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Interesting side effects


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Posted Mar 18, 2002 at 2:57:08 PM
Subject: Interesting side effects

I have an 8th grade student who has been through several different diagnosis with ADHD being one of them. Like most parents we did what we could trying meds that didn't work and some other therapies also. What we have noticed works great for him is music, not only listening but playing. Since joining band and playing an istrument his attention span has increased, his vocabulary, his self confidence, his posture, ect. He has been playing for 2 years now and their is enough of a difference to be noticable. He also got LD instruction during this time so it could be a combination. The reason I think music has so much to do with it is that both he an my austic son are so much more focused when there is classical music playing when they are doing their homework. If they are very "wond" this helps them to relax and they also use it to help themselves sleep. As silly as it may seem I think I have noticed a big difference in their abilities also especially math. The biggest difference for my oldest son was when he had to learn to use the metranome to keep time-after this things seemed to "click" more for him. I just wanted to share this because maybe others can see the same benefit.

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Posted:Mar 19, 2002 9:36:07 PM

My kids participated in the interactive metronome program. What you are seeing is an increased timing. This program speaks to this. Most ADHD kids have problems with motor planning,the program improves this,there by improving their inner timing. Might want to check out their website.
www.interactivemetronome.com

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Posted:Mar 20, 2002 10:47:25 AM

Socks, is this expensive. And were you impressed with the results in your children? Thanks.

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Posted:Mar 20, 2002 9:07:00 PM

Socks, I have checked into it there are no providers here locally. I am just amzed at how much a difference it has made for him using it while playing an instrument. He says after playing it is easier for him to think, he finds the same thing happens after gym. To bad he could not have 15 minutes of music playing or gym before each class!

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Posted:Mar 21, 2002 11:16:28 PM

actually if the notice is significant then it would have educational relevance and could be placed in an ed plan.

I have had incredible results with my two boys. Interactive metronome was one of the things that was instituted. My youngest even had a med change ,so I can't really tell you which helped,but something sure did!
Personally it is more reasonable then some other programs. The thing is, it is intensive but it is short in comparision to other programs.So in the long run you aren't paying forever. Know what I am saying? Music lessons could possibly satisfy the need to improve his timing,without doing this program? I am not an expert, but amybe this is possible?

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Posted:Apr 11, 2002 12:38:05 AM

Hello everyone,

I have dropped into this site every now and again over the past few years....

I have a ten year old son who is dyspraxic (and might be diagnosed as NLD if we lived in the US--though he is very social and popular at school). He has a big VIQ/PIQ split, reads and comprehends well above his age level, math is age level--but slow---- . He is doing great in a small private school with a great teacher. We are relocating to another foreign posting after this academic year. So much of the school experience depends upon the teacher. I really want him to be at his best and feeling confident when he starts new.

He is very poorly coordinated. He has been swimming since he was 4, but still doesn't have the strokes right. Soccer was a nightmare, but he insisted on participating anyway. He finally decided to stop after Easter and join the lunchtime chess game instead. I am a bit worried since he takes forever to make up his mind and move a piece!

I have been reading about Interactive Metronome for a while now.
Speed is his biggest issue..."hurry up" just doesn't compute. The school bus will be blowing the horn ouside the gate and he will still walk down the driveway in his own SLOW time. He has no idea that he appears very rude, despite hearing me explain this several times.

I guess I am still looking for the magic cure despite three years of this....OT, Samonas, swimming instruction, summers at the Lab School, biofeedback, speech therapy...it has all helped a little...but nothing has knocked me over --other than his own hard work and determination.

If anyone who has experience with IMT could respond, I would be so appreciative. The web site looks great and the professionals sound genuinely convinced that it helps. But, I would like to know what parents think.

My question for all of you have done IMT is what specific benefits have you seen in the areas of motor coordination, speed, and timing? Can your children now catch or throw a ball that is not fed directly to them, or do a cartwheel, or use cutlery correctly? Are they able to join in team sports? Do they still come in last? Have you seen increased fluidity or maturity in movements? Has anything speeded up? Have you noticed improvements in response speed or processing speed? Was anyone tested before and after IMT on perhaps the Bruininks-Oseretsky Tests? or WISC III performance subtests?

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to read this. If anyone would like to correspond privately I can be reached at mstevens@starhub.net.sg

All the Best,
Margo

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