Science Behind Integrated Listening
iLs is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.
iLs trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills.
ils 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.
If you are interested in the research that has been done with iLs they have several articles on the effectiveness on their website.
Using iLs at JLD Therapy
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) in concert with therapy can improve children’s auditory processing abilities. Therefore, some children receive iLs during occupational therapy. While iLs can often help with therapy goals it is not appropriate for every child or situation. Therefore, we frequently will set up a home program with regular consultation. 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.
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.
How does iLs help?
- 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)
Ready to get started?
Before starting your iLs program it is important to receive training from someone who has been trained in the program so that settings and adjustments can be made for the greatest success. Many of the therapists on our staff have been trained in program set up and clinical use. Our team is able to provide consultation for ongoing iLs use both in person or over video conference.
When starting an iLs program several trials are done in the clinic before making recommendations for the program. This time allows us to provide the optimal set up, and time for you to see the benefits. To see the most benefit from this program frequent use is recommended. Families are able to purchase their own systems, or we are able to provide short term rentals in the clinic. To strengthen and reinforce listening programs clients are often encourage to use listening programs at home.
Review our team page for up to day information on which staff members have been trained