Integrated listening systems is a multi-sensory program for improving the brain's ability to function. It includes combining auditory, vestibular and visual stimulation in away that improves emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information. When there is improved regulation and processing, our ability to focus, think, and engage successfully in social situations also improves.
This is a cutting edge therapy that unfortunately, at this time, is not covered by insurance. However, there is an affordable home program that can be completed by parents 3-5 hours per week. This is a great alternative and supplement to ABA therapy if you can't afford ABA. ILS stimulates the brain in a way that encourages it to absorb information learned during typical play and/or ABA therapy.
ABA therapy is effective for children with autism because it is repetitive and consistent, but it may still take multiple learning trials for a child to learn and retain the information taught. ILS helps to bridge the gap in learning. It opens a new pathway to the brain that helps children acquire new skills at a faster pace. Learning for someone with autism is all about repetitively teaching over and over in a series of trials so that the memory acquires the skill. With ILS, you can reduce the number of trials necessary for them to learn the skill.
When ABA and integrated listening systems are combined, you accelerate the child's ability to learn. The great news is that with ILS, although there will still be work required on teaching and working with your child, it becomes less time consuming and more managable. Especially, if you are one of the many families that can't afford ABA.
ILS is also great for children with sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and/or auditory processing disorders. There are multiple programs that can be implemented depending on where the individual is developmentally. The iLs Focus system includes:
Each program builds on the previous one, but where you start is based on your needs individually after filling out a sensory assessment.
Learning - Building the skills which enable success in school: attention, reading, visual and auditory processing, memory, self-expression, social skills
Performance Optimization - Improving processing speed and timing (athletics), creativity and imagination (arts and business), self–esteem and self-confidence (personal development)
Neuro-Developmental, ASD – Achieving therapeutic goals related to emotional and behavioral regulation, sensory processing, communication and social skills; examples: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy
Psychological/Emotional – Improving attention, emotional balance and vitality
Rehabilitation – Recovering energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function (memory, organization, planning) after a stroke or head injury
Integrated Listening Systems has children listening to a specially formulated music at frequencies designed to target certain parts of the brain. The headphones also have a speaker in the top of the set to allow listening through air AND bone conduction. This is one aspect that makes this particular listening program unique. In addition, there are hand picked exercises intended to be done in conjunction with the headphones to provide a therapy with multisensory input. There are separate programs that can be individualized to the child targeting an area needing development, including: sensory motor, attention and concentration, and reading and auditory processing.
The iLs Focus system is a complementary therapy that can be integrated into a broad variety of practices including:
The iLs systems require each individual doing their programs have supervision of a trained professional associate. I am currently a certified associate willing to supervise in home programs in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area or nationwide for those interested in participating by Skype, phone or email. I will train you or a family member to implement the program with your child. Please contact me for more information if you are interested.
You can find out more information about ILS at https://integratedlistening.com/research/
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