Interactive Metronome Therapy (IM)

Individuals with developmental disorders have a deficit in the time of brain functioning. Our brain functions as a kind of internal clock (temporal synchronization) that maintains the time in intervals of hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds and microseconds for better functioning. This internal clock helps us to focus, to determine when we should rest and wake up, to remember information, to coordinate our movements, to be alert to noises and other stimuli, to understand what we read and to process what we hear.

Scientists have found that when we do any activity, from talking to clapping, many parts of our brain work synchronously, in a perfect time, to be able to execute even what seems very simple. If the brain can not maintain the internal clock, the various parts of the clock can not be synchronized to work properly. As a result of this problem, general functioning will be affected, in areas such as attention, reading, writing, math, dancing, talking, walking or playing sports.

Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy uses a metronome to develop or improve temporal synchronization or the internal clock of the brain for improved performance enhancing the academic, sensory, communication and social skills of the individual.

What is Interactive Metronome (IM) Therapy?

The Interactive Metronome (IM) is an innovative new technology, backed by scientific research, using a computer that emits a sound at rhythmic intervals, while the patient makes some movements with the extremities of his body (hands and feet) in synchronization. Over time, the listening sound is re-training the brain to a more efficient way.

Only certified and trained professionals can design the treatment for each individual, according to their diagnosis and their needs.

How is this therapy administered?

To administer IM therapy, a computer is used that presents a video game-like image, headphones through which the individual hears the sound, a trigger button in the hand and a type of electronic pad for the feet. In IM therapy, the individual should reproduce the tempo of the sound by clapping or tapping the feet on the electronic pad in synchronization with it. The IM challenges the brain, thought and movement simultaneously, thus providing a real-time input of milliseconds to help synchronize the brain's internal clock.

How long does the Interactive Metronome (IM) treatment last?

The treatment lasts for 10 weeks. It is offered two to three times a week to complete the recommended sessions. The treatment is taken only once.

What diagnoses can benefit from Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy?

  • Individuals with attention deficit disorder
  • Learning problems
  • Dyslexia
  • Sensory Problems
  • Motor Problems
  • Auditory Processing
  • Autism
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

What skills depend on good synchronization or temporal processing of the brain?

  • Attention and processing of all information
  • Memory
  • Speech and language skills
  • Reading
  • All learning processes
  • Self-regulation and other complex executive functions
  • Sensory processing
  • Writing
  • Motor coordination
  • Balance

The Interactive Metronome (IM) works with the root of the problem to help to better functions in all areas of an individual's performance by transforming the way the brain works.