Interactive metronome is a therapy that has multiple applications, and can potentially help individuals of any age with mental and physical disabilities. Positive outcomes in focus, attention, motor planning, coordination, gait, and balance can come about through Interactive Metronome therapy. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language.
The relatively new therapy known as Interactive Metronome has restored the internal timepiece in the brain of many patients with autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, stroke, traumatic brain injury and other cognitive disorders.
Research shows that combining whole body movements with cognitive tasks leads to overall better outcomes. Interactive Metronome is a patented and unique training tool that challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, providing real-time millisecond feedback to help synchronize the body’s “internal clock.” When your brain’s functional networks are working efficiently the neurons are able to fire more often and in sync. That results in improved communication, memory, processing and coordination today, and the stronger neural networks can help prevent some of the damaging effects of future conditions. Interactive Metronome looks more like an entertaining video game than an advanced auditory therapy, but reaching a new level in this computer-generated game means restored function, and in many cases, a restored life.
What will Interactive Metronome training be like?
In IM training, individuals listen to a beat while wearing headphones. They’re asked to clap their hands or tap their feet to the beat. The computer then tells them how well they’re doing. The goal is for them to get better at matching various beats over repeated sessions.
How long does IM training take?
Therapy usually involves 15 to 20 sessions that are spread out over three to five weeks. Each session lasts for an hour. IM therapists say the effects are permanent. So once the brain is trained there’s no need to come back for more training. Training plans are individualized to meet the unique needs of each person.
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