Interactive Metronome, often referred to as IM, is an assessment and treatment tool used in therapy to improve the neurological processes of motor planning, sequencing, and processing. In our clinics, both occupational therapists and speech-language pathologist may be certified to use the interactive metronome as a strategy to address goals in a client’s treatment plans. Typically, a child attends a session at least 2 times weekly for 3 to 6 months, depending on how long it takes for them to move through the treatment sequence.
Interactive Metronome provides a structured, goal-oriented program, the goal being to teach the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. The client attempts to match a rhythmic beat, which is typically introduced via headphones, with repetitive motor actions. The auditory-visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, yielding a score for the activity
Outcomes of treatment may be increased:
- ability to focus and attend for longer periods of time
- Physical endurance and stamina
- Ability to filter out internal and external distractions
- Ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring
- Improvement in coordinated performance.
By visiting www.interactivemetronome.com, you can learn how IM can help children with sensory integration dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, CAPD, attention and motor impairments among other challenges a child might face.
If you have any questions, we would be happy to have an Interactive Metronome certified professional contact you to provide more information based on your child’s individual needs. Interactive Metronome is available in the Plano and Frisco Clinic locations. Summer is a great time to focus on IM!
Much of this information is from the Interactive Metronome website www.interactivemetronome.com