Rhythmic Movement Training

I am thrilled to share that after years of study, I am now a Rhythmic Movement Training consultant. RMT is used to integrate primitive reflexes that failed to integrate in infancy. Retained primitive reflexes can lead to challenges related to movement, focus, organization, comprehension, emotions, memory and behaviour. We use rhythmic movements to bring about a felt sense of safety in the body and to introduce the movement patterns required to encourage the maturation of the nervous system. I have been privileged to witness wonderful transformations and look forward to seeing many more in the years to come.

Rhythmic Movement Training consultants are licensed through Rhythmic Movement Training International.

Interactive Metronome

What are the top five improvements in children?

The majority of children who complete Interactive Metronome training at Thrive Academy enter the program because they are struggling academically at school. What that looks like is different for each child. As they progress through the training, the top five changes reported by parents and children are as follows:

  1. Homework takes far less time to complete
  2. The child says “I get it” when given lessons in areas of struggle
  3. Physical coordination improves
  4. Articulation improves for those with speech difficulties
  5. The child displays less anxious behaviour

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Timing Issues

Have you ever watched a movie in which the audio and the video were not properly synched? Even a slight glitch in the timing can be incredibly distracting. Even the slightest delay in temporal processing in the brain can be similarly distracting. Imagine these scenarios:

  • You are playing baseball and are up at-bat. You watch the ball coming towards you and get ready to swing. Timing that is too slow or too fast, either in processing the information from your eyes or sending signals to your muscles will result in a swing and a miss.
  • You are engaging in a conversation with friends. The conversation is lively and you are keen to contribute. Your brain takes slightly longer than average to process what your friends are saying, so each time that you try to jump into the conversation at a natural lull, you find that you’ve missed your chance. You are a few beats behind, and someone else is already talking. Your friends assume that you don’t have much to say (or accuse you of constantly interrupting).
  • You are navigating a busy classroom. You are receiving information from your five senses but the sights and sounds are not lining up, You are doing your best to understand what is happening around you, but it feels overwhelming. Your classmates seem perfectly calm, but you feel yourself headed towards another meltdown.
  • Your teacher is giving a lesson about syllables, but it all just sounds like a string of noise to you. Your classmates seem to be able to pick out individual sounds and syllables, but everything is going so fast, you’re not sure how they do it. You wonder if you just aren’t very smart.
  • You are playing soccer and the ball is coming towards you. You pull back your foot and get ready to kick. You’re excited to see if you can score, but somehow you just don’t connect with the ball – it has already passed you when your foot extends.

In all of these cases, we are seeing poor timing in action. In a well functioning brain, messages are sent and received in a synchronized fashion. The science is complex, and the effects of poor timing are substantial for children who struggle at school. It may seem like an unsolvable problem, but there is hope. Interactive Metronome is an evidence-based training and assessment tool that can be used to obtain significant improvements in real-world performance within months. Because timing deficits can affect a variety of brain areas, Interactive Metronome training can result in improvements in a huge number of areas. This is one example of a treatment that sounds too good to be true, but that holds up when tested across many different populations.

Pediatric users have reported improvements in many challenge areas including the following:

  • Academic performance
  • Social interaction
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Attention and concentration
  • Impulse control
  • Working memory
  • Processing speed
  • Auditory and language processing
  • Responsiveness to auditory stimuli
  • Speech and reading fluency
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Balance and coordination
  • Behaviour and self-esteem

It isn’t obvious on the surface, but all of these things come down to timing!

Intensive Interactive Metronome

To achieve lasting brain change with Interactive Metronome, it is necessary to practice intensively and with sufficient repetitions for the brain to learn and retain efficient temporal processing. As such, after an initial assessment, we design a program that is tailored to your child’s interests and that can be completed over a period of several months.


Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises, of varied complexity, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Exercises are done with sand-filled bags and racquetballs, sometimes while standing on a balance board.

Bal-A-Vis-X enables the whole mind-body system to experience the natural symmetrical flow of a pendulum. It requires focused attention, demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching. It is school-friendly and just plain fun.

These fun movements are appropriate for all ages and abilities. Improvements have been seen in academic performance, visual form perception, auditory processing and ocular tracking. Individuals with learning, behavioural and attention challenges have seen improvements in cognitive integration, comprehension, and attention span as well as a decrease in impulsiveness.

Gifted and “regular” students have reported improved academic performance and decreased stress levels. Athletes report higher batting averages and better ball-handling skills. Challenged students are noted to have improved balance, coordination and speech. For all – confidence, self-esteem, and learning retention are enhanced.


No more Zoom fatigue

I’ve noticed an unexpected and very welcome improvement since beginning Interactive Metronome training: I can now complete multiple conference calls, and I no longer get headaches or have to stop to rest between calls. I thought that headaches and exhaustion were just natural side effects of using technologies like Zoom. When I did the initial… Read more “No more Zoom fatigue”

Successful participation in Christmas Concert

Gavin has always had a hard time at school Christmas concerts. Typically he can stay calm in the range of seconds to minutes in that setting. He has never actually performed at a concert. We normally have to leave because his anxiety is too great. One year we forced him to stay for 20 minutes… Read more “Successful participation in Christmas Concert”

Learning to Read

It has been incredible watching my son thrive under the guidance and tutelage from Jessica. Her sessions are the highlight of his week – and his learning curve has been massive. In one session, she figured him out – in terms of how he learns, what will help him thrive, how to set him up… Read more “Learning to Read”

Homework battles are a thing of the past

Jessica has been working with my daughter since late October. My initial goal was to have my daughter start to read in English and to catch up to grade-level expectations in French. Now, at the end of the school year, my daughter is a confident reader in both English and French. My daughter adores Jessica.… Read more “Homework battles are a thing of the past”

Reduced anxiety, motion sickness and sensory sensitivity

Thank you for working with my 12-year-old daughter this year. The seven weeks that she spent training with you were not only enjoyable but highly effective as well. Before working with you she had a very hard time in highly stimulating environments such as concerts, movies and restaurants.  Not to mention severe motion sickness! The… Read more “Reduced anxiety, motion sickness and sensory sensitivity”