iLs (Integrated Listening Systems)
We use Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Therapy to improve children’s auditory processing abilities. Some children receive iLs during Occupational Therapy, but not every child is appropriate for iLs. For some children we recommend iLs as a home program. At times we will recommend iLs simultaneously with OT or Speech Language Therapy if we feel that simultaneous listening and OT or SLP is the most efficient method of providing sensory input to optimize listening function.
iLs therapy at JLD Therapy builds upon the psychoacoustic techniques developed by Alfred Tomatis, M.D., in Europe and refined by Integrated Listening Systems. The goal of iLs therapy is to improve the neurophysiological foundation for integrating sensory input by using specific sound frequencies, vibrations and patterns to stimulate the brain.
Listening therapy, like occupational therapy, is based on the theory of neuroplasticity, which refers to brain changes that can occur. During therapy, specific sound and vibration frequencies and patterns are delivered through specially designed headphones. When clients are treated with iLs therapy only, they engage in creative projects or simply relax in a comfortable chair while listening to high quality productions of Mozart and other classics which have been digitally manipulated to enhance certain sound frequencies. It can improve:
- Organized Behavior
- Postural Control
- Bilateral Coordination
- Body Awareness and Praxis (Motor planning)
- Fine Motor Control and Temporal Spatial Organization
- Decrease Sensory Sensitivity (to sound, touch and multisensory experience)
- Ability to read body signals (hunger, toileting, sleep)
To straighten and reinforce listening programs clients are often encourage to use listening programs at home. We partner with iLs to make rentals available for clients to use at home. Ask us how.