Interactive Metronome Therapy

Interactive Metronome Therapy

Interactive Metronome

The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program that directly improves the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, and sequencing. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language. Several of the benefits include improvement in attention and concentration, language processing, behavior (aggression and impulsivity), motor control and coordination, and academic performance.

This evidence-based approach works by getting patients to synchronize various body movements and exercises to a specific beat. It is generally done sitting at a computer using interactive, gamified software and music, and includes over 20 different engaging games for children. Games cover fun children’s topics including sports and music.

Interactive Metronome Therapy is often used by a range of healthcare professionals, including neurologists, psychologists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists, among others. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions in both children and adults. Pediatric conditions that IM can help include Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorders, Cerebral Palsy, speech and language issues, ADHD, and other learning disabilities. In adults, it can be used to treat stroke patients, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other neurological conditions.

Interactive Metronome Therapy

What to Expect From Us

Step 1: Scheduling a Baseline Evaluation Appointment

The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a brain- based rehabilitation assessment and training program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning and sequencing. In order to begin the service, we will verify eligibility by checking the diagnosis for the potential patient. Once that is complete, we will be able to schedule the Baseline measures session. During the baseline session we completed a Long Form Assessment (LFA), an integrated visual and auditory (IVA) assessment and other measures tailored to the concerns of the patient. These tests are painless, and the technician will be with the patient at all times. The data is then processed and analyzed, then converted to a report the doctor will use to create a treatment protocol/program.

Step 2: Review Consult with Doctor and Scheduling Frequency

The Front Desk team will schedule the Consultation with the doctor to discuss results. Typically, this is done about a week after the baseline measures to allow time for processing. During this session the provider will go over results, and if appropriate will recommend a program and a frequency of training. A certified interactive metronome therapist conducts the weekly treatment while a neuropsychologist oversees protocol and treatment programs.

Who can benefit from Interactive Metronome Therapy?

Interactive Metronome is beneficial for both children and adults. In children, it is often helpful for the following conditions:

  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy

In adults, Interactive Metronome can be used to help with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia

What are the benefits of Interactive Metronome Therapy?

  • Attention and Concentration
  • Language Processing
  • Behavior (Aggression and Impulsivity)
  • Motor Control and Coordination
  • Academic Performance

Frequently Asked Questions

How often is treatment? How long will the patient be in treatment?

The clinical standard for treatment is about one 1-hour session a week, the average treatment period can vary between 20-60 hours depending on the patient.

What if I miss a session?
We do our best to coordinate schedules with any other services you may receive at our practice. As a result, the client’s evaluator may not be the client’s ongoing therapist. You will be notified of this during scheduling. Please let us know of any preference while we are scheduling!
Is this treatment covered by my insurance?
While we have had luck with most in network insurances, we cannot guarantee coverage as all plans are different. We check insurance as a curtesy. Often the best way to get this information is to call your insurance through the patient line found on your insurance card. We strongly encourage patients to get proof of coverage in written format from their insurance company. Any unpaid claims will be transferred to patient responsibly.
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