The Interactive Metronome* (IM)is a computer-based training program that has been shown to improve attention, coordination and timing for individuals with sensory processing difficulties.
People who may benefit from use of the IM include children and adults with attention deficit disorders, motor planning problems, poor coordination, post-stroke or traumatic brain injury issues, gross and fine-motor concerns, and some learning and language disorders. IM can also be used as a mechanism to enhance academic performance and aid in a wide range of cognitive difficulties. The IM combines principles of the music metronome with the power of a computer to precisely measure and improve human performance. It is the only research-based technology program that uses interactive exercises and a patented auditory guidance system to measure and improve one’s rhythm and timing. By improving this fundamental ability, the individual learns to plan, sequence and process information more effectively.
The IM works by using special head-phones and hand and foot sensors to measure how closely a participant responds to the computer generated beat. Participants are challenged to synchronize a hand and foot movements with a tone heard through headphones. Audio and visual feedback signals participants about their performance. IM provides a non-invasive way to stimulate learning and motor development.
Interactive Metronome training typically consists of 15 one-hour sessions, usually three-five times per week. We can assist with this frequency by providing home units for training. The trainee progresses through a series of exercises to systematically improve their timing, focus and concentration to lower their IM scores. The IM training can be adjusted and utilized with additional techniques to address concerns in individual therapy sessions. We are licensed IM-Home Providers.
* Interactive Metronome is a registered trademark.
Sophia receives OT 1x/week for Sensory Processing Disorder at C.T.S. with Erin. She has gone from low tone upper body to climbing a rope ladder and rock wall! She is also able to walk in a figure 8 which she could never do because of poor motor planning. The confidence she has gained has also improved her speech and eye contact. Sophia also started EEG Neurofeedback. Her pre-school teachers have commented on her progress in reading and following instructions. I am excited to see the results EEG will have on her in a year.
- Gwen - Daughter, 4 y/o