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Interactive Metronome (IM) is an assessment and treatment tool used by therapists and other professionals who work with pediatric and adult patients with neurological conditions that affect cognitive and motor functioning. IM provides an objective method for measuring deficits and for tracking improvement.
IM is an evidence-based, engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery. IM is used to improve attention, coordination, language processing, reading and math fluency and impulse and aggression control.
By addressing timing in the brain with Interactive Metronome (IM) alongside functional therapy interventions you are not only addressing areas of ability that impact achievement and independence but also the heart of the problem, that of deficient neural timing within and between regions of the brain that are underlying many of the problems you are working on in therapy. This leads to more efficient treatment and better overall treatment outcomes.
IM takes therapy to a new level. Rather than simply performing repetitive movement or cognitive activities to achieve functional gains, therapists that incorporate IM into functional therapy activities report their patients are more engaged, more alert, complete far more repetitions of functional movement patterns and activities in a more precise and timely manner, and demonstrate faster progress toward cognitive, communicative, and physical therapy goals. Patients who are challenged and can see measurable improvements are more motivated to continue their therapy and achieve optimal success.
For links and more information on Interactive Metronome, visit their website at www.interactivemetronome.com.
Who Can Benefit?
IM is beneficial for most neurological conditions. Here are some of the most common:
- Apraxia & Dyspraxia
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Brain Injury
- Brain Tumor (Following Surgery or Chemotherapy)
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Dyslexia & Other Reading Disorders
- Language-Learning Disabled
- Limb Amputation
- Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
- Sensory Processing Disorder