Both children and adults with learning and developmental challenges can benefit from Interactive Metronome (IM), a brain and neurology treatment tool that has shown promise as a system for assessing and measuring improvements in such patients. Interactive Metronome not only helps therapists identify the difficulties that their patients exhibit, but aids them in helping their patients live better lives.
Optimization of sequencing and motor timing
By optimizing sequencing and motor timing, Interactive Metronome teaches patients to synchronize hand and foot motions to the rhythmic beat of a computer. Because there is a real time auditory feedback for the patient, distractions are kept to a bare minimum and this helps the patient focus and improve in a number of ways including building endurance and allowing their brain to reach a relaxed state so it can send more accurate messages to their body.
Fun for the patient
Designed to be more of an audio-visual game than a treatment modality, the patient remains motivated and strives to improve their abilities with each successive session. The fact that IM therapy becomes an enjoyable challenge rather than a labored therapy is one of the keys to its success.
Many patients can benefit from this new treatment
With a focus on patients exhibiting problems with motor planning and sequencing, IM can also help children with developmental and learning disabilities such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Interactive Metronome can also help stroke patients or those with traumatic brain Injury or incomplete spinal cord injury. There is also evidence that IM can benefit children and adults with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or balance disorders. Further, conditions like ADD/ADHD, brain function disorders, or problems with planning and sequencing can also benefit from IM.
How does Interactive Metronome help?
Many patients experience improved processing of language, better attention and concentration and improved motor control and coordination. In some cases, improvement is seen in both musical and athletic performance, and control of aggression and undesirable impulses. IM has shown promise in treating:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Developmental Delays/Learning Disabilities
- Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) or Stroke
- Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Problems with Balance/Gait disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
The Interactive Metronome program is also known to:
- Cause an increase in attention span
- Improve academic skills including reading and math
- Improve performance on standardized assessments
- Improve social behavior
- Aid in developing positive classroom skills
Interactive Metronome in the media
Interactive Metronome has been mentioned in the US News and World Report, CNN, the CBS Early Show as well as a number of radio and television outlets. Currently, IM is being used in over 2,000 clinics, hospitals and universities worldwide.
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you (or someone you know), by using Interactive Metronome, give us a call in Tampa 813.254.5200 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this innovative and breakthrough procedure.