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Improving Brain Timing and Processing
Interactive Metronome (IM) may look like a computer game, but it has become an important therapy tool for people with neurological conditions who face daily frustration in completing simple tasks such as picking up objects, walking, talking and following instructions.
“At Good Shepherd, Interactive Metronome is used with adults and adolescents as part of a comprehensive physical, speech and cognitive therapy program,” says Kelly Raub, MA, CCC-SLP/L, CBIS, IMC, a speech language pathologist for Good Shepherd’s Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Program. “This computer assessment and training program improves the brain’s timing and processing skills through the use of physical exercises performed in response to a computer-generated beat.”
Specially certified therapists use the IM tool to improve the millisecond timing, which is for everyday tasks. When using IM, the patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor movements. The interactive features engage the patient with sound and sight guidance and real-time feedback.
The technology provides an assessment of the patient’s information processing, timing and motor planning skills, and an individualized computer-assisted training program is developed. Therapists can target the patients’ sessions on working memory, attention, visual and auditory processing, language skills and cognition, as well as sequencing, motor coordination, balance, gait or fine motor skills.
IM therapy can be used with patients following a stroke, concussion, traumatic brain injury or who have multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. IM also is a “second chance” program for those who are years past their illness or injury.
To learn more, call 1-888-44-REHAB (73422) or contact us.