The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever

The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever

The Best Dyspraxia Program Ever

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Children with developmental delays demonstrate varying degrees of difficulty with motor planning. This disorder is called dyspraxia, a technical term derived from the Latin roots “dys” meaning “poor” and “praxis” meaning “coordination.” Apraxia is a more serious version of this disability, with severely limited motor planning. Dyspraxia can affect gross, fine and oral motor skills. Activities such as riding a bicycle, running, and eating with utensils require skilled motor planning. When dyspraxia affects the ability to coordinate sounds to make words, the result is impaired speech and language. Dyspraxia, Speech and Language How does an individual find the right words, sequence them into sentences, and converse? Since conversations can take many directions, mental flexibility and the ability to prioritize ideas are essential. If grandma asks Christopher what he likes about school, he could choose recess, or his new truck. Children with language motor planning issues often answer questions tangentially, with scripts, or by echoing. Fluid…

Interactive Metronome

The Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome

What Is the Interactive Metronome? The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a valuable educational tool for children with dyspraxia, language delays, attention deficits, learning, cognitive, sensory integration and motor challenges. Invented by a former rock musician, it was initially used to improve natural timing for musicians and athletes.  Interactive Metronome, the company, was founded for the purpose of developing, researching and delivering the IM to children with special needs. IM equipment consists of a computerized metronome, headsets, foot pads and hand buttons. Trainees are instructed to make smooth, controlled hand and foot motions in a continually repeating pattern, without stopping between beats.  They must focus only on the metronome beat and not be interrupted by their own thoughts or things happening around them. Attention, learning and problem-solving all depend on the capacity to plan and sequence actions and ideas.  This capacity relates directly to a child’s ability to follow directions, read, write, do math and, most importantly, think.  We have not…

Statistics About Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies and More

Millions of American children live with diagnosed chronic illnesses.  Here are some of the statistics about autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies and more: Asthma: At least 1 in 8 children, and approximately 1 in 6 African American children Allergic Eczema: 1 in 5 children Hay Fever (seasonal allergies): 2 to 3 out of every 5 children Food Allergies: 1 in 12 children under 4 years of age have a “true” food allergy (IgE mediated).  It is estimated that 1 in 3 children (or more) have food intolerances (are sensitive to particular foods) Celiac Disease: 1 in 80 children Obesity: 1 in 7 children Millions of American children struggle with “psychiatric” disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities: adinabulina | dreamstime.com Autism: 1 in 31 boys  (1 in 50 children) ADHD: 1 in 10 children Learning Disability: 1 in 6 children Severe Mood Dysregulation (e.g., bipolar disorder): 1 in 30 children Dyspraxia (Impaired coordination and motor skills):  1 in 10 children Pediatric Depression:…