Interactive Metronome® (IM)
Interactive Metronome is a computer-based, neuro-motor therapy program designed to help improve motor planning, sequencing, and processing. IM has been shown to improve attention, coordination and timing, and provides a non-invasive way to stimulate learning and development. We use IM in our Maximum Achievement Program℠ (MAP) for assessment of a patient's condition as well as for a tool for treatment.
Backed by nearly a decade of research and development, IM strengthens mind/muscle connections through a series of training exercises that are physically interactive to keep patients engaged. Patients are challenged to synchronize foot and hand motions to a computer-generated rhythmic beat. Using IM, we can objectively measure a patient's ability to stay on the “beat." Based on this measurement, we can identify timing deficiencies and their severity. By improving the mind/muscle connections, it helps our patients to plan better, become more organized, focused and coordinated.
A double blind, placebo controlled study found those undergoing IM training showed significant improvements in the following areas:
- Motor Control/Coordination
- Language Processing
- Reading Fluency
- Control of Aggression
For more reading on Interactive Metronome visit http://www.interactivemetronome.com/impublic/case_studies.aspx.