SPACE COAST

INTERACTIVE METRONOME

The Alternative Treatment for ADHD, ADD Autism, Post-stroke, PTSD, TBI and Overall Brain Performance

Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Melbourne and Viera.

-Focus - Achieve - Attain-
- Accomplish-
Schedule an appointment
Today!
321-783-1960
  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Google+ - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
Home  |  About IM  |  Personalized Treatment  |  Students  |  ADHD  |  Autism  |  PTSD  |  Diet

The Interactive Metronome (IM) has been

shown to help children with motor planning

and sequencing challenges. Many children

diagnosed with developmental and learning

disorders, including Autism Spectrum

Disorder (ASD), evidence significant motor

planning and sequencing problems. This

advanced brain-based treatment program was

developed to improve the processing abilities

that affect attention, motor planning and

sequencing. This, in turn, strengthens motor

skills, including fine and gross motor function,

mobility, and many fundamental cognitive

capacities such as planning, organizing and

language.

Therapists and physicians understand the cor-

relation between the neurological functions of

motor planning and sequencing and the criti-

cal aspects of human development, such as

basic thinking, organizing, language processing, academic achievement, and coordination.

When a child or adult demonstrates a deficit

in motor planning and sequencing, it is typi-

cally accompanied by problems in learning,

coordination, or behavioral control.

Prior to the development of Interactive

Metronome, Inc. (IM), therapists were able to

identify patients with these difficulties, but

there was no system for measurable assess-

ment and improvement. Today we know how

to measure a child’s motor planning and

sequencing abilities, and we can show functional improvements in a short period of time.

According to Stanley I. Greenspan, MD, Chair

of the Scientific

Advisory Board of the Interactive Metronome and a noted child psychiatrist, the Interactive Metronome (IM) may

benefit children with motor planning and

sequencing challenges and, therefore, should

be considered as part of a comprehensive pro-

gram for children with developmental, learning, and attention problems that involve this

underlying difficulty, such as Autism Spectrum

Disorder, and who are able to collaborate in

the IM training program. The reason for this is

that IM training focuses on and improves

rhythmicity and timing—critical foundations

in learning to plan and sequence actions and

thoughts.

Parents of Children with Autism - Testimonials

About Autism: Treatment by Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome (IM) provides a pathway to target the different deficiencies encountered with autistic children and adults alike. By incorporating rhythm, motor development, and timing, into a dynamic and creative training session IM users focus their skills and abilities to develop those that are deficient like: communication, social interaction, coordination, and attention. The most important thing is that through IM-Home, the "at-home" version of Interactive Metronome, patients can continue to work on their development and are not limited by a single session appointment

Sharon Hensel-Cohen is an industry leading speech and language pathologist. In this video parents of children with autism spectrum disorder reflect on the results of 'The Interactive Metronome' implemented at the clinic of Sharon Hensel-Cohen and Associates.

Our Team

Dr. Steve Alukonis, DC, DABCO

Certified Interactive Metronome Provider. Pediatric, Adult and Gate Certified.

Jenn Albers CHC, FMP, CGC

Certified Interactive Metronome Provider. Pediatric, Adult and Gate Certified.

Over the course of the treatment, patients

learn to:

 

  • Focus and attend for longer periods of time

  • Increase physical endurance and stamina

  • Filter out internal and external distractions

  • Improve fine and gross motor function

  • Improve their ability to monitor mental and

  • physical actions as they are occurring

  • Progressively improve performance.

 

Mizuki,a 10-year-old boy, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He showed strong signs of being overly sensitive to touch and sound. He would panic at the sound of the vacuum

cleaner or blender. Rather than speaking, Mizuki would only make noises. Over the next few years, Mizuki participated in a

variety of therapies to improve auditory processing, language and sensory processing issues.

When Mizuki began attending school he had a hard time reading out loud and he could not write properly. His spoken language consisted almost exclusively of echolalia (parroting)

and he could not give an answer when questioned. Mizuki could not tell right from left and could not even do the simplest of addition problems.

At age 8, when Mizuki was brought to IMprove in Yokohama, Japan, he began to use Interactive Metronome (IM). IM provides a structured, goal-oriented process that challenges the patient to synchronize whole-body exercises to a precise

computer-generated reference beat. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions. An auditory-visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided. Mizuki’s initial IM score was 157 milliseconds indicating a timing

deficiency. He loved the IM and willingly cooperated with the IM Provider’s directives.

IM was instrumental in helping Mizuki communicate more normally and hold eye contact. After his second session, his fine motor skills showed improvement. His handwriting is becoming legible and he is doing math at grade level. His balance has improved and he runs more smoothly than before.

He can even ride his bicycle in standing position now. After 15 IM sessions Mizuki’s post IM score was an amazing 26 milliseconds! His mother purchased an IM-Home unit, which allowed him to do Interactive Metronome in the comfort of their own home. Over the course of two years, Mizuki completed over 55 IM-training sessions. Mizuki’s development has brought him from being classified as

autistic to “a slow developer” or having a “learning disability”. Mizuki is a much more relaxed boy. It is as if he were a totally

different person than he used to be. His mother intends to continue to use the IM-Home with him every 6 months.

Thomas Burkard B.Ed.

IMprove-Japan

Yokohama, Japan

Interactive Metronome | Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Merritt Island, Melbourne.