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Published on April 30, 2013

Learn About Interactive Metronome, Reflex Integration Therapy at May 8 Health Forum

Do you have a child who’s having problems paying attention in school or at home, or have a family member who’s been diagnosed with stroke, a brain injury or Parkinson’s? It may be time to explore new options. Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy and reflex integration, offered at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, creates the possibility for better motor and cognitive skills.

A free community health forum focusing on these therapies will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in Aberdeen at Avera State Street Medical Square, 105 S. State St.

Dalita Meyer and Jenn Gustafson, occupational therapists at Avera St. Luke’s, will explain IM therapy, which uses headphones, hand and foot sensors to determine how closely a participant responds to computer-generated musical beats. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions such as tapping his toes on a floor sensor mat. Immediate feedback is given. IM can provide help for both children and adults, especially those with acquired neurological and motor deficits. They will also discuss reflex integration therapy and how it can help your struggling student.

Preregistration is not necessary. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 605-622-5588 or 605-622-5107.