Interactive Metronome

Interactive Metronome

TheraPLACE is pleased to offer Interactive Metronome (IM) services provided by a certified therapist with a speciality certification in IM Pediatric Best Practices. Interactive Metronome is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, and sequencing. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language.

Motor planning and sequencing are central to human activity. From the coordinated movements needed to dress oneself to the order of words in a sentence, planning and sequencing are critical to efficient human function. Difficulties in these areas are linked with a variety of developmental, behavioral, and learning challenges.

 

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How Does IM Work?

The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented training process that challenges users to precisely match a computer generated beat. Participants are instructed to synchronize various hand and foot exercises to a reference tone heard through headphones. The user attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions such as tapping his/her toes on a floor sensor mat or hand clapping. A patented audio or audio visual guidance system provides immediate feedback. The difference between the performance and the computer generated beat is measured in milliseconds. The score provided indicates timing accuracy. Once patients are engaged, the feedback features of the IM are introduced and they begin taking steps towards improving:

  • Attention
  • Balance
  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills
  • Motor Planning & Sequencing
  • Sequencing for ADLs & IADLs
  • Self-Monitoring & Self-Control
  • Sensory Integration

Kids do this?

IM is game-like, engaging and motivating users while providing constant feedback at the millisecond level to promote synchronized timing in the brain. Rather than simply performing repetitive movement or cognitive activities to achieve functional gains, our therapists can incorporate IM into functional therapy activities.

Who can benefit?

IM benefits most neurological conditions. Some of the common ones include:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Apraxia/Dyspraxia
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Dyslexia and Other Reading Disorders
  • Language-Learning Disorders
  • Limb Amputation
  • Non-verbal Learning Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy

Children and young adults don't need a medical diagnosis to benefit from IM.
Studies show that IM helps typically developing students achieve accelerated reading outcomes, math fluency and calculation skills, and mental processing speeds in typically developing middle and high school students. Think improved testing skills

Benefits

More than a decade of clinical research on IM demonstrates gains in motor planning and sequencing lead to improvements in:

  • Academic Performance
  • Attention & Concentration
  • Behavior (aggression and impulsivity)
  • Language Processing
  • Motor Control & Coordination

IM integrates sight, sound, and physical movements to improve:

  • Attention - The ability to focus on information tasks and ignore distractions.
  • Working Memory - The temporary storage and manipulation of the information necessary for such complex cognitive tasks as language comprehension, learning, and reasoning.
  • Processing - The rate at which you are able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.
  • Sequencing - The placing or doing of detailed information or tasks in their accustomed order.
  • Motor Coordination - The combination of purposeful body movements working together, as in tying a shoe, handwriting, or riding a bike.

This and additional information can be found on Interactive Metronome's website.