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Interactive Metronome

Timing is everything!

Interactive Metronome

You have heard this a million times. And yes, precise timing is crucial to athletes, to produce a great performance, to musicians, to execute a perfect melody, or even to comedians, to deliver a funny punch line. Timing is also responsible for a person being able to walk without falling or to speak without stuttering. Timing is what allows us to focus, process language, keep our balance, play a sport, and even read. In fact, the ability to have accurate Neurotiming (timing in the brain) is one of the most critical factors in human performance.

Research evidenced that children with learning or developmental disorders have poor Neurotiming. When Neurotiming improves, gains are seen in:

  • Attention & Executive Functioning
  • Motor Coordination & Balance
  • Language Processing
  • Reading & Math Fluency
  • Control of Impulsivity & Aggression

Interactive Metronome®

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Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a computer-based neurotherapy program used at Therapies 4 Kids that helps strengthen the brain's ability to synchronize thought and movement to a steady metronome beat.
IM provides real-time feedback – measured to the millisecond – indicating whether the patient is hitting before, after or in sync with the beat. The overall goal of IM training is to improve Neurotiming through rhythm and repetition.

The Importance of Timing in the Brain

Over the past 10-15 years, neuroscientists have turned their focus toward studying how deficient neural communication (impaired timing in the brain) contributes to various clinical disorders like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Parkinson.
Research also supports the opinion that timing in the brain can be trained and improved through appropriate, targeted intervention.

Studies show that the Interactive Metronome® may be of benefit for:

  • Attention
  • APD
  • Autism
  • Brain Injury
  • Dyslexia
  • Executive Functions
  • Intelligence
  • Memory/Working Memory
  • Mental Timing
  • Motor Skills
  • Processing Speed

Read more: https://www.interactivemetronome.com/im-specific-research