Interactive MetronomeŽ is a therapeutic modality aimed at improving motor planning, sequencing, timing and other behavioral / neurological processes that are essential for good attention and learning. Interactive metronome is a computer based, interactive technological version of a traditional metronome used in music. The method uses tapping motions to develop control over one's body and mind. It can be helpful to individuals who have specific challenges with motor planning, timing, rhythm, concentration or over activity. Studies have shown that IM is especially helpful for those who have difficulty focusing, attending and concentrating in school. It has also been successfully used by coaches and athletic trainers to assist individuals want to improve at sports. Interactive Metronome (IM) is a cutting-edge neurological assessment and treatment tool that is redefining traditional expectations for pediatric and adult therapy outcomes. Interactive Metronome is one treatment modality for which there are efficacy studies demonstrating its effectiveness.
The IMŽ program involves repeated hand, toe, and heel exercises as well as weight shifting, and bilateral lower extremity coordination. These exercises are performed during therapy visits and are increasingly varied and extended so that most patients are able to perform thousands of repetitions. Since the treatment provides engaging feedback and requires a high level of concentration, it provides the patient an opportunity to maintain a level of endurance not typically reached with other repetitive exercises. Interactive MetronomeŽ is recommended to be provided 5 days a week for 3 weeks, 1 hour each day. It is most successful with children who follow verbal/visual cues, have fair attention and can tolerate the specified treatment regime.
Because IMŽ works on the core brain functions of motor planning and sequencing, it is being used successfully by occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech therapists to enhance traditional therapy approaches, achieving measurably improved outcomes. Published research shows that improving rhythmicity and timing through Interactive MetronomeŽ (IM) may also result in significant improvements in the development of cognitive and physical skills that are important for performance in many areas, which include but are not limited to, attention and concentration, motor planning and sequencing, behavior (aggression and impulsivity), language processing, balance and gait, endurance, strength, motor skills, coordination, bilateral coordination, sensory processing and activities of daily living (ADLs).
IMŽ can result in or contribute to improvements in: