The Interactive metronome (IM) is a computer based technology that enables individuals to directly exercise and improve the processes of motor planning and sequencing. Motor planning and sequencing problems are commonly part of a variety of developmental and learning challenges, including dyspraxia and other motor problems, language difficulties, attentional challenges, different types of cognitive problems and a range of sensory integration challenges.
How does IM work?
The IM is a Pc-based interactive system based on the traditional music metronome. Hand and foot sensors are used to objectively measure a user’s planning and sequencing performance during a variety of tapping exercises. The program analyzes exactly when in time each tap occurs in relation to the reference beat and instantaneously transposes this timing information into special sounds that are heard in headphone and the taps are occurring. Like training wheels on a bicycle, the sounds are used by the individual to more accurately synchronize the tap with the steady metronome beat.
What improvements are seen with IM?
Documented studies have indicated improvements in the areas of attention, motor control, coordination, language processing, reading, academic achievement, and the ability to regulate aggression. Over the course of the treatment, patients learn to:
- Focus and attend for longer periods of time
- Increase physical endurance and stamina
- Filter out internal and external distractions
- Improve ability to monitor mental and physical actions as they are occurring
- Progressively improve coordinated performance.
Such patients include:
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Non-verbal Learning Disorder
- Balance Disorders
- Limb Amputation
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
***Information obtained from the Interactive metronome a promotional brochure. Additional Information may be obtained at www.interactivemetronome.com.