Little Hands On

Occupational Therapy


We are so excited to be adding the

Interactive Metronome

to our practice here at Little HOOT!

Interactive Metronome® (IM) is an evidence-based assessment and training tool that measures & improves Neurotiming, or the synchronization of neural impulses within key brain networks for cognitive, communicative, sensory & motor performance. As the individual activates a trigger in time with a steady auditory beat, IM technology provides real-time auditory and visual feedback for millisecond timing. Knowing whether he is hitting before, after, or exactly in sync with the beat to the millisecond allows the individual to make immediate, corrections to improve timing & rhythm over the course of training.

Precise timing is responsible for a stellar athletic performance, or a group of musicians making a perfect melody or it can even be the key to a funny punch line. Timing is responsible for a person being able to walk without falling or speaking without stuttering. Timing is what allows us to focus, process language, keep our balance and have smooth gait, play a sport, and even read. Timing is responsible for the synchronous communication of our brains’ network system that connects cognitive processes and physical movement. Therefore the ability to have accurate Neurotiming is one of the most critical factors in human performance.


Peer reviewed studies repeatedly confirm the importance of timing & rhythm for human performance. According to IM research, improving Neurotiming may result in better function in the following areas:

Attention
Processing Speed
Working Memory
Executive Functions
Self-Regulation
Expressive & Receptive Language
Reading Comprehension, Rate & Fluency
Mathematics
Upper Extremity Function (Parkinson’s, hemiplegia, CP, hand function)
Motor Coordination
Athletic Performance (golf, soccer)

 

RESEARCH

https://www.interactivemetronome.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IM_Paper15_InjaeUniversity_1.pdf