By Interactive Metronome, Bricole Reincke - January 25, 2012
As diagnoses of Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, and ADD are on the rise in the clinical setting, many parents are struggling to understand these conditions, and simultaneously searching for tools to provide their children with the best possible future.
Fortunately, more is being learned about how these conditions affect the brain, thus new therapies are being developed that can help children overcome many of their challenges. It is now understood that when internal timing in the brain is disrupted due to condition like ADHD or autism, the development and maintenance of cognition, behavior, social, and motor function is also disrupted. Anew therapy called Interactive Metronome (IM) is designed to improve the brain’s internal timing by helping users match a computer’s rhythm as part of a game-like system. Once accessible only in therapy clinics, this system is now available for home use with IM-Home (imhome.org).
Lisa Poe, owner and founder of A Focused Brain, LLC, has brought IM therapy to the Jackson area. Poe is one of a number of therapists who has begun using this system across the country with children diagnosed with ADHD and autism, as well as adults struggling with the physical effects of stroke and Parkinson’s. In the brain timing is everything- and IM provides an opportunity for users to hone the brain’s internal clock to improve cognitive, behavioral, social, and motor skills.