Interactive Metronome Therapy
Interactive Metronome (IM) was developed in the early 1990s and is used to help children with learning and developmental disorders as well as adult neuro rehabilitation patients. IM is a neuro-motor assessment & treatment tool used in therapy to improve the neurological processes of motor planning and sequencing.
"Motor planning and sequencing are central to human activity."
From the coordinated movements needed to walk, to the order of words in a sentence, planning and sequencing are critical to efficient human function. Interactive Metronome (IM) is the only therapy tool that improves motor planning and sequencing by using neuro-sensory and neuro-motor exercises developed to improve the brain's inherent ability to repair or remodel itself through a process called neuroplasticity.
What is it....
The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented process that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions. A patented auditory-visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided.
Over the course of the treatment, patients learn to:
- Focus and attend for longer periods of time .
- Increase physical endurance and stamina.
- Filter out internal and external distractions
- Improve ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring
- Agressively improve coordinated performance
Who can benefit from IM
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Non-verbal Learning Disorder
- Balance Disorders