronome® training! In just a few weeks, Billy was laughing, playing and smiling again. Check out Billy's story here.

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Rosita Dominates the Links with IM

We always talk about our success stories, and for good reason. We recently had a wonderful woman named Rosita who saw the success her husband had with IM training for Parkinson's disease, and she wanted to try it for herself. So, with the Masters now behind us, we wanted to share Rosita's golf gains with IM-Home®. After all, you don't have to be 21 to dominate the links. Our Providers are always working hard to treat individuals looking to improve various deficits and conditions, and some who ar  just looking for an edge in daily life.

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IM and Autism: Chuck takes amazing strides with IM Training

We love to share our success stories, and this month is no different. In honor of Autism Awareness Month, we are going to be shining the spotlight on some amazing clients who have taken great strides with IM training. With a little determination and some guidance from our wonderful Providers, many children with autism have seen improvements in behavior, attention, communication and sensory processing. Can IM be the missing link in your clinic? Find out how Chuck changed his life...

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Making IM training work for children on the spectrum

Every now and then, our Providers are hesitant to try IM training with clients on the autism spectrum because of sensory issues. However, while there are many different sounds and visuals associated with IM training, nearly every setting on the IM Pro Universe software is completely customizable. That means you can set up IM training for any client, no matter what deficit is the focus! Wendy Harron, a fabulous OT and IM Provider, is here with some tips to get you started.

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Maggie is on the move with IM training

Maggie is a beautiful young girl that has Cerebral palsy, but she wasn't going to let that hold her back. Nope! She wanted to move...and that is where IM training was able to help. Although movement may initially be difficult for children with CP, IM training has been shown to help advance PT and OT goals by allowing users to work on flexibility, strength and endurance during traditional therapy sessions. So that is just what her OT and PT did, and now Maggie is walking unassisted for the first time. Read more of Maggie's success story here.

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Jimmy is Beaming Again with IM

Sadly, many children go through injuries and conditions that would bring grown men to their knees. Often times, their good spirits and determination make all the difference in treatment. That was the case for Jimmy! After surgery to remove a brain tumor left Jimmy feeling weak and unsteady, but he wasn't going to let it sideline him. He set his mind to getting back to being the active, happy-go-lucky kid he wanted to be and nothing was going to stop Jimmy!

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TBI Awareness: A Provider's Personal Experience

Today is Brain Injury Awareness Day and we have the personal story of one of our Providers. Wendy Harron, a wonderful OT and IM Provider shared her story with us and wanted to help us spread awareness for the damaging effects of TBI. Check out her story and feel free to share how brain injuries have impacted your life.

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Franklin is Happy and Smiling with IM Training

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.

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Carl Grows Stronger with IM

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!

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March's Provider of the Month: Todd Sullivan, PT, PCS

March is a big time month. March gets to kick off Spring, and it has a major holiday too...sure, St. Patrick's Day is major. If you read our last blog post (which we know you did), you also know it is home to a whopping six awareness months that affect our Provider network. Wow! Big time! So we needed a big time Provider to rock out March with us. Drumroll please... This month we chose Todd Sullivan, a fantastic Physical Therapist who works tirelessly to help children overcome everything from developmental delays to brain injuries to conditions like cerebral palsy and down syndrome. Check out his profile to find out more about how he and the folks at Blake Medical Center use IM training to help children succeed.

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Spring to Attention

When they were handing out awareness months, March really stepped up to the plate. It is home to not just one, but six awareness initiatives that are important to our Provider network. But never fear, we've got your back! Check out all of our great resources to help you raise awareness in March.

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IM helps shave strokes off Dennis' game

IM training is great for anybody. You don't have to be experiencing a deficit to benefit from timing & rhythm training. Like anything, practice makes perfect. Neurotiming is a skill that can be improved and that means improvement in daily life. Synchronizing the communication between brain and body has been shown to improve everything from working memory to balance and coordination. Find out how Dennis used IM training to gain an edge on the golf course and in daily life!

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Beating ADHD with IM Training

Dean is a young boy with an all too common problem; he has ADHD and it is affecting his behavior and ability to complete assignments at school. Scratch that..."was affecting his behavior and ability to complete assignments at school." After just a few weeks of IM training, Dean is already working to control his impluses, he is more motivated and he is dominating spelling tests that used to give him difficulty. Read more to find out how Interactive Metronome changed Dean's life and how it can help you control ADHD without medication.

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Meet February's Provider of the Month: Derek Layton

This February, we shine the spotlight on Derek Layton, a wonderful Speech-Language Pathologist who works out of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Jonesboro, AR. Derek spends his time treating a variety of clients alongside Occupational and Physical Therapists, working to heal the whole mind and body. Check out Derek's story here...

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Time to Reorganize

With the new year upon us, children have a lot going on. Between new classes, new teachers and cold, wet weather, the last thing any child needs is a cluttered play area. How frustrating! Check out these tips from Wendy Harron, IM Provider and a wonderful OT!

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Should I be at 54 bpm?

In the past, we have covered why 54 bpm is the starting IM tempo, and why 54 bpm is so special. However, there are times when going slower or faster is not only acceptable, but can advance training. Find out more in this article from Amy Vega, our Clinical Education Director and a fabulous SLP.

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