The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and treatment tool developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, and sequencing. This, in turn, strengthens motor skills, including mobility and gross motor function, and many fundamental cognitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language.
The IM provides a structured, goal-oriented training process that challenges the patient to precisely match a computer generated beat. Patients are instructed to synchronize various hand and foot exercises to a reference tone heard through headphones or speakers. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions such as tapping his/her toes on a floor sensor mat or hand clapping while wearing the IM glove with the palm trigger.
A patented audio or audio/visual guidance system provides immediate feedback. The difference between the patient’s performance and the computer generated beat is measured in milliseconds. The computerized score indicates timing accuracy.
More than a decade of clinical research and case studies on IM demonstrates that gains in motor planning, rhythmicity, timing, and sequencing lead to improvements in:
Attention and concentration
Behavior (Aggression and Impulsivity)
Fine / Gross motor skills
Balance and Gait
Strength and endurance