TALK Institute and School has been seeing remarkable results using a therapeutic intervention called Interactive Metronome.
What is IM?
The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a therapeutic assessment and training program that improves attention, concentration, motor planning and sequencing. Improvements in those areas result in stronger motor control and coordination, enhanced balance and gait, and improved language and cognition.
How does IM work?
IM provides a structured, goal-oriented program that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of whole body exercises to a precise computer-generated beat. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor movements. IM’s game-like features engage the patient with auditory and visual guidance and provide real-time feedback while encouraging him/her to improve their scores.
What are the benefits?
- Working Memory
The ability to store information and ideas. Memory is essential for word recognition, comprehension of complex sentences and remembering instructions.
The ability to focus on information tasks and ignore distractions.
The rate at which your child is able to accurately perceive and manipulate information.
The placing of detailed information in its accustomed order, for example: days of the week, the alphabet or long division.
- Motor Coordination
The combination of purposeful body movements working together, as in tying a shoe, hand writing or riding a bicycle.
Who can benefit?
Children with motor and sensory disorders, learning deficits, speech and language delays,and various cognitive and physical difficulties can benefit from IM.