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SIRRI Center, ( for brain-based disorders)
SIRRI was founded in 2001 by John W Steinert PT, with an emphasis on multisensory processing and developmental learning. SIRRI is dedicated to helping families and individuals that are affected by sensory processing and neurological "brain-based" disorders develop to their fullest potential. SIRRI will achieve its goals through the innovative use of technology and clinical techniques from the education and rehabilitation markets as well as SIRRI's years of experience in the market place.
SenEx and the Sensory Training:
The program offers a unique way to exercise and train the nervous system with multiple types of sensory stimuli including; light, sound , motion and tactile stimulation; combinations of these stimulus variables, either simultaneously or separately are provided to "exercise the brain." The senses of each client are assessed through a multisensory evaluation. All variables used in the program are based on this evaluation. The SenEx Sensory Training Program focuses on developing these sensory systems which are necessary for the brain to focus, attend, expand and learn!
Visual Training (seeing) – Visual training uses a custom designed computerized light instrument. The client views colors throughout the visual spectrum and develops visual tracking skills such as: saccades, smooth pursuit, convergence, and improved visual field awareness. This helps to train attention, visual motor control and the visual system's receptivity.
Auditory Training (hearing) – The SenEx Auditory Training Program is provided to help improve auditory processing, attention, listening skills, and to reduce sound sensitivities. After a listening profile is performed, the client will receive modulated sound based on their individual needs. This is applied through headphones that the client wears while going through the program.
Vestibular Stimulation (balance) – SenEx uses a patent pending motion table to deliver movement in a reclined or upright position. The table moves in different planes which aids in visual tracking and vestibular system and cerebellar stimulation.
Tactile Stimulation (touch) – SenEx uses tactile stimulation while on the table to provide controlled sensory input to the individual.
Interactive Metronome (IM):
The only research-based technology program that uses interactive [and fun!] exercises, and a patented auditory guidance system to measure and improve one's rhythm and timing. By improving this fundamental ability, the individual learns to plan, sequence and process information more effectively. Motor planning and sequencing problems have been linked to various developmental, behavioral, and learning challenges. Clinical studies suggest that technologies aimed at improving these capacities can produce functional outcomes.
ADHD Study -A double-blind, placebo controlled study of 9 to 12 year old boys diagnosed with ADHD found those undergoing the Interactive Metronome training program showed significant patterns of improvement in attention, coordination, control of aggression/impulsivity, reading and language processing. This study was published in the March/April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
Motor Control Study – A comparison of IM-trained special education students to a control group showed that the IM-trained group improved significantly in both motor control and motor coordination as evaluated by independent measures, Bruininks-Oseretsky and SIPT Motor Accuracy Test. Parents of the IM-trained group also reported marked improvement in their children's ability to attend to tasks, read, and write as well as in their general behavior (Stemmer, P.M. (1996). Improving Student Motor Integration by Use of an Interactive Metronome. This is a study paper presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Educational.)
Motor & Cognition Study – In the double blind IM Training 'effect' study that appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, boys with ADHD, who received the IM intervention, were compared with a control group receiving no intervention and a second control group receiving a placebo computer based intervention. The IM intervention group showed statistically significant improvements over both control groups in areas of attention, motor control, language processing and reading, and in their ability to regulate aggression.
Neurofeedback and Biofeedback:
The goal of neurofeedback and biofeedback training is to allow the participant to learn how to improve attention, the ability to focus for prolonged periods of time and gain a sense of self control over his body and mind. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are used to complement traditional therapy plans and help offer self awareness strategies to the individual.
Brain Mapping- (QEEG) allows objective neurophysiological measures to be taken prior to interventions and allows objective documentation of changes as the program is administered. Parents often report that their child is unable to attend at all or long enough to complete homework, or the child can only hyper-focus on certain tasks but not others. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback training helps teach self-regulation and selective attention, thus increasing the individual's ability to focus on a task with more flexibility and less distractibility for application in various environments including school, work and home. The user completes different types of training skills at our center. SIRRI combines many different technologies and strategies to effectively provide appropriate level training and success-based skills for the student.
Attention & Focus are essential to success in school. An inability to pay attention and stay focused can result in reduced grades and inappropriate behavior in the classroom.
Time On-Task is required to be able to complete school-work assignments. It should not take hours to do homework that normally should take 30 minutes. Not finishing assignments in class will lead to bad reports from the teacher, and poor grades.
Visual Tracking is important to be able to follow what is written on the blackboard, and to follow what the teacher is doing as she gives a lesson in class.
Discriminatory Processing is the ability to filter out external noise and distractions in order to stay focused on the primary stimuli. If your child has problems with discriminatory processing, even the most minor noise or movement can lead to substantial distraction.
Short-Term Memory skills need to be developed to remember simple facts long enough so they may transfer into long-term memory. Problems with short-term memory will often lead to an inability to fulfill simple multi-step tasks.
The SIRRI Cognitive Training Program:
Offers the most comprehensive set of computerized processing and skill development programs ever published. The software programs contain many different levels of cognitive exercises designed to help develop and remediate attention, concentration, memory, eye-hand coordination, basic numeric concepts, problem solving, reasoning skills, self-esteem and self-control. Combined with other technologies and software programs, our SIRRI cognitive training program provides objective measurements to track how the student is progressing.
The Reading Development Program:
Helps to develop and improve upon attention, concentration, short term memory, literal understanding and the rate at which students can read comfortably with excellent comprehension. Essential vocabulary, analytical reading and comprehension didactics are all incorporated into this program to amass the user's fundamental reading process, visual, perceptual and cognitive skills, which will then increase over time. All of these skills are essential in order for one to become fluent in silent reading and to comprehend what has been read.
Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy & Speech Therapy – Children who may benefit from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy include those with neurological and/or developmental disabilities, those recovering from an injury or neurological disease, or any individual adapting to new restrictions in lifestyle (i.e. after major surgery, etc.)
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