TECHNOLOGY

Interactive Metronome®

The Interactive Metronome (IM)® is an advanced training tool for rehabilitation planning, organization, language, cognition and motor skills for children, teenagers and adults. The IM is based on extensive studies on the functioning of the brain ‘s internal clock. This clock is responsible, for example, detecting from where a sound comes, as a sound generally arrives earlier to one ear than to the other. The Interactive Metronome trains this internal clock to plan and coordinate optimally. Adding IM to conventional therapies adds precision and planning to cognitive exercises or any exercise that requires repetitive movements. Therapists who have incorporated the IM to their therapies confirm that their patients are more involved, more alert and perform better when doing tests, and therefore progress faster towards therapeutic goals.

How does it work?

The patient repeatedly hears a sound and needs to press a switch at the exact moment he/she hears each sound. On a screen the performance can be seen and the patient can determine whether to go slower or faster. The therapist can set up an indefinite number of exercises using this basic principle that improve the precision and planning of movements. The MI helps to improve attention and concentration, motor and sequential planning, language processing, balance and rhythm.

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Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a very powerful tool for training the brain’s ability to regulate itself. Neurofeedback sessions are performed under the supervision of a therapist. Some electrodes are placed on two specific points on the scalp to catch the wave signals emitted by the brain in those areas. The electrodes pick up information and are sent to the computer, which is connected to a screen where the patient gets a reward each time the pattern of brain waves in the two zones approaches the target pattern. This treatment is harmless as it is the person who is trying to adapt his/her brain to the screen in order to get the rewards and it is not the electrodes making changes.

Scientific studies have shown that in cases of attention deficit (ADD/ADHD) Neurofeedback therapy may offer similar results as pharmaceutical treatment with methylphenidate (but with no side effects). Neurofeedback can also be effective in the following cases:

  • Autism (TEA )
  • Bed wetting
  • Sleep disturbance (Insomnia, sleepwalking, nightmares, etc … )
  • Bruxism
  • Migraine
  • Depression
  • Seizures

People who want to be the best in their field (musicians, athletes, executives) can get better performance by training with Neurofeedback.

For the elderly, regular use of Neurofeedback can reinforce good brain function, independent of the current state of the brain.

Almost any brain can be trained for better performance.