James Madison University

Specialized Programs:

Interactive Metronome (IM)

What is IM?

The Interactive Metronome (IM) combines the concept of a musical metronome with a patented technology computerized program that accurately measures, assesses, and improves a person's rhythm and timing. It is the only program that uses a patented auditory guidance system plus interactive exercises to improve the foundational skills essential for learning and development.

The goal of IM training is to bring lasting improvements in an individual's overall planning, sequencing and attentional capacities. The IM program has been shown to produce significant results in children and adults.

Watch the 'What is Interactive Metronome?' video

What are the benefits of IM?

The March/April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy identified five core areas of statistically significant improvements gained through the IM training program:

  • Attention and Focus
  • Motor Control and Coordination
  • Language Processing
  • Reading & Math Fluency
  • Ability to Regulate Aggression/Impulsivity

Who can benefit from IM?

IM's adaptive design can be used with a broad spectrum population 'developmentally' 6 years of age and older. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • PDD
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Language Deficits (poor listening comprehension, poor verbal expression, poor reading comprehension, motor and sequencing aspects of language, etc.)
  • Attention and Motor Coordination Difficulties
  • Poor organizational skills, poor memory, poor fine motor skills, etc.
  • Motor Planning and Sequencing Difficulties

Why IM?

  • Improves visual motor control and aspects of motor planning and coordination in both students in special education and boys with ADHD.
    • Shows statistically significant patterns of improvements in boys with ADHD in their attention, language processing, reading, and the regulation of aggression.
  • Demonstrates the capacity of the Interactive Metronome to significantly improve timing and rhythmic accuracy in both children and adults.