The Listening Program
Speech and Language Therapy
How does the interactive metronome work?
Training your brain & body to work better together
5 Simple steps to IM Training
The client performs a suite of physical movements to a computer-generated metronome beat.
IM's guide sounds & visual cues provide the client with realtime millisecond feedback, indicating an early - late - or in-sync hit with the beat.
The client processes IM's feedback while fine-tuning the motor movement being performed in an attempt to improve the millisecond.
As millisecond accuracy is improved, neural efficiency is strengthened, which indicates improvement in the brain's ability to synchronize thought & movement.
The IM program is tailored to each client's needs. The length varies from 15-20 sessions with each session lasting up to 45 minutes.
The brain & neurotiming
The brain is made up of many regions that are responsible for different functions, for cognitive processing and physical movements.
In order to complete a task, such as reading a book or walking without falling, several regions must “talk” to each other & be “in-sync.”
Quick, precise brain timing, or neurotiming, is critical for accurate communication in the brain’s network. Neurotiming is what allows us to:
Play a sport
Get good grades
If Neurotiming is poor, a deficit is often displayed.
IM guide sounds, visual cues & millisecond feedback
The ability to have accurate Neurotiming is one of the most critical factors in human performance.
Headphones are worn during
training, so the client can
hear the auditory components
The MCU is the "timekeeper"
for IM training, providing a
reliable, steady metronome
beat and guide sounds.
IM Universal Software is run
on a computer & features the
visual feedback system, which
includes engaging animated games.
The button trigger is usually worn on the client's dominant hand for upper extremity
Clients typically use the Tap
Mat for lower extremity
exercises & it can also be used for fine motor upper
Oakland RiteCare® Childhood Language Center offers an intervention that has been shown to improve speech/communication, coordination and learning in children suffering from a number of conditions including auditory processing disorders, sensory integration disorder, and communication disorders. Interactive Metronome © (IM) is a computer-based technology that encourages users to match the computer's rhythm through motion, thereby improving their internal sense of timing. An increasing amount of scientific evidence demonstrates that the brain's internal clock is integral to the development and maintenance of many cognitive, behavioral, social, and motor skills.
Both our therapist and clients find Interactive Metronome to be challenging yet fun therapy that keeps their attention, and produces significant results.
For more information, go to https://www.interactivemetronome.com/