What Is IM?

The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, and sequencing.  This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language.

 

How Does IM Work?

The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented training process that challenges the patient to precisely match a computer generated beat.  Participants are instructed to synchronize various hand and foot exercises to a reference tone heard through headphones.  The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions such as tapping his/her toes on a floor sensor mat or hand clapping while wearing an IM glove with palm trigger. 

A patented audio or audio and visual guidance system provides immediate feedback.  The difference between the patient’s performance and the computer generated beat is measured in milliseconds.  The score provided indicates timing accuracy.

 

Who Can Benefit?

Individuals with, motor planning and sequencing problems, speech and language delays, motor and sensory disorders, learning disabilities, and various cognitive and physical deficits may benefit from the IM program.  Adult and pediatric patients who have benefited from IM include those with:

 

  • Dementia and Alzhiemers Disease

  • OCD

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Attention and Concentration

  • Language Processing

  • Behavior (Aggression and Impulsivity)

  • Motor Control and Coordination

  • Academic Performance

  • Sensory Integration Disorder

  • Asberger Syndrome

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)

  • Balance Disorders

  • Limb Amputation

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

  • Decline in Function

  • Developmental Disorders



Rachel has seen great success with this treatment.  After about 8-10 sessions, Rachel has had children and adolescents tell her that they feel like they are not "dumb" anymore.  One parent asked her why her son's handwriting was suddenly legible and his essays more organized.  Rachel has seen noteable transformations in college students and adults who report now knowing how "normal" people think.  

 

Rachel was informed by two patients with dementia that their neuropsychologists assessed that they had made significant progress in memory, organization of thoughts and concentration.  These patient's families also reported noticeable improvement in their day to day functioning. 

 

For more information please visit:  www.interactivemetronome.com

 

 

 

Guided Imagery

 

Guided Imagery is an effective approach for the treatment of anxiety, phobias, trauma and physical illness.  Guided imagery is developed with the individual in mind including personalizing the actual imagery and goal.  Each patient is provided a personalized experience which includes a recording of the session which allows the individual to utilize this approach in the comfort of their home.

 

Guided imagery involves the clinician verbally creating a detailed visual meditation that allows the patient to visualize themselves in a relaxing/soothing location/scenerio or successfully overcome a barrier.  Guided imagery utilizes fine details in order for the individual to exprience a visual journey.

 

Guided imagery or visualization can actually train the brain to respond to specific cues and learn how to relax through creating a "memory".  Studies have shown that guided imagery and visualization can actually create a psuedo memory in the brain thus tricking the brain into believing that it has experienced a psysiological or psychological event in the past.  This creates a feeling of confidence or an ability to recreate the event.  For example, if someone has to speak publically and he or she visualizes themselves being relaxed and successfully delivering their message, they will have an experience of "remembering" having done the speach even though they did not actually do the speach.  Another example is if someone utilizes guided imagery to relax, the brain creates a memory or experience of relaxation and learns to recreate that feeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Assisted Therapy

For years experts in the medical field have observed substantial benefits from animal interaction with patients in a variety of settings.  A few of the observed benefits include decrease in anxiety, improvement in mood, quicker recovery from illness, loss and life stressors. 

We have continued to witness a measurably improved response to treatment as a result of animal assisted therapy.  Patients that were once apprehensive or averse to treatment have become relaxed and engaged during sessions.  Teens that were once opposed to attending sessions or refused to interact during sessions have become engaged through animal assisted therapy.  Children suddenly become relaxed and interactive allowing for increased success in treatment. 

Our therapy dogs have been specially trained to interact with patients in a variety of approaches.  They have served as security blankets, they have been assigned "stressors and /or mood issues" that have required assistance from our patients to resolve, they have improved self-esteem, taught responsibility, decreased sensory issues, and have created a welcoming atmosphere.

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