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International Journal on Disability and Human Development
Effects of motor sequence training on attentional performance in ADHD children
This study addresses the lack of motor coordination in ADHD children and suggests that going through IM training would have a significant effect on improving focus in ADHD children.
Gerry Leisman &
Claudia is an older woman who has been diagnosed with dementia. She has a limited ability to carry out tasks with simple instructions, despite being physically capable and able to comprehend what’s asked of her. In addition, Claudia was severely distractible and could only attend for about five second intervals, which is very disabling. Claudia’s family wasn’t sure what to do or how to help her. They spoke to her therapist, who suggested Interactive Metronome® (IM), in addition to her family receiving counseling for patients with dementia.
The main focus for Claudia’s IM training was to increase and improve her attention. Initially, she required hand-over-hand guidance to initiate the exercises and again throughout the session when she became distracted. As Claudia’s ability to attend to task improved, she also improved in her ability to redirect herself with verbal or demonstrative cues rather than hand-over-hand.
Ultimately, Claudia was able to attend to a cognitive diet of daily activities including folding towels and sorting silverware while standing at the kitchen counter. Following directions such as “step into the shower” became much easier for Claudia. She has also become able to carry out these requests without growing distracted, which allowed caregivers to readily assist as needed.
Case By: Janie Gant, COTA/L -AlmostFamily- Gainesville, FL.
"Sean’s mother reports a fantastic improvement in his behavior at home, as well as his attitude toward education and social skills. She credits the IM program with restoring hope for her little boy, where medication and traditional therapy had failed."
Sean was adopted at nine months old, now 11 years old, lives with his mother, father, and two sisters. For much of his life, Sean has suffered from mood swings, severe behavioral problems, and difficulty sleeping. He’s been diagnosed with several different disorders, including Cognitive Deficits, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD), and possible Ring 21 Syndrome. He takes several medications to manage these conditions. When Sean first started IM, his performance measured in the extreme deficiency range...
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There are so many children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD these days. Some kids are struggling to pay attention in class or are labeled as the class clowns or troublemakers at school or other organized events. Think of learning to focus as a foundational skill that could have an impact in many areas of your child's life. Many parents are just astounded after they see the results after the initial IM assessment, and even more with the results they see after a couple of sessions.
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