Neuro Programs

Fast ForWord

Most children naturally acquire language during the first few years of life but research has demonstrated that a significant number of children fail to develop these skills on their own. About 10% of all children have a specific difficulty making reliable distinctions among elements of speech. Every child needs to acquire the ability to reliably distinguish the rapidly changing phonetic elements of speech. Fast ForWord Language™ is the first proven method to teach this skill to children who do not learn it naturally. The Fast ForWord™ family of programs is a revolutionary proven approach developed from decades of neuroscience research surrounding brain plasticity. It uses interactive, computer­based training programs to rapidly build the skills necessary for successful reading, learning, and language competence. Children using the Fast ForWord Language™ program have shown improvement in auditory processing speed, working memory, serial order processing, phonological awareness, listening comprehension, syntax, and morphology. In addition to the measurable gains in language, anecdotal evidence suggests that children who have completed FastForWord Language™ are better able to interact with parents, teachers, and peers. On average students make 1 to 2 years of language gains after completion of the 4 ­ 8 week program. These new language skills empower children to participate in the world in ways that were not possible before Fast ForWord Language™ training.

Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome neurological and motor rehabilitation is advanced brain based therapy designed to promote and enhance brain performance and recovery. This is accomplished by using innovative neurosensory and neuro motor exercises developed to improve the brain’s inherent ability to repair or remodel itself through a process called neuroplasticity. The “IM” program provides a structured, goal­ oriented process that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer ­generated reference tone heard through headphones. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions. A patented audio or audio and visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided. Over the course of the treatment, patients learn to: focus and attend for longer periods of time, increase physical endurance and stamina, filter out internal and external distractions, improve ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring, and progressively improve performance. Interactive Metronome is available as an in-­clinic program or can be completed at home

Who uses it

Because Interactive Metronome works on the core brain functions of motor planning and sequencing, it’s being used successfully by Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists.

Occupational Therapists observe the significant role that motor planning and sequencing play in helping patients become more functionally independent in the activities of daily living (ADLs).

Ongoing studies show that improving rhythmicity and timing through Interactive Metronome (IM) may also result in significant improvements in the development of cognitive and physical skills that are important for performance in many areas including:

Motor function
Balance
Bilateral coordination
Sensory integration
Motor planning and sequencing

Speech-Language Pathologists recognize the role of motor planning and sequencing in the acquisition of speech, language, communication skills, and cognition.

Interactive Metronome can result in or contribute to improvements in:

Language processing
Social communication
Planning and sequencing
Attention and concentration
Control of impulsivity and aggression

Physical Therapists use Interactive Metronome to assess and improve patients’ motor planning and sequencing. This interactive process enhances the patient’s mobility and gross motor function, which helps him/her become more functionally independent

IM neurological and motor rehabilitation helps improve patients’:

Endurance and strength
Gait Symmetry
Coordination
Motor skills
Balance

Who can benefit from it

Interactive Metronome treatment has been used to help children diagnosed with:

Sensory Integration Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cerebral Palsy
Non-verbal Learning Disorder
ADD/ADHD

Many children diagnosed with pediatric and developmental disorders may show:

Language deficits (poor listening comprehension, poor verbal expression, poor reading comprehension)
Poor organizational skills
Poor memory
Poor fine and gross motor skills
Poor balance

Pediatric Therapists and Education Specialists understand the correlation between the neurological functions of motor planning and sequencing and the critical aspects of human development, such as basic thinking, organizing, academic achievement, and coordination. When a child demonstrates a deficit in motor planning and sequencing, it is typically accompanied by problems in learning, coordination, or behavioral control. Prior to the development of Interactive Metronome, Inc. (IM) pediatric therapists were able to identify patients with these difficulties, but there was no system for measurable assessment and improvement. Today we know how to measure a child’s motor planning and sequencing abilities, and we can show measurable improvement in a short period of time.

Interactive Metronome has undergone scientific trials and has been shown to improve:

Attention and Concentration
Motor Control and Coordination
Cognitive Processing
Reading and Math Fluency
Control of Aggression/Impulsivity

Sensory Learning Program

The Sensory Learning Program is a foundational program that facilitates integration of visual, vestibular and auditory processes. It is a technology that uses the very basic principles of energy transfer and how the brain uses light, sound and motion to understand its environment and how to understand what you see, how you relate to the environment and how to respond to it. This is a very effective program that has yielded strong outcomes such as improving sleeping patterns, improved visual­vestibular processing, increased speech patterns and more. Each family has experienced positive results from the program; typically the program shows a 94% success rate. The people who have participated in the program have seen positive results.

Suit Therapy

TheraSuit, is a dynamic, neurologically based therapy that, by using a system of bungee cords in an intensive daily model works to improve and change proprioception (pressure from the joints, ligaments, muscles), reduce patients pathological reflexes, in order to restore proper patterns of movement, and load the entire body with weight. All of the above normalizes the information arriving to the vestibular system. The vestibular system is a very important center. It processes,integrates and sends back all the information that arrives from muscles, joints, tendons etc. It influences muscle tone, balance and the position of the body in space. In doing so, TheraSuit actually helps to restructure motor patterns in the brain. This is the program that will facilitate walking!

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Mild Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (MHBOT) involves the inhalation of high levels of oxygen (up to 94%) . MHBOT substantially increases the amount of oxygen in all bodily fluids, including blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid and lymph. This means that the increased oxygen in these fluids provide the oxygen directly to under oxygenated (hypoxic) tissues, supplementing the usual transport system by hemoglobin molecules in the blood. HBOT reduces any pressure within the brain caused by swelling, restoring function of the blood brain barrier and cell membrane. HBOT over a period of time also enhances growth of new blood vessels. HBOT also acts as a scavenger of free floating radicals and promotes internal cleansing of debris. HBOT reduces the stickiness of blood products (white blood cells and platelets) making oxygen available for use without energy transfer. (When the hemoglobin carries oxygen, it requires energy to deliver to the tissue spaces.) With HBOT the free oxygen is available immediately for metabolic use.