Interactive Metronome (IM)

Guest Author, Melody Maney, MS, OTR/L

Watching your child grow and their skills become more fine-tuned is an exciting time! They go from placing cubes into a shape sorter to completing mathematical equations in school and playing soccer in the yard. Wow, isn’t development exciting?! Isn’t the wiring in our brain so fascinating?!

As children reach grade school, the processing speed becomes highly efficient. However, sometimes the areas of the brain that work together to process information take longer to become precise and efficient. This may be due to slower processing speeds, difficulty with organizing thought patterns, motor coordination, or cognitive endurance.

Interactive Metronome (IM) is an evidence-based intervention tool used to improve neurological timing and synchronization of neural networks. In other words, IM helps the connections of the brain to work more efficiently together, improving the efficiency of executive functions and working memory. By improving efficiency in executive functions and working memory, cognitive processing for learning.

How does IM work?

Interactive metronome is a computerized software program designed to improve timing, sequencing, and coordination by synchronizing continuous arm or foot movements to a rhythmical beat. The computerized tool provides immediate visual and auditory feedback to help the player make adjustments to improve their overall timing and coordination. The software includes movement sensor triggers and headphones that provide feedback to the program based on the player’s actions.

IM is a fun way to improve neurological timing to foster growth in academics, coordination, sports activities, posture, motor planning, and sensory processing.

Who benefits from IM?

IM has been shown to be beneficial for individuals who may have difficulties with sensory processing, auditory processing, motor coordination, impulsiveness, attention, timing, and executive functioning skills.
Specifically, IM has shown to be beneficial for adults and children with diagnosis ranging from autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, stroke and sensory processing disorder.

Below is a sample of IM in action: