What is IM? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

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 congnitive capacities such as planning, organizing, and language.

What Does It 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 toa 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.

Benefits

More than a decade of clinical research and case studies on IM demonstrates that gains in motor planning, rhythmicity, timing and sequencing lead to improvements in...

  • Attention and Concentration
  • Language Processing
  • Behavior (Aggression & Impulsivity)
  • Fine/Gross Motor Skills
  • Balance & Gait
  • Strength & Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Motor Skills for Independent Living
  • Independence with Prosthetic Limbs
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