What is IM?

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 clinical outcomes.

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:

Working Memory

The ability to store information and ideas.  Memory is essential for word recognition, comprehension of complex sentences and remembering instructions.

Attention

The ability to focus on information tasks and ignore distractions.

Processing

The rate at which you are able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.

Sequencing

The placing of detailed information in its accustomed order for example: days of the week, scheduling appointments, the alphabet or baking cookies.

Motor Coordination

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.

ADHD

Alzheimer  

Autism

Balance & Gate Disorders

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVI)

Developmental Disorders

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Functional Decline

Low Endurance and Stamina

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Parkinson’s

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.

Are there studies?

Absolutely!  Check out each specific section on this web site or you can go to URL: http://interactivemetronome.com  or URL: http://imhome.org

In addition you can find plenty of case studies and new stories on the use of this program.  Be sure to watch some of these news stores!

Click on specific tabs to get more information, see case studies and news reports on IM.

 Why Wait?

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