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A Mother's Love

How far would you go to help your child reach their maximum potential? Find out what Susan Sorensen decided to do when she couldn't get Interactive Metronome® training in Hawaii. Now, she is helping kids on the Islands and around the world with IM-Home.

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You Are What You Eat

Imagine that your body is a car. First things first, you aren't going anywhere without fuel (calories from food). Secondly, the type of fuel you choose makes a huge difference. You can't put diesel in a Honda Civic, just like someone with celiac disease wouldn't eat gluten. But it goes farther than that. 93 octane burns better than 87. Compounds like NOS will cause massive temporary spikes in power, at a high cost. So, is the higher price worth it? And no, we aren't talking about cars anymore.

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Want a good workout? Try not paying attention.

"Restless Mind, Restless Body," a study published in the December edition of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (Seli et al), shows a correlation between sustained focus and the ability to control secondary motor movement, like sitting still during a lecture.

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Who Needs A Watch?

Two clocks!? Holy cow, I'm already late according to the one on the wall. New research suggests that the brain actually has two clocks working simultaneously, and possibly competing with each other. Find out why timing is even more important now than ever.

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Meet February's Provider of the Month: Kristen Scheirman

 

Kristen is a SLP from Irving, Texas.  She treats adults with traumatic brain injury and is an active IM provider.  Kristen assisted IM in testing the Fall Risk Reduction coaching program, providing valuable input to make the program as effective as possible.  She has also made impressive gains with her patients with IM, especially with the Fall Risk Reduction coaching program.  Read about her helpful tips and insights, and how the Fall Risk Reduction program is working for her patients.

 

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A Heart to Heart About Your Heart

 

Let's get to the heart of the matter. Your heart is the only thing keeping you alive, so it's time to focus a little attention on the heart. February is National Heart Month and we want to remind everyone how important general health and fitness are for your brain. It isn't just your waistline that will be hurting if you don't take care of your body. Read more to find out how.


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Don't Let Parkinson's Slow You Down!

Parkinson’s disease directly affects the central nervous system; it destroys dopamine-generating cells in the brain, resulting in an inability to coordinate movements. It is estimated that up to 10 million people suffer from Parkinson's disease worldwide. While the mind may stay sharp, messages are not reaching their final destination. The disease can leave the individual a prisoner in his own body, a frustrating and terrifying prognosis.

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Meet January's Provider of the Month: Stacey Williams

Stacey is an Occupational Therapist and IM provider at HealthSouth Sunrise, right here in our own backyard. She has been using IM with stroke/neuro clients for over a decade and is excited to share her story and tips with other healthcare professionals.

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DARE...to keep your kids off ADHD drugs?

Twenty year old National Institute of Mental Health study on ADHD treatment called into question! New research suggests that combination of behavior therapy and medication may ultimately provide best overall results for children with ADD/ADHD.

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New Year, New Messes

Not this year. This year it is time to get organized. Just like Interactive Metronome, organization takes only minutes a day and will make a world of difference in your life. It will relieve stress, improve focus and increase productivity. That all sound pretty good? We thought so. Read on to find out how to start getting organized today.

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NEW ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH!

A new study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota shows that a history of concussions could be linked to Alzheimer's disease. Read more to find out about this exciting research.

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Chorea? Didn't we fight a war there once?

Our focus on neuromuscular conditions continues with Huntington's, a truly devastating disease that could be affecting as many as 180,000 people in America. This hereditary disease has been known to stay relatively dormant in some people for 50 years, only to appear after it has been passed on to another generation. Find out how to spot Huntington's.

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Dyspraxia: Time to work smarter, not just harder

Dyspraxia affects an individual's ability to plan and coordinate motor tasks. It is a developmental disorder, most commonly affecting young males. The condition will manifests itself in every aspect of life, although the severity and age of onset can vary drastically. Continue reading to learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of dyspraxia.

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I've Got a Fever and the Only Prescription is IM-Home

Feeling trapped in your house can make anyone go a little stir crazy, but avoid the urge to switch on the television to pass the time. If the cold weather and lack of sun saps your energy and has you climbing up the walls, take a deep breath and think about all of the resources at your fingertips. Create learning opportunities for your children with simple household items and motivate them to stay active. Pretty soon you will realize that you have always had everything you needed right there in your cabin.

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Meet December's Provider of the Month - Tara Sherer of The Brain Train

Meet Tara Sherer, our Provider of the Month. Tara has been an educator for 30 years, and became a certified Interactive Metronome® (IM) Provider in order to provide a drug free option for students struggling in school. Now, she is helping children with ADD and ADHD succeed with the help of IM Universe.

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Toy Story

This time of year really gets people thinking about toys. And while most people may be deciding between a Playstation 4 or Xbox One, neither system is the best decision children. Check out these helpful tips about toys that can actually teach while they entertain.

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10 Tips to Keep ADHD Children Focused Over the Holidays

Do you remember last holiday season? A bit of a blur, hmm? You remember fighting the crowds on Black Friday, your in-laws extending their trip for an extra three days (insert picture of you pulling your hair out), the gifts and all of the cleaning up after the New Year. But, do you remember Kevin's book report? The one he put off until the night before he returned to school from holiday break?! He had three weeks to finish that book report, but something just kept getting in the way. This season, help your children stay on task and focused on a successful 2014. Just because children are out of school doesn't mean they should take a vacation from learning. Here are a few tips to turn any situation into an educational opportunity, or simply add some excitement to regular schoolwork. 

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Help! I've Fallen...and I'm Going to Do Something About It

Nearly 37 million people every year are injured in accidental falls, and a whopping 400,000 people globally die as the result of a fall. As the population ages, accidental falls have become a much bigger medical issue; however, falling is not just a concern for the elderly. A variety of factors put individuals at a higher risk of falling, many of which can be addressed at a bare minimum of costs.

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Signs and Symptoms of TBI

Here are a few signs to look for if someone has suffered head trauma, or any violent accident that might cause brain damage. Although no list is conclusive, these are some of the most common and visible symptoms. This list is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please seek immediate medial attention in the event of an actual injury.

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November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s has become a growing concern as human life expectancy continues to increase; every day thousands of individuals deal with the onset of the disease. Alzheimer’s will cause the brain to tangle itself up with fibrous proteins that choke off portions of brain matter. Over time, the neurons in our brain lose the ability to communicate with each other and will die as a result. Once the damage reaches the hippocampus, individuals will begin to lose memories and the ability to learn, thus impairing many activities of daily living (ADLs). Eventually, the loss of motor function, memory and decision making skills will rob a person of their ability to care for themselves. IM’s exercises use complex, precisely timed movements that are mixed with focused attention, cognitive processing and decision making to activate and synchronize the timing in the brain. Not only does IM therapy help prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s, but it can help to restore previously lost functions.

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