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The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a research-based training program that helps children and adults overcome attention, memory, and coordination limitations. IM works for people of all ages who have a variety of conditions affecting their cognitive and physical abilities.
These informative courses are FREE and will challenge you to think about the effectiveness & efficiency of the services you provide to your clients. You will learn the importance of addressing underlying deficits in timing & rhythm to improve neural efficiency in order to accelerate and exceed expected outcomes.
Clinical Studies have shown significant improvements in cognitive and physical skills including:
• Attention • Coordination & Balance • Language Processing • Reading & Math Fluency• Sensory Integration • Control of Impulsivity/Aggression
Today, there are more than 30,000+ certified IM providers in over 5,000 clinics, hospitals and universities worldwide. In addition to a wealth of published research, IM has received an abundance of media attention including the CBS Early Show, CNN News, US News and World Report, as well as various segments that have aired on hundreds of TV affiliates, radio stations and national publications.
Interactive Metronome® is approved by AOTA and ASHA to offer continuing education credits for its curriculum. It is our goal to educate professionals and contribute to the most complete functional outcomes of their clients.
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Contact hours are offered pending successful completion of a written exam at the end of the course.
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Free Introductory Online Courses: The Basics
These courses will give you a basic understanding as to how IM could help your client population
Synchronous timing of neural networks is fundamental for cognitive, communicative, sensory, and motor performance in individuals of all ages. Numerous peer reviewed research studies have implicated poor neural timing & synchronization, which manifests as poor auditory-motor timing & rhythm, in Dyslexia and other reading disorders; speech and language disorders; Auditory Processing Disorder; ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorders;Read More
Dr. Lonnie Nelson will present the findings of a recently completed randomized controlled, trial of Interactive Metronome® (IM) therapy in the treatment of persisting cognitive symptoms following blast-related traumatic brain injury in a sample of active duty Soldiers. Soldiers were randomly assigned to receive either standard rehabilitation care, or standard care plus Interactive Metronome® therapy. Initial findings show that IM therapyRead More
This course will introduce participants to temporal processing theory and research. Participants will be guided through basic information pertaining to use of the Interactive Metronome® with infants and children, with special consideration for modifications to content structure, duration and environment. Clinical application and case studies will illustrate application of pediatric best practices within the context of IM treatment for timing and rhythm to enhance overall treatment outcomes.
association for CEUs if they allow you to do so. Please check with your state board/association prior to registering for this course.
The need for ongoing training and education of certified Interactive Metronome® providers for clinical application within adult rehabilitation has been identified. This course introduces the certified IM Provider to research in order to support evidence-based practice, as well as advanced practice guidelines and techniques applicable to adult neuro and ortho clinical populations. Photos will be shared to illustrate best practices.
Free Introductory Online Courses: For Private Practice Owners
These courses will help you understand how IM could work in your practice setting.
Synchronous timing of neural networks is critical for the core skills of motor coordination, attention, working memory, and executive functions that underlie functional coordination to participate and carry out daily activities in people of all ages. Researchers have identified that many of the individuals we see for OT services exhibit impaired neural timing & synchronization, including those diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder,Read More
Synchronous timing of neural networks is critical for the core skills of attention, working memory, processing accuracy/speed, and executive functions that underlie speech, language and cognitive-communicative function in people of all ages. Researchers have identified that many of the individuals we see for SLP services exhibit impaired neural timing & synchronization, including those diagnosed with Dyslexia and other readingRead More
Starting a private practice is challenging, creating a successful private practice is even harder. This course is designed to help the new or established practice owner or manager grow their practice. The presenter will draw upon his experience of incorporating Interactive Metronome® treatment in both Pediatric and Adult private practices. Strategies designed to facilitate greater financial and clinical success will be shared and attendees will leave with new marketing strategies and emerging practice areas that will enhance their practice.
Free Introductory Online Courses: For Educators
Learn how IM can be used in a school setting.
