Timm getting jumpstart on career

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2005

NATCHEZ &045; Lindsey Timm isn’t just sitting around on her summer vacation.

When she isn’t helping babysit her three younger siblings (she has an older sister, too), she’s working at the Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic in Natchez.

There she works with Terry Rouprich in the clinic’s biofeedback and cognitive training programs.

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&uot;It’s interesting and it’s been fun so far,&uot; Timm said.

Timm, a social work major at Ole Miss, is back in Natchez for the summer, staying with her family and working part-time at the clinic with Rouprich.

&uot;It’s been a dream working with her,&uot; Timm said. &uot;When I got to Ole Miss, I was indecisive about my major. She’s the sole reason I’m in social work.&uot;

On a recent day, one of her young patients, 8-year-old Eddie Minor, attempted to keep a computer program &045; this one has a bowling ball that crashes into pins &045; going by keeping his theta brain waves below a certain level. When the waves go too high, the program stops running.

&uot;Basically, we’re trying to train his theta brain waves to behave,&uot; Timm said.

Electrodes, which are attached to the ears and top of the head, measure brain waves and send that information to a computer, which also runs the game patients watch.

The program helps patients like Minor learn to control their brain’s function and teach it to better focus. The program helps patients with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and learning disabilities, Timm said.

Timm said the results are also permanent, meaning patients can be weaned off of medicine.

&uot;It teaches the brain to work normally,&uot; Timm said.

Timm might have had an inside edge in getting the job &045; Dr. David Timm, the clinic’s head, is her father.

Timm would like to work in the social work field eventually, she said. Not that she’s in a hurry to get out to her future career. First, there’s a couple more years at Ole Miss to finish up. Then she wants to get a master’s degree in social work.

And after that? &uot;I think I might want to take a year off and go do some mission work in Bolivia,&uot; Timm said. &uot;I want to find where I need to be. As long as I’m helping people, everything else will fall in place.&uot;