Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome (IM) is an evidence-based training and assessment tool. Interactive Metronome is used to improve cognition, attention, focus, visual working memory and visual processing speed.

In order to learn, a child must be able to filter out distractions, retain information in working memory, and process that information efficiently. 

Studies have shown Interactive Metronome to improve:

  • Attention and concentration
  • Control of impulsivity
  • Working memory
  • Processing Speed


Interactive Metronome Explained

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Interactive Metronome combines the principles of a traditional, musical metronome with computerized precision to create engaging interactive therapy. Its patented auditory guidance system with visual feedback progressively challenges participants to improve their visual motor planning, sequencing, and timing.

As Cincinnati Children’s Hospital explains:

Interactive Metronome (IM) is a program in which an individual uses headphones, a computer screen, and a rhythmic beat to perform a variety of exercises while trying to stay on this beat.

Research has shown that Interactive Metronome can help children improve their concentration and coordination as well as language skills and academic achievements. A recent study showed that following Interactive Metronome therapy children with ADHD had better attention, motor planning, language processing, reading comprehension and control of aggression.

The study, as detailed by the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, also concluded:

Bartscherer & Dole conducted a study in which they examined the effects of a 7-week IM training on 9-year-old boys with attention and motor coordination deficits. The study found that the training program had a positive effect across a range of measures, including timing accuracy, balance, response speed, visual motor coordination, upper limb speed, and agility.

In summary, children who can synchronize most consistently, with the least variability in timing and rhythm, demonstrate more advanced neurophysiological responses linked with language skills. Performing the auditory-motor synchronization with visual feedback for millisecond timing (Interactive Metronome) was linked with several literacy skills, including: Processing speed, phonological processing, word reading, spelling, morphology, and syntax.

If you suspect visual working memory and processing speed deficits may be a barrier to academic performance and your child reaching their full potential, please give us a call to schedule an Interactive Metronome Assessment. 


Why Choose Advanced Vision Therapy Center?

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Our licensed therapists are trained, IM certified, and have extensive experience helping patients with a wide range of diagnoses. The Interactive Metronome (IM) program is customized to meet each patient's specific needs.

In everyday life, children see positive results in:

  • Academic performance
  • Organizational skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Social interaction
  • Who can benefit from Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy?
  • There are a number of diagnoses that can benefit from IM therapy, including:
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Dyslexia and other reading disorders

To schedule an assessment for your child, please call our office (208) 377-1310.

Posted by Advanced Vision Therapy Center at 9/30/2021 2:31:00 PM
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