Interactive Metronome

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Interactive Metronome (IM) is a neuro-motor therapy leader that has changed clinical expectations by assisting patients in reaching greater functional gains in a shorter period of time. Over 15,000 Medical Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Education Professionals are Interactive Metronome Certified (IMC).

Interactive Metronome was developed in the early 1990s and immediately proved of great benefit to children diagnosed with learning and developmental disorders. Backed by years of clinical research and supported by prominent medical leaders in the industry, IM soon gained national attention as a breakthrough intervention to help those patients increase attention & concentration, motor control & coordination, language processing and control of impulsivity.

Interactive Metronome's application is so broad because it measures and improves motor planning and sequencing, a critical part of the central nervous system.

Overview

IM is an assessment and treatment tool used in therapy to improve the neurological processes of motor planning, sequencing and processing.

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
  • Progressively improve coordinated performance.

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 audio or audio and visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided.

Today, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Educators, Athletic Trainers, Licensed Rehabilitation Medical and Mental Health Professionals Neurologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Chiropractic Care Professionals are enhancing traditional therapy approaches with IM and achieving measurably improved outcomes. IM has been shown to improve:

  • Attention & Concentration
  • Motor Planning & Sequencing
  • Language Processing
  • Behavior (Aggression &; Impulsivity)
  • Balance and Gait
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Motor Skills
  • Coordination

Today, there are more than 15,000 certified IM providers in over 5,000 clinics, hospitals and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Each day our community of providers continues to grow.

IM has received an abundance of media recognition including the CBS Early Show, CNN News, US News and World Report, as well as various segments that have aired on hundreds of TV affiliates, radio stations and national publications.

Interactive Metronome CEU credits are now offered throughout the United States. It is our goal to educate therapists and contribute to the functional rehabilitation of their patients.

See also Therapeutic Listening®, Therapy/Family Services, Therapeutic Play Interactions™ and Feeding Group & Specialty Workshops.