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ADHD Test: Interactive Metronome

Learning disorders are not the only co-morbid conditions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Because parts of their brain are weaker than expected, children who suffer from ADHD often experience motor coordination difficulties, problems with planning and sequencing skills, and sensory integration problems. Every aspect of human activity requires motor sequencing and planning, from the coordination needed to walk to the syntax of words in a sentence.  While these coordination problems are often detected by observing your child’s behavior, one of the most recent and effective ways to assess problems related to motor planning is by means of an Interactive Metronome.

Interactive Metronome is actually a sound-based therapy used to help children with learning disabilities and developmental disorders, but it also has a diagnostic aspect that assesses coordination, motor skills, and auditory processing.  During the initial clinical evaluation, a child will be made to undergo tests that measure auditory processing skills, sound processing skills, hearing function, and vocal ability.  Balance, coordination, and stability tests are also performed to see if the child experiences difficulties with limb movements like batting a baseball and jump-turning. 

In a basic Interactive Metronome evaluation session, the child is equipped with hands and feet sensors. He must perform a series of repetitive hand and feet movements to the beat of a metronome. His goal is to synchronize his or her movements to the sound of the metronome. The Interactive Metronome measures the delay between the beat and the child’s movement ,and scores it according to performance. The score allows us to know how the child is doing compared to other children his or her age.

Today, there are many physical therapists, occupational therapists, neurologists, and chiropractors who use the Interactive Metronome to treat ADHD and many other learning disorders.  For more information, or to find an Interactive Metronome provider near you, visit