Interactive Metronome®, or IM, is a neurologically based assessment and treatment tool designed to improve both motor planning and sequencing skills. When looking at our daily lives, motor planning and sequencing play a crucial role in our every move. From climbing up a set of stairs to organizing the words in a sentence, motor planning and sequencing are there!
Through the utilization of IM, the client participates in neurosensory and neuromotor exercises designed to improve the brains processing abilities through the concept of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to our brains ability to reorganize neural pathways as a result of experience.
Developed during the early 1990’s, IM requires the user to coordinate and synchronize a series of hand and foot exercises to a computer-generated reference tone. Listened to through headphones, the user strives to match the rhythmic beat of the metronome with repetitive rhythmical motor actions.
IM® was first developed to improve the skills of children with learning and developmental disorders such as:
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Non-verbal Learning Disorder
As research and knowledge continued to evolve, IM® became widely utilized across a variety of new populations including traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, IM® addresses the following skills:
- Focus and attend
- Control impulsivity
- Filter out internal and external distractions
- Language processing
- Academic performance
So, who else has caught the IM® bug to develop and refine their skills and abilities?
- Miami Dolphins
- Miami Heat
- Florida Panthers
- PGA golfers
- Syracuse University Lacrosse team
We are proud to include Interactive Metronome assessment and treatment as part of our repertoire of services. Please contact us for more information.