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 reading disorders, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Aphasia associated with stroke and acquired brain injury, cognitive-communicative impairments associated with acquired brain injury, and cognitive and motor planning/sequencing impairments seen in Parkinson’s disease. This course will introduce you to a patented, non-invasive biometric technology, called the Interactive Metronome, that is specifically designed to help you objectively evaluate and treat this underlying impairment in timing & rhythm in order to achieve better SLP treatment outcomes.
Course created on May 21, 2014
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the impact of neural network timing & synchronization on speech, language, and cognitive-communicative abilities.
- After this course, participants will be able to list five diagnoses commonly seen in SLP clinical practice that scientists have associated with impaired neural network timing & synchronization.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe critical differences between a standard metronome or music and the Interactive Metronome on treatment outcomes with regard to speech, language, and cognitive-communicative abilities.
- After this course, participants will be able to briefly explain the effect of synchronized metronome tapping on domain-general versus domain-specific learning mechanisms.
- After this course, participants will be able to list additional resources to help make evidence-based clinical decisions about incorporating treatment for timing & rhythm into speech-language pathology practice
|0-5 Minutes||Introduction and Overview|
|5-10 Minutes||Neural Network Timing & Synchronization: Relevance to SLP Practice|
|10-20 Minutes||Interactive Metronome: Overview & Demonstration of Biometric Technology to Measure & Improve Neural Timing & Synchronization|
|20-45 Minutes||Evidence-Based Practice: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD); Developmental Disorders, ADHD & Academic Achievement; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Aphasia|
|45-50 Minutes||How & Why Does Synchronized Metronome Tapping Work? Effect on Domain-General versus Domain – Specific Learning Mechanisms|
|50-55 Minutes||Candidacy for Timing & Rhythm Intervention, Dosage & Insurance Reimbursement|
|55-60 Minutes||Conclusion; Q&A|
Amy Vega, MS, CCC-SLP
Amy Vega, MS, CCC-SLP received her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida in 1994 and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech Language & Hearing Association (ASHA). In clinical practice, she specialized in adolescent and adult rehabilitation for patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumor & and other disease processes that affect communication, cognition, and behavior. She currently serves as Director of both the Clinical Education Department and the Clinical Advisory Board for Interactive Metronome, Inc. and is their Continuing Education Administrator. She provides clinical support to Interactive Metronome (IM) providers globally, serves as Editor in Chief for IM’s clinical publications, develops IM certification & training materials, and is the master-trainer for IM certification instructors.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented in cooperation with Interactive Metronome, Inc.
Content Disclosure: Because there are no other like-kind products available, this course will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of Interactive Metronome technology in SLP practice.
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