By Interactive Metronome, Bricole Reincke - February 18, 2014

IM-Home Tips & Motivational Strategies

IM-Home Tips & Motivational Strategies


In case you missed our free webinar in January, we wanted to share some of the great tips Lisa Poe had for using Interactive Metronome® (IM) at home. IM-Home lets clients train in the comfort and privacy of their own home while still receiving Provider-supervised IM training. If scheduling conflicts, insurance limitations, travel restrictions, or a degenerative condition is keeping clients out of the clinic, take the clinic to your clients! Now, you can even offer the same great IM training at home without users having to worry about batteries. We now have wired IM-Home units!

IM-Home is great for children looking for an edge in the classroom, athletes who need an advantage on the field and adults who want to excel professionally. Do you want to provide this service, but are worried how to get started? Here are some of the highlights from the webinar:

·      First Consultation: This is a great time to address the goals you have set for your client and the strategies that the two of you will use to achieve those goals. It is also important that clients understand the benefits of participating in and completing the IM-Home program.

·      Home Visit: Even though the client will train without a Provider in the home with them, it is important to visit any client’s home environment. Understanding someone’s interests, hobbies, and spatial limitations will help in developing individualized training plans. This is also a great time to get the family involved and demonstrate the equipment to everyone in the home.

·      Understanding Motivation: Some clients will find motivation internally (intrinsic) and others may require an external reward (extrinsic). It is important to understand a user’s motivation and adapt any training accordingly.

o   Intrinsic – Being better at hobbies such as music, art, etc. can motivate some users. Incorporating these interests and highlighting personal goals will help maintain a high level of motivation.

o   Extrinsic – Perhaps personal goals aren’t enough to fully motivate. Simple rewards like family/game time, verbal praise, stickers and reward charts are great motivators. One mother even used pennies!

·      Difficulty: Adapting the difficulty is important for motivation. If the program is too difficult it may frustrate and alienate users, thereby decreasing motivation. Conversely, if the games are too simple, most clients will lose interests. Either way, users will not maintain practice and will not see promising functional gains.

·      Conflicts: Working around the user’s schedule is the goal. If the training plan truly conflicts with extracurricular activities, schoolwork, or a parent’s schedule, it should be changed…end of story, no questions asked. After all, IM-Home is supposed to be a simple way to stay active with IM training without the added expense and worry of keeping clinic appointments.

·      Build a Relationship: Building trusts is an important part of IM training, whether it is done at home or in the clinic. Users have to feel like their provider understands their needs, developed the training plan specifically to match those needs and truly has their best needs at heart. Simply knowing the client will help keep everything else running smoothly, from motivation to scheduling conflicts.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s take training to the client! Do you like the mobility, but tired up with dealing with batteries? Do you wish there was an easier way for users to access IM training? Providing IM training in the home has never been better; we now offer a wired version so your busy clients have one less item to pick up on the way home. Login to the Provider section and order your units today!

Below, you will also find a list of great resources about Interactive Metronome®, best practices for pediatric and adult clients, certification information, and third-party apps, books, and videos to help users understand the connection between brain and body. We have also included a link to “Get the Most from IM-Home: Tips & Motivational Strategies,” our free webinar about successfully integrating IM-Home into your clients training program. Bookmark this page and refer to these resources at your leisure.


o   IM media clips

o   Research –

o   “Children with Developmental Disabilities and their Motivation to Play,” The Open Journal and Occupational Therapy. Vol. 1. Issue 4, article 4. (Askins et al)

o   “How does a child with sensory processing problems play?” The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. October 2006. Vol. 4, number 4. (Benson et al)

o   “Surveys of Play for Children and Adolescents,” Therapy Skills Builders. www.tpcweb.com

o   YouTube – Imetronome

o   Webinars

o   Books –

o   Understanding Your Body: A good look inside your insides by Rebecca Treays

o   Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It by Joanne Deak, Ph.D

o   Ned the Neuron app – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nedtheneuron/id562657316?mt=8

o   Videos –

o   Brain Jump with Ned the Neuron: Challenges Grow Your Brain – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7FdMi03Czl

o   Your Fantastic Elastic Brain – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch3kbXBah5Y



Get the Most from IM-Home: Tips and Motivational Strategies

This course is designed to help IM Providers of all professional disciplines successfully transition clients from Interactive Metronome® (IM) training in the clinic or school setting to training in the home setting with IM Home. Lisa Poe, an experienced IM Provider, IM Instructor, & IM-Home Specialist, will share tips & strategies developed in clinical practice to elicit the most from each client with regard to motivation, compliance & performance in order to achieve optimal results. Lisa will discuss age-specific training considerations, specific tips & motivational strategies, including “tools” that can be found in and around the home to enhance motivation toward training and results. Several photos and videos have been incorporated into this presentation to best illustrate the ideas shared.

Price: Free
CEUs: ASHA 0.1, AOTA 0.1, BOC 1.0, PTs and PTAs may submit paperwork to your state board



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