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Interactive Metronome
The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a computer-based training program shown to improve attention, coordination and timing in children and adults with a wide range of cognitive and physical difficulties including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Attention, coordination and timing difficulties have been linked to developmental, behavioral and learning problems. This innovative program provides a non-invasive way to stimulate learning and development.

How it works

The program typically involves 15 one-hour sessions over a 3 to 5 week period. During each session, the computer produces a rhythmic beat through headphones. As the participant listens, he/she must anticipate the beat and perform various hand and foot exercises for a high number of repetitions. Auditory guide tones provide immediate feedback, letting the participant know if the response was on time, early or late.

The difference between the participants’ response and the actual beat is measured in milliseconds and presented as a score. A lower IM score indicates improved accuracy and timing. Research has clearly shown that the brain learns through repetition of precise activities. By keeping the beat, the brain is trained to plan, sequence and process information more effectively.
Benefits of IM

The March/April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy identified five core areas of statistically significant improvements gained through the IM training program:

  • Attention and Focus
  • Motor Control and Coordination
  • Language Processing
  • Reading and Math Fluency
  • Ability to Regulate Aggression / Impulsivity

Other studies have shown significant correlations between Interactive Metronome and academic achievement in mathematics, language, reading and attention to task. The IM program has also proven to be a powerful tool for improving both the physical and mental aspects of athletic performance.