The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a brain based rehabilitation, assessment and training program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect ATTENTION, MOTOR PLANNING, and SEQUENCING. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such and planning, organizing and language.
The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented training process that challenges the patient to precisely match a computer generated beat. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions such as tapping his/her toes on a floor sensor mat or clapping while wearing a hand trigger.
Who can benefit?
Individuals with motor planning and sequencing problems, speech, and language delays, motor and sensory disorders, learning deficits, and various cognitive and physical difficulties may benefit from the IM program. Adult and pediatric patient who have benefited from IM include those with:
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Aspergers Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Non-verbal Learning Disorder
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Language Processing
- Behavior (Aggressive & Impulsivity)
- Attention & Concentration
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Stroke Victims
- Balance Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A double blind, placebo-controlled study of 9-12 year old boys diagnosed with ADHD found those who complete the IM program showed significant patterns of improvement in attention, coordination, and control of aggression/impulsivity, reading and language processing. This study was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2001.
Timing in Child Development Study
A correlation study of 585 children in the public school district found significant correlations between IM score and academic performance in reading, mathematics, language, science, social studies, and study skills. This suggests that timing and rhythmicity play a foundational role in the cognitive processes underlying performance in these academic areas. The results were published in the High/Scope Foundation, a prestigious, non-profit educational research institution.
Today, there are more the 2,500 certified IM providers in over 1700 clinics, hospitals, and universities throughout the US and Canada.
Our program blends IM and other brain-based therapies in concert with individual nutritional protocols to address the underlying neurometabolic problems associated with ADHD and other conditions listed throughout this site. We have helped hundreds of individuals through the use of IM.
If you are interested in learning more about how IM and other treatments can benefit you or your child please contact our office for an appointment at 925-829-8484 to reserve your consultation time.
To learn more about interactive metronome visit www.interactivemetronome.com website.