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August 20, 2013

How the Interactive Metronome Aids Speech and Language Development


Interactive Metronome (IM) is a computer-based program that uses 13 different exercises with the hand or foot that are performed while auditory tones are presented. An auditory-visual guide directs the client to match the beat of the metronome.

As stated on the Interactive Metronome website, “IM works on the body and mind simultaneously in a motivating and engaging way while addressing critical timing skills that underlie all of our human capabilities (i.e., speech, language, attention, memory/learning, reading, motor skills, self-control, etc).”

IM training facilitates the brain becoming synchronous:

  • It results in improved performance and efficiency in tasks
  • It results in gains in focus, speed, language processing, reading, and motor skills

How this relates to speech and language:

  • IM facilitates the brain becoming synchronous which results in improved performance and efficiency in tasks such as focus, speed, processing, and motor skills
  • IM can be used within speech-language therapy sessions during language activities such as rapid naming, describing objects, etc.
  • Speech is motor based and therefore improved motor skills from IM training results in improvement in the following speech-language areas:
    • Attention/Concentration
    • Executive Function
    • Working Memory
    • Cognitive speed
    • Language processing and output
    • Self-Monitoring and Self Control
    • Motor planning and Sequencing

Interactive Metronome is offered at Child and Family Development. If you think your child may be appropriate for Interactive Metronome within speech-language therapy or have any questions about the IM program please feel free to contact me directly at:

Research articles on IM and speech:

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