Interactive Metronome addresses a neural timing deficit by improving the ability to plan and sequence motor actions. With it, it is possible to retrain the brain to focus and concentrate more efficiently.
Our brain has an internal clock that keeps timing at different intervals – microseconds, milliseconds, seconds, minutes and hours. Scientists call this “temporal processing” where a sound is detected as it reaches one ear microseconds before reaching the other ear. This timing in our brain is responsible for many daily functions we do such as:
- Waking up
- Paying attention
- Comprehending what is read
- Remembering information
- Processing speech
- Coordinating motor movements
Certain learning and developmental disorders and conditions seem to have disrupted timing in the brain such as:
Ideally when Interactive Metronome is included with the already existing functional therapy interventions, more rapid improvement can be seen in many of the underlying issues of these disorders and conditions:
- Cognitive functioning
- Focus and concentration
- Speech and language
- Social skills
- Ability to filter out internal and external distractions
- Build important connections in the brain
How Interactive Metronome Works
Interactive Metronome involves wearing a special headset that emits signals and computer-generated tones. The therapy is based on regular clicking of the metronome used by musicians to assist them in keeping beat and marking time. The child or young adult is challenged to precisely match the computer’s rhythmic beat by either clapping hands or tapping feet.
A different set of tones will give different feedback as to whether the response is too early, too late or just right. The computer immediately analyzes the difference in milliseconds between the actual beat and the child or young adult’s motor response. Then the computer will average the ability to maintain focus over whatever extended period of time that takes place in that session.
Interactive Metronome takes fifteen days, listening for one hour per day over a three-to-five-week period of time. To find a practitioner and learn more information click on: www.interactivemetronome.com
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