I use Integrated Listening Systems (iLS) Therapy to improve children’s sensory processing, motor skills development, auditory processing, attention and regulation.
I have found that iLS and Occupational Therapy together make a good pair and help children progress faster. It is also effective as part of a home program for many children.
iLS is unique in providing bone conduction in the headphones. This is highly beneficial as it offers additional vestibular (movement) input to the child working on a neurophysiological level.
WHAT IS iLS?
iLS is built upon the techniques and theories developed by Alfred Tomatis, M.D., and has been refined by Dr. Ron Minson over many years. It is based upon the theory of neuroplasticity, strengthening and creating neuronal maps that support sensory processing, movement, attention and learning. iLS is a sound-based multi-sensory program that combines movement, visual and auditory input.
HOW DOES iLS WORK?
Classical music has been digitally manipulated to specific frequencies and vibrations that stimulate various parts of the brain to improve the neurological foundation for sensory integration.
Music is delivered via a portable iPod through specially designed headphones with bone conduction (a small transducer). The bone conduction unit is inside the top of the headphones and provides specific vestibular and auditory stimulation.
In my practice, after I assess a child I determine whether iLS will benefit their program. We then create an individualized listening program along with sensory, movement, visual and auditory exercises based on the child’s goals. Generally, the program is administered approximately 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes. For the first 15-20 minutes, the child participates in their home program exercises and for the remainder of the program, they either relax or complete fun projects. I either use iLS during the child’s treatment sessions or offer units for rental for intensive home programs.
Sensory processing, body and spatial awareness, motor skills coordination
Motor Planning, sequencing
Attention and following directions
Auditory Processing, sound sensitivity
Visual Motor Skills
Sensory regulation, calming, sleep
iLS can be used for children who have various diagnoses including:
Sensory Processing Disorder
Autism, Asperger’s syndrome
ADD / ADHD
FURTHER iLS RESOURCES-
Research and case studies:
Free parent webinars:
Online videos and talks by Dr. Ron Minson about iLS:
Study by the Spiral Foundation regarding the effectiveness of home-based iLS therapy:
How iLS influences sensory processing
Parents’ account of using iLS and music therapy with their child:
Tips on introducing headphones to a sensitive child: