What Is Interactive Metronome?
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.
Sheri Friedman is a Certified Provider for Interactive Metronome. For more information or to set up a consultation to see if Interactive Metronome can support you or your child, contact Sheri.
How Does Interactive Metronome Work?
IM provides a structured, goal-oriented program that challenges the client to synchronize a range of whole body exercises to a precise computer-generated beat. The client attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor movements. IM’s game-like features engage the participant with auditory and visual guidance and provide real-time feedback while encouraging him/her to improve their scores.
Who Can Benefit From Interactive Metronome?
Children with motor and sensory disorders, learning deficits, speech and language delays, and various cognitive and physical difficulties can benefit from IM. This includes students and adults with stuttering, Sensory Processing/Sensory Integration Disorders, ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Non Verbal Learning Disorder, Autism Spectrum and Cerebral Palsy.
Adults diagnosed with a wide variety of conditions benefit from using IM. This includes those with ADHD/ADD, MS, Parkinson’s, brain injury, brain tumor (following surgery or chemotherapy), limb amputation, stroke and spinal cord injury.
The program can also be used for enhancement of cognitive, athletic, and musical performance, leading to improvement in general brain fitness, academics, musical enhancement, sports performance and career advancement.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Interactive Metronome?
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 the client is able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.
Sequencing – The placing of detailed information in its accustomed order, for example: days of the week, the alphabet or long division.
Motor Coordination – The combination of purposeful body movements working together, as in tying a shoe, handwriting or riding a bicycle.