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“I really get it!” Megan’s life was transformed after training with Interactive Metronome

At 17 Megan struggled with APD, dyscalculia and understanding conversational speech. She was withdrawing from her friends and having trouble with her vocabulary. With the help of IM, Megan's attitude has improved and her speech is more clear. She is now able to understand her friends stories and jokes. 

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One Task at A Time to A Seasoned Multi-Tasker

Randolph is a successful professional in his 50s. But even successful people have set backs. His being multi-tasking. While working on a single task, everything is fine and he is able to get through it with no problems. Two or more tasks at a time is when he starts to lose focus. For instance, driving and holding a conversation couldn't be done simultaneously. Fortunately, IM was able to help him re-gain focus and become a better multi-tasker.

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Seeing Through Adversity With Interactive Metronome

Simon, 24 years old, had a traumatic brain injury a year ago due to gun shot wounds. He is blind in his left eye and only has a quadrant of vision in his right. This caused Simon to have trouble with concentrating as well as safety judgment.  He began IM after five months of a brain program. IM helped him with is attention and concentration along with helping him feel more calm in social situations.

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Removing the Cloud of Depression With IM

Natalie has suffered a 20 year battle with depression. Not only does it run in her family but she also went through severe postpartum after the birth of her daughter. Before IM, she experienced agitation and anxiety along with depression, which affected her daily life. After IM, she is better with decision making on a daily basis and looking forward to the future. 

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From Frustrated to Communicative

 

Darren began IM training at the age of 8 when his mother noticed his difficulty with communicating. Darren was often left frustrated when trying to talk to his peers due to his speech and language impairments. He was unable to express himself clearly. He began IM training in the severe deficiency range but improved vastly, with advancement in his communication and speech and scoring in the average range. The best part, his mother says is that he is still the same happy and fun-loving boy.

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New Research Published:Incorporation of Feedback During Beat Synchronization is an Index of Neural Maturation and Reading Skills

Published September 11, 2016 in the Brain and Language Journal, researchers from Northwestern University looked at how auditory, visual and motor maturity can be identified within these various systems utilizing synchronous modalities such as Interactive Metronome®. 

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IM Featured in the News: Study by Nina Kraus of Northwestern University

Mature brains exploit feedback when keeping a beat

 

Clapping along with a metronome is a deceptively simple task that requires the integration of multiple neural systems. Incorporating visual cues to guide beat keeping—as in Interactive Metronome (IM) training—only makes this more complicated because fine-grained timing in the brain’s auditory and motor centers has to align with similar functions in the visual system.

 

New research by Nina Kraus (www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu) at Northwestern University has unraveled what it takes to contend with this visual feedback. Kraus and colleagues looked under the hood of IM performance by testing 74 adolescents who clapped along to a metronome with and without visual feedback. The same adolescents underwent tests of cognitive and literacy skills. Next, Kraus and colleagues measured the brain’s electric activity at rest and in response to sound, with scalp electrodes.

 

IM performance with and without visual feedback tracked with cognition and literacy—adolescents who clapped more precisely on IM in both conditions also had more advanced working memory, phonological processing, and reading. Things got even more interesting, however, when Kraus and colleagues took a look at brain function. Adolescents with a more mature neural profile, both in terms of resting neural activity and neural activity in response to speech sounds, did a superior job clapping with visual feedback in IM. There was no link between IM performance without feedback and brain activity.

 

“A more mature brain is a healthier and more resilient brain,” said Kraus, who has pioneered ways of measuring the brain’s activity across development. “These findings show that the ability to incorporate visual feedback while keeping a beat systematically aligns with brain maturity. It stands to reason, then, that training the brain to exploit multisensory rhythm processing could speed up brain maturation and bolster cognitive health.”

 

Kraus and her team are now studying beat keeping in preschoolers who have not yet learned to read. Their goal is to identify an objective, biological marker of risk for reading impairment that can motivate early interventions such as IM. “Early interventions are incredibly effective in preventing reading struggles. Converging evidence suggests that training the brain’s auditory and motor timing systems could offer a powerful approach to early intervention for a wide variety language and literacy delays.”

