Special Report: The Interactive Metronome (IM) and ADHD
National Time Management Month is celebrated during February each year. February is the perfect month to focus on time management skills with your clients. Time management is not as complex or difficult as it seems. When children learn time management early in life, they tend to do so for the rest of their lives. Time management in students helps them achieve their academic and recreational goals. It also teaches them to be independent and productive.
Children diagnosed with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have difficulty staying on task and staying organized, all of which can make time management challenging. This is because of the way the brain tends to process things when a person is living with ADHD.
Interactive Metronome Featured on The Brainvolts Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory Website
Dr. Nina Kraus leads a diverse team of researchers and clinicians at The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (Brainvolts) as they investigate the way brains process sounds, finding that auditory ability is a strong indicator of brain health.
Brainvolts has discovered how to measure the biology of auditory processing with unprecedented precision. Together they extend science beyond the laboratory to schools, community centers, and clinics.
Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, the Brainvolts team advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy.
As seen on ADDitudeMag.com – Rhythm Notion: 10 Benefits of Music for ADHD Brains
The benefits of music are wide-ranging and well documented. From teaching empathy and improving memory and concentration, to helping track time and easing emotions, music can change the life of a child with ADHD. Here, learn how lyrics, rhythm, melody, and tempo work their magic.
Latest Research: How Rhythmic Skills Relate and Develop in School-Age Children
In this first study of its kind, Bonacina et al. provide evidence for how rhythmic skills interconnect and develop in school-age children. Of particular interest is the finding that children who clapped to a beat during the Interactive Metronome (IM) condition, while receiving feedback for millisecond timing, demonstrated the least variability in their synchronization and performed better on all of the other rhythm activities evaluated. Rhythm is complicated, there are several rhythm intelligences, and IM alone impacts all of the vital rhythms that are so important to the development of language and literacy.
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.
NEW STUDY IN PRESS! CLAPPING IN TIME PARALLELS LITERACY & CALLS UPON OVERLAPPING NEURAL MECHANISMS IN EARLY READER
“Clapping in time parallels literacy and calls upon overlapping neural mechanisms in early readers” was just accepted by the Ann NY Acad Sci. The data are a strong endorsement of[...]
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[...]
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®.
IM Featured in the News: Train the Brain
With such astonishing outcomes, like those gained from IM training, its no surprise that many of our Providers end up featured in the news! We are excited to share that Kate Ortman, founder and CEO of Brain Training of Maryland, is featured in "Her Mind Magazine" this month. Ortman is no stranger to the media either, she has been featured numerous times discussing IM and her training methodologies at her Maryland clinic.
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!