We all remember metronomes from our childhood piano lessons. Now, a computerized version called the interactive metronome is sounding the beat that could make life a lot better for children with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Hundreds of Metro ADD students take Ritalin to help with concentration. And several of them want off the drug because of the side effects including lethargy.
A new, non-traditional therapy being offered at Health South is being used.
By listening to a series of beats, the child is asked to clap their hands or tape their feet exactly on the beat. A laptop computer then measures accuracy.
Developers call it interactive metronome therapy or training the brain.
Trainers say it creates new pathways in the brain in the frontal lobe area for the motor planning and sequencing and the rhythmicity and the timing, which carries over into attention and focus.
Dr. Jeffrey Lewine, a neuroscientist at K.U. Medical Center's Hogland Brain Imaging Center says unfortunately, there is very limited scientific data available about Interactive Metronome Training.
To find out if Interactive Metronome Training is available in your area, got to http://www.interactivemetronome.com/Locator/ and type in your zip code.