Interactive Metronome therapy is a new ADHD treatment to SA and it could change your child’s life.
The traditional treatment option for ADHD has always been medication, and while this may help to focus the attention and lengthen the concentration span of a child diagnosed with the condition, this same medication may dampen down your child’s natural talent in a particular area.
For parents wading through the alternative treatment options for a glimmer of hope – special eating plans, behavioural therapy, all of which have their merits – Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy is likely to come as a welcome discovery before you turn to medicine.
IM works with the use of headphones and hand or foot sensors to measure how closely the candidate’s responses are to a computer-generated beat. The programme involves 12 sessions, of approximately 30 to 45 minutes each. Game-like features engage the trainee with auditory and visual guidance, which provides feedback while encouraging improved scores.
The science behind the therapy is complex but, in brief, IM improves the efficiency of a person’s timing in the brain. In turn, this increases neural efficiency, which produces more efficient communication between critical brain networks. Because IM exercises and builds the core mental skills necessary for controlled attention, purposeful movement, working memory and the processing of info, its application extends with great success to:
- athletes wishing to improve their speed and timing on the sports field, or those coming back from injury;
- scholars looking to extend their attention span while studying for year-end exams;
- children with a wide range of learning difficulties, who may be underperforming for their IQ;
- musicians and dancers needing to fine-tune their motor skills before a big performance; and
- the elderly who may be concerned with declining memory and/or physical function.
Sandy George, a certified IM therapist based at Winning Wayz in Cape Town, says: ‘If you’re looking for a scientifically proven way to help your child be their best academically, socially and athletically, it’s about time… Well, more specifically, timing. And now, Interactive Metronome offers an “IM-Home programme” that can be carried out where and when it suits you best.’
Winning Wayz consists of the dynamic team of Sandy George (IM practitioner, with a special interest in children and teens with learning/attention difficulties) and James Thorburn (ADHD entrepreneur, who focuses his research on the neuroscience of performance). IM trains the brain to plan, sequence and process information more effectively, leading to outcomes that have exceeded traditional clinical expectations in such cases.
For more on Winning Wayz and IM therapy, go to WinningWayz.co.za.
Have you tried alternative ADHD treatments?
Parent24 advises that you always confer with a medical professional before starting any kinds of treatments or therapies.