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Interactive Metronome®

Interactive Metronome (IM) is the only research-based technology program that uses interactive [and fun!] exercises, and a patented auditory guidance system to measure and improve one's rhythm and timing. By improving this fundamental ability, the individual learns to plan, sequence and process information more effectively.

Motor planning and sequencing problems have been linked to various developmental, behavioral, and learning challenges. Clinical studies suggest that technologies aimed at improving these capacities can produce functional outcomes.

ADHD Study
A double-blind, placebo controlled study of 9 to 12 year old boys diagnosed with ADHD found those undergoing the Interactive Metronome training program showed significant patterns of improvement in attention, coordination, control of aggression/impulsivity, reading and language processing. This study was published in the March/April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Motor Control Study
A comparison of IM-trained special education students to a control group showed that the IM-trained group improved significantly in both motor control and motor coordination as evaluated by independent measures, Bruininks-Oseretsky and SIPT Motor Accuracy Test. Parents of the IM-trained group also reported marked improvement in their children's ability to attend to tasks, read, and write as well as in their general behavior (Stemmer, P.M. (1996). Improving Student Motor Integration by Use of an Interactive Metronome. This is a study paper presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Educational.)

Motor & Cognition Study
In the double blind IM Training 'effect' study that appeared in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, boys with ADHD, who received the IM intervention, were compared with a control group receiving no intervention and a second control group receiving a placebo computer based intervention. The IM intervention group showed statistically significant improvements over both control groups in areas of attention, motor control, language processing and reading, and in their ability to regulate aggression.

Interactive Metronome is a neurological and motor rehabilitation program used by therapists to improve:

Cognitive Deficits

  • Attention & Concentration
  • Motor Planning & Sequencing
  • Language Processing
  • Behavior (Aggression & Impulsivity)

Physical Deficits

  • Balance & Gait
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Motor Skills
  • Coordination

Adult and pediatric patients who may experience positive results from IM include those with:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD)
  • Balance Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Limb Amputation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
  • and other mild to moderate disabilities
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SIRRI is authorized to provide the Interactive Metronome (IM) Program.
Above information is copyright ©1993-2004 Interactive Metronome - used with permission. Interactive Metronome is a registered trademark.

 


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