2Overview What is iLs? How does iLs work? What is the science behind the method?What is the equipment like?How long is the iLs program?Is there supporting research?What is the cost of a clinic program?Summary
3What is iLs?Combines auditory training with balance and visual activitiesStimulates parts of the brain involved in learning, communication, emotion, memory and balanceEvolved from proven therapies used to help with dyslexia, attention, auditory processing, coordination, communication, cognitive function and optimal performanceShow system, balance board, balls while speakingNeuroplasticityImproving the ability to process information
4Proven Techniques, New Technology iLs combines sound and movement therapies:Tomatis Method – sound therapy, 40 years in Europe, $50k for equipment/trainingKinesiology & Yoga – movement therapy known for its neurological stimulationBrain growth occurs through stimulation - a concept known as “neuroplasticity”.iLs’ combined sound and movement programs stimulate the learning and communication parts of the brain.
5How Does Integrated Listening Work? Information from our environment is conveyed through our senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing, seeing, vestibular (balance) and muscle awareness.These sensory systems are very inter-related, especially the eyes, ears and vestibular.An example of the inter-relatedness is the act of reading:As your eyes move from letter to letter your ear (cochlea) translates each letter into a sound.The vestibular system coordinates the eye movements and aids the synchronicity of the eyes and ears.
6Information Integration & Processing The vestibular and cochlear systems, located in the inner ear, work together to relay sensory input to the brain.They play a key role in our ability to integrate our senses, and their successful interaction is essential for language development, sensory processing and motor function.
7iLs EquipmentCustom-fitted headphones > air and bone delivery > vestibular stimulationMini-amp powers headphonesiPod holds processed musicBeltpack: simultaneous sound and movementPlaybook: weekly guide for movement activities
8iLs Listening Component Receptive and Expressive Phases – training the brain’s processing for input and output3 frequency zones correlating to the body, communication and cognitive functionAudio techniques: frequency filtration, gating, bone conductionEach program is customized for the individual
9iLs Music – frequencies stimulating specific areas of the mind
11Program Structure Receptive Phase Expressive Phase (optional add-on) SessionsEach session is 60-minutes combined listening and movement (movement activities ~ 15 min)3-5 sessions per weektotal program 2-3 monthsExpressive Phase (optional add-on)Excellent for expressive language issuesBegin toward last 1/4 of Receptive Phase10-20 min per session – make it fun!
12iLs Receptive Programs 1- Sensory Motor: a 60-session program for those with sensory integration and developmental challenges as well as those on the autistic spectrum; gentle program focusing on lower frequencies2- Concentration & Attention: a 40-session program for those with attention deficits; focuses on the frequencies of zones 1 & 23- Reading/Auditory Processing: a 40-session program for reading-related and auditory processing skills; focus is on zone 2 frequencies4- Optimal Performance for Teens/Adults: a 48-session program to improve memory, processing, mood and balance; excellent for seniors, too; focus is on zones 2 & 3 frequencies
13iLs Expressive Phase (optional add-on) Equipment: microphone, amp, headphones & voiceConditions the ear/voice feedback loopImproves reading, listening, attention, voice quality and self-confidenceExercises designed to improve the following skills:Auditory memoryPhonemic awareness (decoding of sounds)Auditory processing speedLeft and right ear perception and processingConcentration & listening skillsAuditory figure ground (language amidst background noise)
14See the Research pages of www.integratedlistening.com Auditory ProcessingThe Effects of Tomatis Method on APD by Dr. Ross-Swain41 APD subjects showed average improvement in overall auditory processing skills of 49% ( ; to be published in 2007)Hillside Health Center Study, Dr. M. Fraval, H. Armytage30 subjects showed average improvement in auditory processingskills of 78% (2006)ReadingLongitudinal Study by Dr. J.A. Calhoun, 2006 – 3 month trial36 students K-2 showed average gain in reading of 2 yearsHope Charter School Study by B. van Houten, R.N.6 case studies showed average gain in reading of 2.2 years after 4- month program (2006)See the Research pages of
15SummaryiLs is a natural and safe therapy, the only side effects being a strong chance of improved self-esteemiLs programs are effective for helping with learning, attention and balance problems, for those on the autistic spectrum; mild head injury (whiplash); mood; improved cognitive skills; energy and enthusiasm for lifeiLs addresses the cause rather than the symptomsiLs is fun, most kids and adults enjoy their listening
16Follow Up Q & A Hands-on listening Schedule a complimentary Pitch Discrimination Test or Symptoms Checklist Assessment