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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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Autism Awareness and R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

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.

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Vitamins = Better You

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!

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Not Just Brain Training

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.

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Paystation: The Real Cost of Video Games

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.

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World Down Syndrome Day

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.

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TBI Can't Take Your Heart

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!

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Brain Awareness Week

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.

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Friendly Fire: A Look at Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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.

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IM-Home Tips & Motivational Strategies

Highlights tips and motivational strategies from Lisa Poe's webinar in January of 2014 about using IM-Home successfully in client training programs.

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Meet March's Professional of the Month, Dr. Kevin McGrew

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.

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Want to avoid autism? Try going out in the sun.

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.

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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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