Childhood Development

Developmental Milestones and Interactive Metronome®

Posted: February 15, 2014
By: Dr Christine Anderson

Dr. Christine Anderson now offers the Interactive Metronome® (IM),  a computer-based technology that enhances motor planning, sequencing and timing in children. IM can improve speech, communication, coordination and learning, as these are performance-based skills that depend on the ability of the brain to plan and sequence actions and ideas. 

 

In many children, clinical studies have found that performance on IM exercises correlates with improved academic achievement in areas such as mathematics, language, reading, and attention to task. In one clinical study the Interactive Metronome® was found to produce significant gains in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the areas of concentration, motor planning, control of aggression, language processing and reading. These findings are consistent with recent research on the growth of the brain that indicates that environmental influences, not just genetics, can facilitate a child’s development.  

 

The Interactive Metronome® involves the principles of the traditional musical metronome, combined with the precision of a personal computer to create engaging interactive training exercises, including games to keep kids motivated.   Like training wheels on a bicycle, a patented auditory guidance system progressively challenges participants to improve their motor planning, sequencing and rhythmic timing performance. 

 

Interactive Metronome® wheels can be used by all age groups and those children with special needs.  IM-Home® is the Interactive Metronome® (IM) for home-use. IM-home is beneficial to those who have time and travel constraints and aids in having children be able to do their IM exercises on a consistent basis.  Dr. Anderson can work with patients remotely to oversee your child's Interactive Metronome®  training for their continued success.  

 

 

Dr. Christine Anderson is Board Certified in Chiropractic Pediatrics and Certified in Childhood Developmental Disorders in Los Angeles, CA.  She helps children reach their optimum potential by using specific, gentle chiropractic, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, nutrition, and brain balancing exercises, such as Interactive Metronome®.  To schedule a FREE screening to see if your child could benefit from Interactive Metronome® at Dr. Anderson's Hollywood, CA office, call 323-436-2735.

 

 

For more information about Interactive Metronome® www.interactivemetronome.com and www.imhome.org.  

 


Developmental Milestones

Posted: February 15, 2014
By: Dr Christine Anderson

Developmental Milestones are markers of neurological development in the baby and young child.  A baby is born with a very basic nervous system consisting primarily of primitive reflexes and autonomic control of the major organ systems.  Because their brains are not developed, babies cannot conciously control their actions.  The appearance of a series of skills at a particular age means that your baby's nervous sytem and brain are developing.  If a child's abilities are within a predicted level for  their age, then it is considered that the child is developing within normal guidelines.  It is a concern if a child does not meet expected developmental milestones on time as it is indicative that their nervous system may not be developing as it should.  

Developmental Milestones are categorized into 5 areas:

  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Commuication Skills
  • Adaptive Skills

Gross Motor Skills are where the brain is able to tell the supporting muscles of the spine to work and the big muscles of the body to move.  They are important for  your baby to hold their head up on their own, sit up with and without support, crawl, stand, walk, and for older children to climb, run, hop, etc.

Fine Motor Skills occur when the brain is able to control the small muscles of the hands and voice box.  Because of fine motor control, your baby will be able to feed herself finger food, turn pages of a book, and eventually be able to write and draw.

Social Skills tend to kick in early with your baby's first smile around 2 months of age.  HIgher brain function (especially on the right side of the brain) deals with emotional connection and social interaction with others.  Eye contact is part of this important milestone, as well as playing with their hands and feet, playing with others (ie peek-a-boo), and pointing.

Communication Skills relate to the development of vocabulary and is dependent on being able to hear in order to develop properly.  Babies will start communicating with coos and laughs and then graduate to one syllable words ("ma"), which then morphs into 2 syllable words ("mama") and then phrases.

Adaptive Skills are similar to Fine Motor Skills, but include cognitive elements in each task. These include holding their own bottle, eating with utensils, identifying colors, copying a circle.

Los Angeles chiropractor, Dr. Christine Anderson, is board certified in chiropractic pediatrics and is certified in childhood developmental disorders.   She assesses the Developmental Milestones of all children coming into her practice to ensure that their nervous systems are developing on track.  She recommends all newborns have a wellness checkup as soon after birth as possible, so that she can determine if there are interferences in the nervous system which could affect neurologic function and developement.  She advises that babies come in monthly for wellness visits in order to check that their developmental milestones are being met in all 5 categories.  

If your baby or child has not met a developmental milestone on time or has a problem with autism, ADHD, dyslexia or other neurobehavioral or learning disorders, it is advisable for them to have a comprehensive neurology examination by a functional neurologist who is certified in childhood developmental disorders, like Dr. Christine Anderson.  She may be reached at her Hollywood, CA office at 323-436-2735.

 

 

references:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ana.21120/abstract : Infant developmental milestones and subsequent cognitive function

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