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Dr. Steve Alukonis DC, DABCO
401 N Wickham Road Suite U
The Alternative Treatment for ADHD, ADD Autism, Post-stroke, PTSD, TBI and Overall Brain Performance
Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Melbourne and Viera.
There is a relatively small window for children to receive the instruction they need, and overcrowded schools and demanding parents put a lot of pressure on educators to provide a “miracle cure.” One thing is for sure, it is essential that children be able to filter out distractions, hold information in working memory and process that information in order to learn. So, how can educators ensure children are getting the most from training? Simple, go to the source of the problem.
That is where Interactive Metronome® (IM) can help. IM training addresses sustained attention, as well as the working memory and processing functions that are the underpinnings of a solid education.
Part of what makes IM so unique is its ability to improve domain-general mechanisms. The domain-general mechanism of timing is a “jack of all trades” mechanism that manifests itself in sleep cycles, speech patterns, ability to attend over time and overall efficacy of brain communication. This timing in the brain, or temporal processing, has been shown to be deficient in several common conditions, including everything from mild learning disability to severe developmental disorders; clearly, neuro-timing is essential for the brain to work at peak levels. IM is the only training program that improves timing in the brain in an organized, systematic, flexible and engaging format.
Research shows that combining whole body movements with cognitive tasks leads to overall better outcomes. Interactive Metronome® is a patented and unique training tool that challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, providing real-time millisecond feedback to help synchronize the body’s “internal clock.” When your brain’s functional networks are working efficiently the neurons are able to fire more often and in sync. That results in improved communication, memory, processing and coordination today, and the stronger neural networks can help prevent some of the damaging effects of future conditions.
Speech Language Pathologists & Audiologists
Speech and Language Pathologists specialize in communication and swallowing disorders, but the effect these conditions have on individuals goes well beyond trouble expressing words. So, what is really needed is a tool that will help address these problems at their core, deep in the nervous system. Without proper training, pediatric clients may be left struggling to keep up with their peers and adults may lose their independence and safety in a world growing faster and more dangerous every minute.
There is help, and SLPs are talking about Interactive Metronome® (IM). Neurotiming® is critical to speech, language and cognitive function. Timing is the basis for attention, working memory and processing speed, all of which are critical for auditory processing, reading and language development.
IM training helps clients start improving in the following areas:
Self-monitoring and impulse control
Planning & sequencing
IM training helps clients overcome difficulties associated with:
"IM is so flexible that it can be made to work for anyone...The best part of using IM is seeing a person’s self-esteem return and seeing their surprise when they reach a goal they thought was not possible to achieve."
Mary Schlesinger, Educator
Timing 4 Life, LLC., Fairfax, VA
"I love that IM is interactive and allows my clients to move and be challenged while learning. I also love being able to pull out fun things to make it more challenging for my clients. Not only are my clients learning but they are feeling rewarded and have a sense of accomplishment, especially when being able to focus for longer periods of time."
Tara Sherer, Educator
The Brain Train, Kingwood, TX
"I continue to be amazed at the difference IM training makes in individuals of all ages. Their success stories are powerful testimonies of the effectiveness of IM. It's such a joy and blessing to be able to help others in such a way, making a difference in how they will live out the rest of their lives."
Tom Burkard, Educator
IMprove, Okinawa, Japan
Mental Timing Research
For more than 30 years, neuroscientists have explored the role of timing in the brain for such things as speech perception (auditory processing), speech production (intelligible articulation), language, reading, attention, memory, cognitive processing speed, decision-making, behavior (impulse-control), and motor coordination. Over the past 10-15 years, they’ve turned their focus toward studying how deficient neural communication (impaired timing in the brain) contributes to various clinical disorders like autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Parkinson’s. “Timing in the brain” remains a very active area of research with new studies being published regularly.
The Importance of Timing in the Brain
Dr. Kevin McGrew
IM Helps 3rd Grade Boy Improve Reading and Language Skills
Matthew is an 8-year-old boy. He struggled in reading due to poor fluency and comprehension skills. When reading he often added and omitted words. When exiting 2nd grade Matthew’s reading comprehension level was so low it didn’t even register on the school’s scoring system. Matthew also showed difficulties at home. He had trouble remembering multi-step instructions and was very forgetful. Matthew participated in Interactive Metronome (IM) 2 days a week for 4 months. After two months of IM, his teacher noticed he began to focus better. She commented that he didn’t need to ask as many questions when given instructions. Halfway through 3rd grade Matthew’s reading comprehension level was retested and he registered on the scale this time! He is now reading more fluently and not skipping as many words. As a bonus, his handwriting
skills also improved. Matthew’s mother is extremely happy with his results after doing IM and so is Matthew.
IM Helps Teenage girl with Mild Intellectual Impairment
Elyssa is a 13 year-old-girl who is diagnosed with Mild Intellectual Impairment. She is in Special Education classes and has trouble in school. Elyssa has problems understanding simple commands, following directions, paying attention and focusing on the task at hand. She often keeps her head down when speaking and does not make eye contact. Her mom described her as “spacey.” After 6 weeks of going through Interactive Metronome (IM) training, improvements started to show in school. Elyssa is reading more fluently and enjoys it more. Her teacher reported that she responds to questions in a timelier manner and is now able to complete 2 or 3 part commands. She is also more confident and now participates in classroom discussions. Elyssa was even able to test out of 2 of her Special Education classes! Elyssa’s mom attributes her successes to IM and couldn’t be happier.
Interactive Metronome | Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, Melbourne.
Dr. Steve Alukonis DC, DABCO
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