Using IM to Rehabilitate Cognitive-Communicative Abilities Self-Study    


  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Speech and Language Pathology Asst
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Educator
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Neurologist
  • Licensed Medical, Rehabilitation or Mental Health Professional
  • Music Therapist

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Course Description
Many patients present with developmental or acquired cognitive-communicative deficits that affect their daily productivity and their ability to relate to others effectively. A significant number of these patients are high-level and quickly plateau in response to traditional cognitive-linguistic therapy methods. These patients are perfect candidates for integrating Interactive Metronome (IM) into cognitive/language rehabilitation. By doing so, you can target specific skill areas, such as executive functions, memory, thought organization, and various levels of attention/concentration while addressing critical mental timing skills (AKA temporal processing). Identifying the right time to introduce higher level cognitive-linguistic tasks during IM can facilitate a more expedient recovery and return to the community.
Instructor(s) - One of the following:

Nicole Smith, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master's in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her graduate program, she completed a thesis that examined the relationship between African American English and phonological processing skills. The study results were presented at the 2001 ASHA Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nicole has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including the school system, head start programs, and pediatric home health. She currently works for one of the largest pediatric and geriatric inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the country. She treats children with a variety of diagnoses including meningitis, stroke, brain injury, anoxic encephalopathy, developmental delay, speech delay, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, etc. She also works with adults with a variety of diagnoses including stroke, encephalopathy, brain injury, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, etc. She also completes on-site Modified Barium Swallow Studies with both pediatric and adult patients. She is certified in Vital Stim and Interactive Metronome. Nicole serves on the CVA committee, facilitates the monthly Brain Injury Support Group, and provides staff education for the Interactive Metronome and Gait Mate programs at the hospital. In addition to her full-time position, she works for a geriatric home health company and also has several private clients. She really enjoys the diverse patient population that she gets to work with everyday!

She has been certified in Interactive Metronome since 2006 and uses it on a daily basis with patients, both children and adults, with great success. In 2008, she became a clinical instructor for Interactive Metronome and has had the pleasure of training other professionals across the country as to the benefits of this program. She most recently contributed her knowledge and experience to the Adult Best Practices Manual for advanced training. She currently resides in Clearwater, Florida.

Course Objectives:

Target Audience:
This course welcomes:

  1. Speech and Language Pathologist
  2. Speech and Language Pathology Asst
  3. Occupational Therapist
  4. Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
  5. Educator
  6. Psychologist
  7. Psychiatrist
  8. Neurologist
  9. Licensed Medical, Rehabilitation or Mental Health Professional
  10. Music Therapist
*You must have completed the Interactive Metronome Certification course prior to attending this course.

Instructional Level:

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Review critical aspects of language and cognition and ways to identify deficits for remediation;
  2. Identify appropriate patients for more advanced Interactive Metronome (IM) tasks;
  3. Understand the implementation and adaptation of more complex IM tasks for remediation of cognitive-communicative deficits
*This course covers information that pertains to licensed therapists and therapy assistants. SLPA, COTA and PTA professionals must practice IM under the supervision of a licensed SLP, OT or PT.


The Interactive Metronome, Inc. has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as the Interactive Metronome®. (U.S. Patents #4,919,030; #5,529,498; #5,743,744; #6,719,690; other U.S. and foreign patents pending) Interactive Metronome, Inc. is the sole source of the following products: Interactive Metronome® , Gait Mate® and IM Home®. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products.

Course Meets Requirements for:
  • 0.00 Contact Hours OT/COTA (AOTA) = 0.00 CEUs
PTs & PTAs may submit paperwork to your state board. Check your state for eligibility.
Interactive Metronome is an AOTA Approved Provider (#4683). This Advanced course is offered for contact hours/0.00 CEUs(Classification Codes - Domain of OT; OT Process: Intervention). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA..