Interactive Metronome

What is the Interactive Metronome?

The Interactive Metronome program is a precise, systematic and highly effective neuro-motor timing training program appropriate for children and adults. It is used by coaches, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other professionals to strengthen the neuro-motor timing system.

Why are you talking about the Interactive Metronome and neuro-motor timing when what you offer is coaching?

We have all heard the saying, “timing is everything!” While perhaps not everything, research in the last decade has confirmed the importance of timing in everyday life, and its correlation with measures of attention and intelligence.

Many clients want to improve their executive functioning skills.  If you have issues with focusing your attention or other aspects of executive functioning, the Interactive Metronome program may help you. Studies indicate that by strengthening neuro-motor timing, measures of attention and intelligence are strengthened. The Interactive Metronome is a tool that improves executive functioning by improving neuro-motor timing skills.

How do I know whether I will benefit?

You can take the Interactive Metronome assessment, and that will show whether your rhythm and timing skills are the the normal range. There are studies that demonstrate a variety of benefits to both adults and children in a variety of domains. The Interactive Metronome company provides a research packet containing many of these studies. This can help you decide if the Interactive Metronome is right for you.

Do I have to come to your office to complete the program?

You can come to my office, or you can purchase the Interactive Metronome home program. I will assist you in implementing the program.

How long does it take to complete the program?

An adult whose IM Long Form Assessment scores are in the average to below average range before beginning the program can usually complete the program in 12 to 15 sessions.  For individuals who demonstrate more severe motor deficiencies, the program can take much longer.

What happens during a session?

During each session, the student wears headphones and a hand or and or foot sensor  taps to the beat using a variety of hand and foot movements.  The system measures accuracy in milliseconds and provides feedback through stereo headphones that indicates how close or far from the beat they are, and whether they are early or late. This continuous feedback coupled with automatic difficulty settings that provide continuous challenge enable significant improvement in neuro-motor timing as well as concentration and  focus. In turn, these skills transfer to athletics, music, academics, and support optimal living for people of all ages.