 

 

 

“Incorporation of feedback during beat synchronization is an index of neural maturation and reading skills” was published in Brain and Language. To learn more about Nina Kraus visit www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu

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IM Featured in the News: IM and Reflex Integration

Avera St. Lukes uses Interactive Metronome and reflex therapy to help Gannon Schock get his brain and body more in sync. Where homework was a lot stress on him, it now only takes him a quarter of the time it used to!

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Focus on the Things That Matter

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most diagnosed childhood disorders, but children aren't the only ones who can be affected.  This new infographic will help you to explain to your clients the types of ADHD, how symptoms can present themselves in various environments and tips to living with ADHD.

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Taking your life from ordinary to extraordinary

Growing up and going through school with learning disabilities is no easy feat - regardless of how determined a person is.  The key is to recognize the symptoms and address the issues.  In Andrew's case - he just wanted to be a normal teenager, a goal that he was able to achieve through Interactive Metronome® training.

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Sam Proves that Small Gains Matter

Sam's life was turned upside down after he suffered from a left arteriovenous malformation (AVM) with bleeding, which caused him to suffer from many complications especially after surgery.   During his recovery, and after being admitted into HealthSouth's comprehensive brain injury program, Sam was able to make progress and gains towards returning to his normal daily life, with the help of Interactive Metronome® training.

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Confused on how Interactive Metronome actually works?

Are you finding it difficult to wrap your head around how and why IM works?  Or finding it difficult to explain what IM is to clients, families and friends? rest assured IM is here to help!

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IM and Other Treatment Modalities

We sometimes get asked about how IM works with other treatment modalities - and while each situation is unique, our Clinical Education Director, Amy Vega sheds some light on IM and the DORE Program.

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IM Featured in the News: "Concussion"

Here at Interactive Metronome®, seeing our Providers in the news gives a special feeling of accomplishment; especially when they are able to incorporate current news in the media with using IM.  This news clip, from WMAR Baltimore, features our very own Kate Ortman from Brain Training Center of Maryland and her son, Greg, who uses IM to help with his concussion recovery.

 

With the new Will Smith movie "Concussion" coming out (released on December 25th), we hope that it sheds light on a very important and dangerous topic - untreated sports related brain injury.  

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IM Featured in the News: Podcast

IM in the News: Listen to this podcast hosted by Dr. Michael Bagnell of Bagnell Brain Center and Amy Vega.  

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Interactive Metronome Research Announcement

Research Annoucement: A research grant has been awarded to study the effects of Interactive Metronome® therapy on aging American Indians.  

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November's Provider of the Month: Dr. Michael Bagnell

It's November and the holidays are upon us. The kids are out of school. It's time for vacation, family gatherings and a new Provider of the Month! This November, we chose a wonderful Chiropractor from Florida, Dr. Michael Bagnell. Dr. Bagnell has been working with pediatric and adult/geriatric clients and those suffering from TBI (traumatic brain injury), dementia, and mood disorders, and we are happy to have him in our network. Check out his story here.

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Making Moves at Any Age with IM

Tom, a retired veterinarian diagnosed with Parkinson’s, was struggling with consistent movement.  After IM training, not only was be able to improve his weight shifting but he also able to ease his reliance on his walker. 

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Improving attention isn’t just for kids

 

Claudia is an older woman has been diagnosed with demenita.  Claudia's family wasn't really sure how to help her, so they reached out to Interactive Metronome®.  With IM training, Claudia was able to improve and increase her attention.

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Iman improves 100% with IM

 

Iman is a bright young boy who was having difficulty with speech and language processing, and attention and focus. His parents and teachers had both expressed concern, and he was on medication to help control his issues. Find out how IM training help Iman improve in school and in daily life, and why his parents and teachers are raving about the results.

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