Adults diagnosed with a wide variety of conditions benefit from using Interactive Metronome and there is no need for them to struggle daily with their careers and personal lives. Upon completion of the program, most adults report a decrease in anxiety and depression, increased energy, alertness and motivation and this makes for an improved quality of life!
IM is being used more and more for adults who want to improve poor reading, language and writing abilities that have developed over time or due to learning difficulties. Many, some unknowingly, battle with poor executive function such as planning, organizing, strategising, paying attention, remembering details, and managing time and space. The benefits can be life-changing for those dealing with: ADD/ADHD, Poor Executive Function, Time management and/or The Regulation of frustration and anger.
Although IM was initially developed to facilitate learning and attention in children, researchers/clinicians realised the potential of it also facilitating neuro-muscular control in adults. This is especially true for patients suffering from neurological and orthopaedic conditions. IM, used in conjunction with traditional multi-disciplinary treatment, is now an accepted standard of care in many international outpatient clinics, rehabilitation rooms, retirement homes and assisted living centres. Conditions include: Brain Injury (TBI), Balance Disorders, Limb Amputation and Stroke Recovery
The success of IM occurs as it integrates sight, sound and physical movements to improve:
- Working Memory: This is the ability to store information and ideas. Memory is essential for word recognition, comprehension of complex sentences and remembering instructions.
- Attention: The ability to focus on information tasks and ignore distractions.
- Processing: The rate at which a person is able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.
- Sequencing: The placing of detailed information in its accustomed order, for example: days of the week, scheduling appointments and simple mental arithmetic.
- Motor Coordination: The combination of purposeful body movements working together, as in exercising, hand writing or fall risk reduction