Supporting Self Esteem with the Truth

This is a true story of how I went about supporting self esteem for my son with the truth. We were on our way to the developmental optometrist’s office when it happened. My son Joe’s current diagnosis basically translates to “chatty, skinny boy with remarkable expressive language skills, poor visual tracking, and low muscle tone.” You might add “occasionally lacks self confidence.”  That’s really all it is. This remarkable boy has been juggling appointments and evaluations since before he was three. Since the day the nursery school director called my husband and me in to discuss “what’s going on with Joe,” he’s been tested by a neuropsychologist, a physical therapist,  auditory experts, and vision specialists. He’s benefited from Brain Gym and therapy to integrate primitive reflexes.  He’s “played” with four different OTs. I’ve dragged him to horseback riding, movement and dance classes he didn’t want to attend, and he still sees an osteopath. He is precociously savvy about the dangers…

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…