Linda Narun, M.A., CCC-SLP
The Tarnow Center has been a pioneer in the use of intervention programs that are based on the principle of neuroplasticity, meaning that fundamental changes in the brain can be made. fMRI studies have demonstrated that the brian continues to change throughout the life cycle. Cognitive and academic performance can be greatly improved with the use of these programs rather than "bandaiding" the symptoms of conditions like ADHD and Learning Disabilities. The programs that we use are supported by research and not simply hearsay. Students respond better to traditional therapy and tutoring after completing the program, when the brain is more ready to learn.
One of the programs that is being highlighted today is Interactive Metronome, which is research-based and helps develop pathways in the brain to overcome attention, memory, self-control, and co-ordination deficits. It is a tool that helps you address the core deficit in timing in the brain which is crucial and fundamental to all cognitive activity. Motor planning and sequencing are central to human activity from the coordinated movements needed to walk or order words in a sentence to provide meaning. "The brain's efficiency and performance depend on the seamless transition of neuronetwork signals from one area of the brain to abother." - Dr. Neal Apiner.
The Tarnow Center is providing Interactive Metronome in its most updated version. It is proving to be motivating and successful with ADHD, LD, and Spectrum Disorders. Interactive Metronome treatment 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. 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 their ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring
- Progressively improve performance
The program is particularly helpful for students who wish to minimize or avoid the use of medication to treat ADHD.