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.
We had our son who is two evaluated because of behavior issues that were not age appropriate and were causing such damage to our family life. We heard this term “Sensory Integration” and couldn’t believe what we were being told. As a family we decided to explore this type of therapy and figured what could it hurt. We was so unhappy and angry, we were willing to try anything except medication! In three months we have been amazed at the transformation in our son, he is happy, calm, plays independently and socially he plays so well with other children. It has brought us together as a family, the blame of “you’re a stay at home mom, why is his behavior so bad” has stopped. We know how to help him when he needs it. Our time here has changed our life on the most positive ways.
- Gavin - Son, 3 y/o