The Interactive Metronome® (IM) is a therapeutic assessment and training program
that improves attention, concentration, motor planning and sequencing. Improvements
in those areas result in stronger motor control and coordination, enhanced balance
and gait, and improved language and cognition. 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.
IM is used by over 15,000 providers in hospitals and clinics throughout the United
States and Canada. Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist
and other professionals use the IM to accelerate therapy outcomes and exceed traditional
How Does IM Work?
The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented training process that challenges
the client to synchronize a range of whole body exercises to a precise computer-generated
beat. The client’s attempt to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor movements.
IM’s game-like features engage the patient with auditory and visual guidance and
provide real-time feedback while encouraging him/her to improve their scores.
IM training is used by professional athletes in the NFL, NHL, NLL, PGA, and by professional
tennis players. Schools have provided IM training to their players to improve overall
performance and skill. Parent’s have used it to help give their child that extra
competitive edge in sports as well in school.
IM integrates sight, sound and physical movements to improve:
The ability to store information and ideas. Memory is essential for word recognition,
comprehension of complex sentences and remembering instructions.
The ability to focus on information tasks and ignore distractions.
The rate at which you are able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.
The placing of detailed information in its accustomed order for example: days of
the week, scheduling appointments, the alphabet or baking cookies.
The combination of purposeful body movements working together, as in tying a shoe,
hand writing, getting dressed, exercising or riding a bicycle.
Who Can Benefit?
Adults and children with motor and sensory disorders, learning disorders, speech
and language delays, and learning deficits and various cognitive and physical difficulties
can benefit from IM.
Balance & Gate Disorders
Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVI)
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Low Endurance and Stamina
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Elite & Professional Athletes (Such as Baseball, Football, Golf, Softball, Tennis
and any other sports where focus and timing are important).
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It takes approximately fifteen 30 minute to one hour sessions (four to five weeks),
longer for those with more serious disabilities. For best results this program needs
to be done a minimum of 2-3 times a week. We do offer the IM-Home program that allows
our client to receive this program from the comfort of their own home or come to
our office just once a week. For more information on this program, click on the IM
Home Tab. There is no homework, and for most the gains are long term. The program
includes pre-, interim-, and post-IM computerized measurements of achievement.