Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a patented and unique training tool that challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, helping to synchronize the body’s internal clock. IM is used around the world in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, and through independent providers. Pre- and Post-IM changes can be seen on fMRI’s.
IM is suitable for any age or ability level. It is even utilized with babies. Accommodations can be made for those using wheelchairs and walkers.
During the one-hour session, the IM provider will take you through a series of exercises customized specifically for your abilities. Through headphones, you will hear a slow and steady metronome beat. You will be asked to match the beat (54 times per minute). Through the hand and foot sensors your movements will be measured to 1,000th of a second. With each beat you will instantaneously receive visual and auditory feedback prompting you to slow or quicken your responses. Over time, the length of the exercises (within the hour) are gradually increased as is the exercise difficulty level. Auditory and visual distractions are added as appropriate. Every exercise is scored in the computer. A pre-, interim-, and post-assessment is conducted to aid in tracking your progress.
IM training can benefit those with cognitive or neurological challenges. It has been used with clients to manage the following conditions:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Gait Issues
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Limb Amputation
- Balance Disorders
- Functional Decline
- Developmental Disorders
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT
- Focus and Concentration
- Auditory/Visual Processing Speed
- Mental Stamina
- Impulse Control
- Executive Function
- Sensory Processing
- Working Memory
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Motor Planning and Sequencing
- Balance and Coordination
- Academic Performance
- Anger Management
- Reading Comprehension and Speech Fluency
The IM training goal is to take the client to a point where the neurological changes are hard wired and where they have received the bulk of their gains. There are, however, clients who choose to continue IM sessions in order to make further gains.
INTERACTIVE METRONOME® (IM) AND AGING
Be your best so you can more fully enjoy the years to come. Staying safe behind the wheel, reducing fall risk, and improving mental function, are all of great importance as we age. For these reasons, IM is a particularly appropriate form of brain training for those in their retirement years.
INTERACTIVE METRONOME® (IM) AND ADHD
Because IM is effective in improving both focus and concentration and impulse control, it is seen as powerful tool for managing symptoms of ADHD.