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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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A Look at Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the result of an external force causing sudden movement and/or impact to the skull. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.5 million people in the US suffer a brain injury each year. Traumatic brain injuries are very different than any other injury because our brain stores all of our memories, controls our movements and shapes our personality; the brain is truly the essence of who we are. Interactive Metronome® (IM) can help TBI sufferers by working to physiologically change the functional brain networks that control rhythm and timing. IM offers a viable, cost-effective and drug free treatment for mild to moderate TBI. Now, individuals can restore function to the brain’s temporal processing network, not simply rehabilitate and adapt to deficits.

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Meet October's Provider of the Month: Heather Barr

Heather is a Speech Pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in York, PA. She has been incorporating IM into her practice for over nine years. Heather has been using IM in conjunction with other modalities to push her clients to their maximum potential. Heather has also recorded a webinar for IM, entitled "Addressing Post-Concussive Syndrome with IM," in which she offers suggestions on additional training activities she uses in conjunction with IM.

 

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October is National Physical Therapy Month

Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness understands the importance of physical therapy. Whether the aim is simply to regain flexibility, alleviate pain or to relearn major motor functions, a qualified therapist is required to develop a plan and keep patients safe through this painful process. Therapists must act as a healthcare provider, trainer and motivator in an effort to keep patients on course and safe, either from themselves or a degenerative condition. In addition to restoring mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination, physical therapy (PT) significantly improves overall health and fitness; in fact, one of the main goals of therapists is injury prevention, not simply rehabing current injuries.

 

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The Ability to Synchronize Motor Movements to a Steady Beat is Linked to a Person’s Ability to Process Speech & Language and Read

A new study by Tierney & Kraus (2013) from Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory helps shed more light on why synchronizing motor movements to a steady beat results in faster, more accurate auditory processing, reading, and language processing.  Their landmark study of 124 high school students highlights a neural structure called the inferior colliculus (IC) that serves as a way station for timing information between subcortical auditory structures, cerebral cortex, and the cerebellum. Tierny & Kraus have found the "first evidence linking [motor] beat synchronization ability to individual differences in auditory system function." Continue reading for more information on this groundbreaking research.

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BREAKING NEWS!!! DVBIC research on IM just published in the September online issue of Neuropsychology!

Preliminary findings of a randomized, controlled study concerning the efficacy of IM for remediation of cognitive deficits in active duty soldiers following blast-related mild-to-moderate TBI. The study compared outcomes of standard rehabilitation care alone (OT, PT, SLP) to the same standard rehabilitation care + 15 IM treatment sessions. Read more to find out how Interactive Metronome is helping our brave men and women of the armed forces.

 

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Interactive Metronome Among Leaders in Brain Health Research

Interactive Metronome Among Leaders in Brain Health

Over the past decade there has been an explosion of brain training products in the marketplace. Although most of the industry’s pioneers are using brain training for clinical therapy, the success of sites like Lumosity.com is a clear sign that brain health is a growing field and the technology is becoming increasingly consumer friendly. As a leader in the field of brain health, Interactive Metronome (IM) is focused on providing practical and measurable gains in baseline brain function. We are proud to spotlight Mary Schlesinger, an IM Provider in Fairfax, VA. Mary was recently featured during a round table discussion on "The Resilient Brain" radio blog. Read more to find out about Mary's work with individuals with neurological deficits.

 

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Meet September's Provider of the Month: Sherrie Hardy

Meet September's Provider of the Month:

 

Sherrie Hardy from Hardy Brain Training Camarillo, CA

 

Check out how Sherrie has been using IM therapy to help patients from ages 4 to 90 overcome ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, autism, and many other diagnoses.  After trying IM with her own daughter, Sherrie added the therapy to her clinic's offerings.  Sherrie has worked with over 2500 clients at Hardy Brain Training, Hardy Academy, and her foundation.  Read more to hear some of Sherrie's success stories and find out how Sherrie has incorporated IM Home into her therapy.

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We're going to be at SharpBrains Virtual Summit 2013

2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit to Discuss Latest on Digital Brain Health, Brain Fitness, Personal Health

150+ science and industry pioneers in 14 countries to gather online on September 19th and 20th

Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 17, 2013

The 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th) will feature over 30 of the world’s top scientists and innovators working on ways to enhance behavioral and brain health via neuroscience-based innovation. All sessions will be chaired by some of the world’s most inspiring and accomplished trailblazers, recognized as Young Global Leaders (YGLs) by the World Economic Forum.

“It is exciting to imagine the possibilities at the intersection of brain health, digital health, and neuroplasticity, but getting there requires addressing the immediate questions confronting us today,” says Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains and Summit’s producer. “We are proud to offer this unique forum to help the field move forward.”

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Meet Kate Ortman from Brain Training of Maryland, our July Provider of the Month!

Meet our July Provider of the Month, Kate Ortman, from Brain Training of Maryland in Ellicott City. Learn why Kate turned to Interactive Metronome, why this ADD Life Coach is so excited to have IM Universe at her facility, along with how it helps her clients get just as excited and motivated to complete IM training!

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Meet our June Providers of the Month: Cindy Lehman & Matt Tanguay from Lehman Learning Solutions

Meet Cindy Lehman & Matt Tanguay from Lehman Learning Solutions in Seattle, WA, June's providers of the month! In addition to revealing secrets of their success, learn what these educators really love about IM and how the new IM Universe fits perfectly into their training protocols. 

 

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Brain-Training Tools for More Attention, Less Deficit

These ADHD therapies offer fun and games with a serious purpose: increasing your child's focus.

by Paul Gilbert

Ben is a 12-year-old with ADHD, who used to have trouble in school. His grades were below average, and he was easily distracted, unable to remember much of the material taught in class. Ben struggled with homework assignments and studying for tests. He felt defeated, and was frustrated by his parents' attempts to get him to study harder. He put in the extra effort, but nothing seemed to help.

 

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