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Interactive Metronome® OnDemand Certification & Coaching Course

presented by April Christopherson, OTR/L

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This course contains information created solely by Interactive Metronome. MedBridge hosts this course as a benefit to its clients.

Financial Disclosure(s): April Christopherson is the author of course materials that focus on the clinical application of Interactive Metronome technology, for which she has received honoraria from Interactive Metronome, Inc. She does not receive royalties or any other form of compensation for the continued publication and use of educational materials she has authored. April is also an instructor for Interactive Metronome, for which she receives a fee for teaching each course and reimbursement of travel expenses from Interactive Metronome, Inc. April does not sell or receive compensation for the sale of Interactive Metronome products.

Nonfinancial Disclosure(s): April periodically contributes blog posts to that are clinical in nature. She does not receive compensation for this. April uses the Interactive Metronome in clinical practice at MaxAchieve, Inc.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The ability to synchronize motor movements with a steady auditory beat is fundamental for academic performance & the development and rehabilitation of cognitive, communicative, sensory, & motor skills. Published studies have consistently demonstrated the direct link between auditory-motor synchronization and temporal processing, or the coordinated communication between critical neural networks involved in attention, auditory & phonological processing, reading fluency & comprehension, cognitive speed, working memory, executive functions, and fine/gross motor coordination. Many of these studies have implicated poor timing & rhythm in individuals with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, Aphasia, Parkinson's, Schizophrenia, and other neurological conditions. Interactive Metronome(R) (IM) is a highly effective and engaging assessment & training tool that uniquely combines the concept of a musical metronome with a computer-based, patented software program to precisely measure & train a person's timing & rhythm in order to improve performance at home, school, work & play. Join us for this stimulating on-demand certification course that includes an in-depth discussion of the evidence and rationale for use of IM as it relates to students and patients encountered in academic and therapy settings. Participants will complete 8 certification coaching modules delivered in rich video format with supplemental readings and direct, hands-on training for use of the Interactive Metronome technology. Completion of this course leads to full Interactive Metronome Certification and contact hours (pending successful completion of a written exam following each module).

Meet Your Instructor

April Christopherson, OTR/L

April Christopherson, OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years and has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings - including home health, private clinic and in-patient rehabilitation. She is the owner of MaxAchieve, Inc. in Colorado Springs, CO where her current clientele range from pediatrics to adults to high performance…

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1. IM Module 1

Rationale & empirical evidence for incorporating a rhythm & timing intervention in the remediation of articulation & phonological speech disorders, language & cognitive-linguistic disorders.

2. IM Module 2

Setting up hardware and software for patient use. Setting up the treatment environment for patient needs & comfort to facilitate optimal outcomes. Navigating software controls to deliver IM training in a hierarchical fashion.

3. IM Module 3

Implementation of IM assessments & how they complement standardized & functional speech-language & cognitive-linguistic assessments. Interpretation of IM assessment scores and how they relate to function. Labs encourage learning & critical thinking.

4. IM Module 4

Establishing functional & measurable goals for remediation of speech-language & cognitive-linguistic disorders using an established hierarchy and strategies for clinical troubleshooting. Emphasis on patient selection, auditory-motor synchronization without feedback, providing cues and assistance to the patient to facilitate progress, & ongoing assessment. Labs encourage learning & critical thinking.

5. IM Module 5

Evaluating when to advance to include auditory-visual feedback for timing & rhythm (a skill linked to speech, language & literacy skills in peer reviewed research), continued emphasis on auditory-motor synchronization, providing cues and assistance to the patient to facilitate better timing, & ongoing assessment. Labs encourage learning & critical thinking.

6. IM Module 6

Recognizing when to wean from cues & assistance, when to introduce additional cognitive load (i.e., games), & how/when to adjust IM training settings to facilitate further improvement in timing & rhythm. Labs encourage learning & critical thinking.

7. IM Module 7

Generalizing basic timing skills to improve timing, rhythm & praxis in order to facilitate neural synchronization, & more efficient use of cognitive resources for communication and learning. Labs encourage learning & critical thinking.

8. IM Module 8

Accessing, selecting & interpreting IM reports to demonstrate patient progress. Communicating with 3rd party payors regarding service delivery when IM training is included. Billing for services using appropriate CPT codes. Labs encourage learning & critical thinking.

9. IM Module 9

Set-up and use of IM Portable Pro Unit (PPU) to facilitate bedside training for clients with reduced stamina, schedule constraints, or cognitive/physical limitations. This module is not included in the CEU calculation for this course.

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