Sensory Systems Clinic
What is Interactive Metronome and what areas can it help?
Interactive Metronome is a computer-based technology to enhance motor planning, sequencing and timing. It can improve learning and a variety of types of performance that depend on the ability to plan and sequence actions and ideas. Interactive Metronome (IM) exercises have been found to improve motor planning and coordination in both children and adults in academic and sports endeavors. In addition, IM performance correlates with academic achievement in areas such as mathematics, language, reading and attention to task.
Why does Interactive Metronome Work?
In a recent clinical study, the rhythmic and movement training exercises of the Interactive Metronome were found to produce significant gains in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the areas of concentration, motor planning, control of aggression, language processing and reading. These findings are consistent with recent research on the growth of the brain that indicates that environmental influences, not just genetics can facilitate a child’s development. Unlike many of the products on the market that claim to help ADHD without the use of medication, the Interactive Metronome has independent, third party verification to back up its claim. Third party verification is a crucial test for consumer health products.
What does therapy look like?
The Interactive Metronome involves the principles of the traditional, musical metronome, combined with the precision of a personal computer to create engaging interactive training exercises. The minimum 15-hour program uses head phones along with hand and foot sensors to coordinate movements to computer-generated musical beats. Like training wheels on a bicycle, a patented auditory guidance system progressively challenges participants to improve their motor planning, sequencing and rhythmic timing performance.
The Interactive Metronome works best when it is a part of a comprehensive program that may include the following components.
1. A comprehensive evaluation and, if needed, an appropriate intervention program recommended by Sensory Systems Clinic
2. A home program recommended by Sensory Systems Clinic.
When the Interactive Metronome exercises are combined with appropriate interventions, if needed, the child has an opportunity to exercise a number of important developmental capacities at the same time in an integrated manner.
Note: More information on Interactive Metronome can be found on their web site, at:
Effect of Interactive Metronome Rhythmicity Training on Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Robert J. Shaffer, Ph.D.., Lee E. Jacokes, Ph.D., James F. Cassily, Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., Robert F. Tuchman, M.D., Paul J. Stimmer, Jr., Ph.D.; American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 155-162 (2001).
Sensory Systems Clinic
Sensory Systems Clinic, P.C.
30801 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Phone: (586) 293-7553