Over the past decade strong research has started to emerge that supports the concept of neuroplasticity- the notion that the pathways within the brain can be refined in order to enhance the brain’s learning capabilities.
To be successful in school children need to be able to master skills such as attention, memory, reading, writing, maths, emotional control, behaviour and motor coordination. In order to master these skills the different parts of the brain must be able to work in synchrony.
For many of the children that I see, the pathways that connect crucial areas of the brain are underdeveloped. Let me provide an analogy to help explain this. If you have a high performance car and put in on autobahn it will perform the way that it should, it will be fast and efficient. But if you put that same high performance car on a windy dirt road with pot holes and obstacles the car will not get to its destination efficiently if at all, it may get lost along the way or arrive too late to be of use.
The Interactive Metronome program is offered at Synchrony Occupational Therapy and aims to clear and refine the pathways that connect the different areas of the brain so that messages are sent with speed and efficiency and can then be used to complete functional activities with success and control.
What is Interactive Metronome (IM)?
IM is an assessment and training program that improves attention, concentration, motor planning and sequencing. Improvements in these areas result in more efficient motor control and coordination, enhanced balance, and improved language and cognition.
How Does IM Work?
IM provides a structured, goal-orientated program that challenges the child to synchronise a range of whole body exercises to a precise computer-generated beat. The child attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor movements. IM’s game-like features engage the child with auditory and visual guidance and provide real-time feedback while encouraging them to improve their scores.
What are the Benefits?
IM integrates sight, sound and physical movements to improve:
- Working Memory: The ability to store information and ideas. Memory is essential for word recognition, comprehension of complex sentences and remembering instructions.
- Attention: The ability to focus on tasks and ignore distractions. Vital for classroom performance and learning.
- Processing: The rate at which your child is able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.
- Sequencing: The ability to manipulate and organise information logically and complete tasks in the correct order.
- Motor Coordination: The ability to use purposeful movements in a coordinated manner such as for activities tying shoe laces, riding a bike and handwriting.
Call or email to find out if your child would be eligible for the Interactive Metronome Program.
For further information head to http://www.interactivemetronome.com
-Kate Kleinau, Occupational Therapist
Please feel free to ask questions or give me your feedback.