There are so many products out there that are aimed at improving attention, concentration, focus, etc. I have come upon advertisements for different gaming systems every time I go online: the possibilities can become overwhelming!
One night, a few weeks ago, I came upon one particular product, Brain Beat, that mentioned the concept of Interactive Metronome in its description: a method of treatment that has been proven to be extremy effective at addressing difficulties with attention. I delved deeper into the research behind and supporting this product.
Brain Beat utilizes timing along with body movement, combining this activity with fun computer-based games that need to be mastered. The player wears a glove, fitted with a sensor, paired with headphones, and receives visual feedback as to how they did in terms of timing. The program is comprised of 14 sessions total. Each session takes approximately 20 minutes, and the program developers recommend that the child complete 2-3 sessions per week (no more than 1 session per day). They state that sessions do not have to be completed consecutively, as this can run the risk of ‘burn out’. After the child completes all 14 sessions, they can go on a ‘Maintenance Program’. For example, they may want to utilize the ‘Free Play’ mode for approximately 5-10 minutes in the morning before a big test, or for a few minutes before homework, in order to improve overall focus.
Well, I tried this out for our first session today. I loved the concept behind the program, and saw the combination of utilizing biofeedback, in conjunction with the actual activity of matching body movements to the metronome. Both my seven-year old and almost-six-year old were able to adjust their movements according to the visual feedback on the screen. The games were engaging and creative. While getting the timing to match the green light was more difficult than anticipated, my children were having too much fun to become frustrated.
As to overall, long-term effects? Time will tell. From a therapeutic lens, this product has many components that focus on attention in a therapeutic and effective way. At this point, I can’t attest to therapeutic functional outcomes.
As a full-time working mom, this is definitely a program that I can easily implement into our beyond hectic lives, so I will check in with you all later on that point. Excited to keep this going!
To find out for more information, you can check out their website: http://www.brainbeat.com
Have a great week, and happy holidays! You can check out my post that talks about a guide for gifts, broken down into different skills. While it was original written in 2013, I updated it for current items for this year. Wishing you all good health and happiness. 😊
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary Brain Beat system, but this does not, in any way, influence the outcomes or content of my review.