Many Interactive Metronome® Providers work within a variety of school-based settings. For this reason, it is often necessary to vary the set-up and application of IM within this population group. One of the key themes that has arisen when addressing questions for school providers is the need to be creative, flexible and above all, patient in order to get IM up and running in the schools. This course will provide a broad base of knowledge to cover all academic establishments and to give IM providers the tools they need to transition to the next step in Interactive Metronome® use – whether it be related to finding funding, communicating with administration or fine-tuning an already established program. Course material will be in power-point style with easy to use reference lists and learning tools. Photographic examples will be presented to illustrate salient points.
Free Advanced Courses: Private Practice
This presentation will focus on the fundamentals of business planning for clinical success and profitability with IM-Home. It will look at the components of the IM-Home business model, including the target patient population, options for providing training to the patient, how to manage and track costs, how to price the IM-Home, and how to bill, including cash and insurance billing. The presentation will include examples and case studies for a wide variety of clinics and providers.
In this course, Dara Coburn, CCC-SLP, reviews & expands upon her previous presentation, entitled Cueing with Rhythm to Improve SLP Treatment Outcomes. Use of rhythmic cueing is a long-standing best practice in the field of speech-language pathology, its efficacy supported by many research studies. Interactive Metronome (IM) provides a unique application of timing & rhythm by not only providing the stimulus for timing (or the cue), but also feedback for timing at the millisecond level so that the patient can improve mental timing critical for speech, language, and cognitive-communicative abilities. The primary goals of this course are to provide a rationale for integration of this technology into the practice of speech-language pathology and instruction on its clinical application. In particular, this course will cover the application of newer technology (such as the insole trigger) to address rhythmic cueing for cognitive-communicative skills within the milieu of a functional dynamic environment.
Free Advanced Courses: IM-Home
Are you ready to take the next step in your IM training?
Virtual training is a concept of using IM-Home with clients who are not able to see the clinician in person. Virtual clients may have restrictions (such as insurance, transportation, health limitations or location) which prevent them from keeping weekly appointments with the clinician. The concept of Virtual training offers both the clinician and the client ease of use and all the benefits of traditional IM Training.
This course is designed to help IM Providers of all professional disciplines successfully transition clients from Interactive Metronome® (IM) training in the clinic or school setting to training in the home setting with IM Home. Lisa Poe, an experienced IM Provider, IM Instructor, & IM-Home Specialist, will share tips & strategies developed in clinical practice to elicit the most from each client with regard to motivation, compliance & performance in order to achieve optimal results. Lisa will discuss age-specific training considerations, specific tips & motivational strategies, including “tools” that can be found in and around the home to enhance motivation toward training and results. Several photos and videos have been incorporated into this presentation to best illustrate the ideas shared.
Free Advanced Courses: Interdisciplinary
All professionals working in medical/hospital, rehabilitation, skill nursing, assisted-living, and home health settings recognize the important role they each play in preventing falls. Assessing fall risk, modifying the environment for increased safety, patient/caregiver education/training and rehabilitation all contribute to fall prevention. Despite all of the emphasis and effort placed upon fall prevention, it remains a costly problem for most institutions and for patients who suffer from the debilitating effect of falls. The purpose of this course is to introduce an interdisciplinary approach to fall prevention that emphasizes two often-overlooked features of fall prevention: 1) that each professional who encounters the patient is responsible for identifying fall risk and intervening to prevent falls, and 2) how timing in the brain (or temporal processing) is at the heart of fall risk and prevention, including its effect on several systems: musculoskeletal, proprioceptive, oculomotor, vestibular, cognitive and communicative. Practical tips and strategies will be discussed, including how the Interactive Metronome can be incorporated by various professionals into rehabilitation programs to specifically address the root cause of conditions that contribute to increased falling.
The IM Gait Mate is a tool designed to assess and treat an individual’s planning, sequencing, and motor coordination while ambulating. The Gait Mate provides rhythmic auditory stimulation to facilitate improved gait cadence, step length, and walking speed. Guide sounds provide biofeedback to cue the client if they are off the beat. Gait Mate improves motor planning and sequencing by using neuro-sensory and neuro-motor exercises developed to promote neuroplasticity. The purpose of this course is to introduce the benefits of the Interactive Metronome and Gait Mate when treating clients with planning, sequencing, and coordination impairments.
*Please note, Gait Mate is now the IM In-Motion® trigger system.