TheraPediatrics of Rhode Island



Interactive Metronome is an advanced brain-based assessment & treatment program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect motor planning and sequencing.  Motor planning and sequencing are central to human activity – from the coordinated movements needed to walk or climb stairs, to the order of words in a sentence to provide meaning. Interactive Metronome (IM) is the only therapy tool that improves those human capacities by using innovative neuro-sensory and neuro-motor exercises developed to improve the brain's inherent ability to repair or remodel itself through a process called neuroplasticity.

The IM program challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions.  A patented audio or audio and visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided. 

IM was developed in the early 1990's and was first developed to help children with learning and developmental disorders, such as:

  • Sensory Integration Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Non-verbal Learning Disorder

IM has been shown to improve:

  • Attention & Concentration
  • Motor Planning & Sequencing
  • Language Processing
  • Behavior (Aggression & Impulsivity)
  • Balance and Gait
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Motor Skills
  • Coordination

The above information is adapted from the  website.  Treatment with Interactive Metronome is available at TheraPediatrics.  For more information contact TheraPediatrics at 401-667-0173.