What Is IM?
The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a brain-based rehabilitation assessment and training program 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.
How Does IM Work?
The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented training process that challenges the patient to precisely match a computer generated beat. Participants are instructed to synchronize various hand and foot exercises to a reference tone heard through headphones. 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 an IM glove with palm trigger.
A patented audio or audio and visual guidance system provides immediate feedback. The difference between the patient’s performance and the computer generated beat is measured in milliseconds. The score provided indicates timing accuracy.
Who Can Benefit?
Individuals with, motor planning and sequencing problems, speech and language delays, motor and sensory disorders, learning disabilities, and various cognitive and physical deficits may benefit from the IM program. Adult and pediatric patients who have benefited from IM include those with:
- Dementia and Alzhiemers Disease
- Attention and Concentration
- Language Processing
- Behavior (Aggression and Impulsivity)
- Motor Control and Coordination
- Academic Performance
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Asberger Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)
- Balance Disorders
- Limb Amputation
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
- Decline in Function
- Developmental Disorders
Rachel has seen great success with this treatment. After about 8-10 sessions, Rachel has had children and adolescents tell her that they feel like they are not “dumb” anymore. One parent asked her why her son’s handwriting was suddenly legible and his essays more organized. Rachel has seen noteable transformations in college students and adults who report now knowing how “normal” people think.
Rachel was informed by two patients with dementia that their neuropsychologists assessed that they had made significant progress in memory, organization of thoughts and concentration. These patient’s families also reported noticeable improvement in their day to day functioning.
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