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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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Motivation: How to motivate the very young

She did it again! Wendy Harron has your back when it comes to motivating children. This time she wraps up her series with tips to motivate very young children, who may be difficult to work with because of their need for external motivation, attention spans and extra energy.

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Meet June's Provider of the Month: Lori Schmidt

Our Provider of the Month for June is Lori Schmidt, an educator from Topeka, Kansas. Lori works in her own clinic to provide services for clients from ages 3 to 83. She has used Interactive Metronome to help those with conditions such as ADHD, LD and austim; she also works with athletes and professionals who are just looking for that edge. We want to thank Lori for all of her hard work and the many hours devoted to helping others. Fantastic, Lori!

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IM Training Kickstarts Stroke Therapy

We hear some great stories from Wendy Harron, an amazing OT and IM Provider. She has worked with patients from all backgrounds and her experience with kids has helped her really take training to the next level. Today, Wendy shares a wonderful story of a girl who suffered from a stroke before birth. See how IM training and Wendy's dedication helped Holly become part of the conversation.

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May's Provider of the Month: Mary Schlesinger

This month, we shine the spotlight on a great educator from the Washington DC area, Mary Schlesinger. Mary works with clients of all ages, and with a variety of conditions. Whether it is infants with SPD or adults dealing with strokes, Mary works tirelessly to help her clients succeed with the help of IM training. Read more to check out more about her great work!

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Changing Lives with IM

Jorden is an awesome kid! We are just happy that IM could be part of his life and really help take his therapy sessions to the next level. Kudos, Jorden! Keep up the great work and we look forward to hearing that you are doing fantastic for years to come.

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Using IM to Work on Attention: Auditory and Visual

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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Peak Performance IM Poem

We received this poem from one of our IM providers, Angie Cilluffo, of Peak Performance Learning Center. She brightened our days with this news and we wanted to pass it along to everyone.

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How To Use Difficulty Settings With IM Training

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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Motivation: How to Motivate 7-11 year-olds

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.

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Motivation: How to Motivate a Teenager!

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.

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Heavy Metal, Rock and Your Health

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.

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Video gaming adults helping their brains!

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.

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Video Games May Help Your Child

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.

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Motivation and Success

Staying motivated is the key to success in life and with Interactive Metronome training. Check out Wendy Harron's great tips on keeping children motivated to excel with IM.

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Meet April's Provider of the Month - Wendy Harron

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!

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Occupational Therapy Appreciation

April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month. We work with OT's every day and we can't thank them enough for their support and continued efforts in their communities. 

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