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Montgomery, Alabama
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Interactive Metronome Therapy, also referred to as IM, is a DRUG FREE brain training technology which is effective at turning on parts of the brain used in timing, planning, sequencing, focusing, and attending. IM is used as a motor assessment and treatment tool by over 15,000 therapists, athletic trainers, educators, psychiatrists, neurologists, and psychologists in over 5,000 clinics globally.

Hand and foot triggers are worn or stepped on precisely measuring timing accuracy. Personal timing is improved by using real time, millisecond accurate feedback, via the patented guide sound and visual tracking technologies. A patented software algorithm continually redefines the “just right” challenge for each exercise, thus ensuring peak performance.

Thirteen specific motor exercises retrain the brain by creating new neuropathways while strengthening already existing neuropathways pathways. The process is based on the principle of neurolacsticity, which states, “what fires together, wires together.” By creating personalized movement patterns to attain specific function goals, IM ensures durability of training results.

IM has been shown to improve behavioral, cognitive, communicative, and movement challenges to address multiple learning deficits and lack of motor skill coordination. Neuroscience research has revealed areas of our brain which control rhythm and timing, and are central to all human performance. The efficiency of our prefrontal cortex impacts our executive function, or the ability to plan, process, and execute actions. The cerebellum, amygdala, and other vital brain centers regulate our ability to efficiently process auditory proprioceptive and visual inputs. 

 

Effective Results:

Clinically, IM is effective for the treatment of ADD/ADHD (impulse control), DYSLEXIA, STUTTERING, ASBERGR’S, AUTISISM SPECTRUM, DEPRESSION, POST-STROKE, TBI, and the early to mid-onset of PARKINSIN’S disease.

As an academic tool, IM can typically increase math fluency by one and a half grade levels, and reading fluency and comprehension by more than two grade levels. Mental processing speeds gain improvements by up to three grade levels.

IM Is used widely by PGA, NFL, NCAA, and the US HOCKEY strength conditioning professionals. Clinical research studies have revealed that golf shot accuracy can increase by 20 to 28%.

Initial Assessment and Consultation:

          Upon reviewing the trainee’s timed initial assessment results, we will discuss the desired functional outcome goals. The total number of sessions will be discussed to determine an individual’s IM training protocol. Factors determining the total number of training sessions include, but are not limited to:

1. Base-line timing abilities and functioning as determined during the initial assessment.

2. Desired functional goal and outcomes.

3. Ability to continue making progress toward each of six IM programs interactive milestones.

 

Interactive Metronome Training Sessions:

          Every IM program will progress at a pace unique to each person’s situation. Factors determining the attainment of personally developed and self-stated functional goals, but are not limited to:

– Intrinsic motivation.

– “Coachability”: here defined as one’s ability to understand, follow instructions, and mirror modeled movement patterns.

–  Ability to continually progress towards each of six program milestones.

1. Learn proper upper body movement and coordinate to the IM reference tone.

2. Improve generalized timing of upper body movements by using IM guide sounds.

3. Use strategies to overcome self-limiting tendencies and reinforce positive behavior (i.e. using fluid movements, waiting for cues then responding appropriately, etc.)

4. Incorporate new learning to coordinate lower body, bilateral, and balance exercises.

5. Continue to task working memory, while extending short-term focus and longer concentration.

6. Ability to overcome distractions and achieve new personal-best scores on customized functional goals or sports-specific movement patterns.

Typical functioning adults, older children (4th-6th graders), and middle school to high school teenagers may achieve significant outcomes after approximately 15 sessions. As a motor learning program, we encourage families to schedule with a minimum commitment of 2 sessions per week; improved outcomes may be achieved by increasing appointments to 3 times per week.

*In cases where the individual has severe sensory or motor deregulation, or is under the age of 6, treatment duration may exceed 20 sessions.