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Breaking the Language Barrier: Interactive Metronome® Training Enhances Adolescent’s Language Skills – A Preliminary Study

Published in Contemporary Issues In Communication Science and Disorders


Pediatric, Academic Performance, Language & Literacy Skills, Speech

This study focused on the impact of Interactive Metronome (IM) training on the expressive and receptive language skills of a 13-year-old female diagnosed with a Language Learning Disorder (LLD).

After participating in 15 sessions of IM training, lasting 50 minutes each, the subject demonstrated significant improvements in her language skills.

Her performance on the Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test (EOWPVT) advanced from a standard score (SS) of 93 to 124 and her age equivalence (AE) increased from 11 years, 4 months to more than 19 years.

On the Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS), her SS improved from 86 to 99, and her AE rose from 9 years, 6 months to 12 years, 9 months.

The post-assessments were carried out one month after the completion of IM training.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

A Preliminary Study of the Effects of Interactive Metronome® Training on the Language Skills of an Adolescent Female with a Language Learning Disorder

AUTHORS: Jessica J. Sabado & Donald R. Fuller

YEAR: 2008


An adolescent female diagnosed with LLD demonstrated substantial improvement in language skills following Interactive Metronome (IM) training.


  • n=1 13 year old female with diagnosis of LLD
  • participated in 15 sessions of IM training, 50 min each (no other language interventions where provided during the study)
  • pre-post assessments:
    • Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test (EOWPVT)
      • pre: SS 93, PR 66, AE 11 years, 4 months
      • post: SS 124, PR 95, AE >19 years
    •  Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS)
      • pre: SS 86, PR 18, AE 9 years, 6 months
      • post: SS 99, PR 47, AE 12 years, 9 months
    •  Post assessments were conducted 1 month following cessation of IM training

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