Research supports the concept of neuroplasticity –that pathways within the brain can be refined in order to enhance the brain’s learning capabilities. Our Interactive Metronome Program is an evidence-based program that encourages neurological changes.
To be successful in school, children need to be able to master skills for attention, memory, reading, writing, maths, emotional control (behaviour) and motor coordination. Many parts of the brain must work in synchrony to successfully fulfil these tasks. For many children, the pathways that connect these crucial areas of the brain are underdeveloped.
The Interactive Metronome Program 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. In the Interactive Metronome Program, the child hears a metronome beat through headphones. The child will have electronic triggers (hand triggers and foot plates) that are activated in time with the beat. Every time the child completes the movement, they are provided with visual and auditory feedback to adjust their accuracy. This process is completed through fun and motivating activities for the child’s motivation. The Interactive Metronome Program includes extreme repetition in its program in order to make lasting neural connections and the equivalent of superhighways in the brain.
The outcome of these neuroplastic changes is improved:
- attention and behaviour
- balance and coordination
- gross and fine motor skills
- sequencing and organisational skills
- auditory and language processing
- reading and math achievement