What is Interactive metronome?
About Interactive metronome
Interactive Metronome® is a computer-based therapy that improves motor planning, timing and sequencing, all of which are considered fundamental capacities for learning and performance. The one-minute assessment uses headphones, hand and foot sensors to determine how closely a participant responds to computer-generated musical beats. An IM training program may be beneficial to children who score outside of the normal range.
Over 1,500 clinics, hospitals, therapists and educational specialists throughout the United States offer IM training to address ADHD and a wide range of other disabilities. National media – CNN, CBS, U.S. News & World Report and others – are reporting on this therapeutic technology and non-drug alternative for ADHD.
During training, this innovative, patented, auditory therapy progressively challenges participants to improve their motor planning, timing and sequencing. Like training wheels on a bicycle, the guide sounds instantaneously provide feedback on the accuracy of each movement and encourage improvement.
The importance of Neural timing
Children with ADHD have been shown to have issues with timing and concentration. Their ability to hold attention is affected by under development of the Right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an important part of the brain dealing with sustained focussed attention.
The interactive metronome helps by creating better timing between different parts of the brain, and building up focus and attention.
Backed by Harvard Medical School research
"It is noteworthy that training with Brain Balance / Interactive Metronome, in this open study, appeared to have clinical, behavioral and neurobiological effects on par with pharmacological treatment. This is very encouraging as we believe that the ultimate goal in psychiatry is to develop non-pharmacological treatments for psychiatric disorders that exert enduring beneficial effects."