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The Interactive Metronome 360: An in-clinic and at-home delivery model

We are excited to provide you with a deeper look into the IM360 delivery model and how IM and IM-Home can play a vital role in your practice presented by Dr. Douglas Stephey. Dr. Stephey is an Optometrist (who also holds a master’s degree in Education) boasts 20-years as being an IM Provider!  Learn how he has leveraged IM-Home to broaden his reach in his clinical practice.

Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8th, 2020

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Over the past 20 years, many people have helped to shape Interactive Metronome, and this month, we want to showcase some of the women who have worked to understand IM’s efficacy as a therapeutic modality for rehab & therapy professionals around the world!

We’re Excited to Announce the Winner of our IM Pro Basic Package Giveaway! Congratulations Terese Finlay! 

Terese Finlay has been a special education teacher for 20 years. Due to lack of support from her school districts, it's been troubling for her to see her students go without the much needed support, therefore she built her own private practice to help build the gap between home and school, advocate for students and parents at school meetings and/or IEP's, and develop home programs based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), train parents and staff, provide discrete trials teaching home programs, social skills training & Interactive Metronome.

Understanding the Forbrain® Effect

We perceive sound via the audio-vocal loop. Then, we analyze it, assimilate it, and continuously adjust in response to it. This process relies upon auditory discrimination, phonological awareness, and rhythm. Forbrain®, an altered auditory feedback (AAF) device, takes advantage of this audio-vocal loop & heightens a user’s perception of his own voice & speech through bone conduction headphones that are equipped with a high sensitivity microphone. As the user talks into the microphone, a patented electronic dynamic filter blocks out environmental noise & amplifies the user’s voice, enhancing long vowels and other sounds that are the building blocks of language.

Use of the Interactive Metronome in the Rehab Setting

Prior research utilizing kinematic analysis & functional MRI have shown that Interactive Metronome (IM) training facilitates measurable and statistically significant improvements in golf shot accuracy (distance to the pin) and substantial improvement in performance consistency (Sommer &  Rönnqvist, 2009;  Sommer et al., 2014).  In the present study, 20 professional female golfers from the KLPGA participated in a randomized, controlled study comparing the effect of IM training (35-40 min, twice weekly for 6 weeks) to spending more time playing the game of golf (increasing golf playing time by an additional 35-40 min twice weekly for 6 weeks).  The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of IM on swing speed during putting, which was specifically executed at a distance of 2-5m, which has been previously determined to set apart elite golfers who achieve a par or birdie compared to those that demonstrate only about a 10% success rate (Pelz, 2000). Golf putting movements and brain activity were analyzed using Kinovea Software and resting-state functional MRI (fMRI). Performance variability (or consistency) was measured as the standard deviation of mean swing speed (SSD) during 3 sections of the swing: backswing, backswing-impact, and impact-finish.

New Reseach! Published in Human Movement Science!

Prior research utilizing kinematic analysis & functional MRI have shown that Interactive Metronome (IM) training facilitates measurable and statistically significant improvements in golf shot accuracy (distance to the pin) and substantial improvement in performance consistency (Sommer &  Rönnqvist, 2009;  Sommer et al., 2014).  In the present study, 20 professional female golfers from the KLPGA participated in a randomized, controlled study comparing the effect of IM training (35-40 min, twice weekly for 6 weeks) to spending more time playing the game of golf (increasing golf playing time by an additional 35-40 min twice weekly for 6 weeks).  The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of IM on swing speed during putting, which was specifically executed at a distance of 2-5m, which has been previously determined to set apart elite golfers who achieve a par or birdie compared to those that demonstrate only about a 10% success rate (Pelz, 2000). Golf putting movements and brain activity were analyzed using Kinovea Software and resting-state functional MRI (fMRI). Performance variability (or consistency) was measured as the standard deviation of mean swing speed (SSD) during 3 sections of the swing: backswing, backswing-impact, and impact-finish.

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