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Overview 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
What is iLs? Combines auditory training with balance and visual activities Stimulates parts of the brain involved in learning, communication, emotion, memory and balance and self-regulation Evolved from proven therapies used to help with dyslexia, attention, auditory processing, coordination, communication, cognitive function and optimal performance
Proven Techniques, New Technology iLs combines sound and movement therapies: Tomatis Method – sound therapy, 40 years in Europe, $50k for equipment/training Kinesiology & Yoga – movement therapy known for its neurological stimulation Brain growth occurs through stimulation - a concept known as “neuroplasticity”. iLs’ combined sound and movement programs stimulate the learning and communication parts of the brain.
How 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.
Information 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.
iLs Equipment – Auditory Custom-fitted headphones > air/bone conducted delivery Mini-amp powers headphones iPod loaded with processed music and video demos of movement exercises Beltpack for portability Playbook: guide for movement activities
iLs Equipment – Movement Movement activities include visual, vestibular & proprioceptive exercises, performed simultaneous to listening The Integration Kit (pictured) is included with all iLs systems Equipment includes balance board, visual tracking tools, headband and Playbook
iLs Listening Component Receptive and Expressive Phases – training the brain’s processing for input and output 3 frequency zones correlating to the body, communication and cognitive function Audio techniques: frequency filtration, gating, bone conduction Each program is customized for the individual
iLs Music – frequencies stimulating specific areas of the mind & body
Program Structure Receptive Phase –40 - 60 Sessions –Each session is 60-minutes combined listening and movement (movement activities ~ 15 min) –3-5 sessions per week –total program 2-3 months Expressive Phase (optional add-on) –Excellent for expressive language issues –Begin toward last 1/4 of Receptive Phase –10-20 min per session – make it fun!
iLs 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 frequencies 2- Concentration & Attention: a 40-session program for those with attention deficits; focuses on the frequencies of zones 1 & 2 3- Reading/Auditory Processing: a 40-session program for reading- related and auditory processing skills; focus is on zone 2 frequencies 4- 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
iLs Expressive Phase (optional add-on) Improves reading, listening, voice quality and self-confidence Exercises for auditory processing –Auditory memory –Phonemic awareness –Auditory processing speed –Left /right perception and processing –Concentration & listening skills –Auditory figure ground (language amidst background noise)
Research Auditory Processing & Other Learning Difficulties –data collected by Aimee Weiner, AuD, and Julia Harper, OT data on 29 children with APD, published in Advance Magazine 1/4/10 pre-testing showed 0 of 29 had intact auditory processing skills and 0 of 29 had intact vestibular processing skills, post –intervention 22 of 29 had auditory processing skills in normal range in all areas; all 29 had intact vestibular skills –Public school pilot study including 20 children with learning difficulties; teachers reported significant improvement in 19 of the 20 (2009) –Private clinic study conducted by M. Fraval, DO, and H. Armytage with 30 subjects showed average improvement in auditory processing skills of 78% after a 3-month program
Research (cont’d) Literacy –Controlled study of 64 K-2 at-risk students conducted by University of New Mexico, Ann Calhoon, PhD –results showed significant improvement in all areas of literacy; –average improvement in reading over 3-month iLs program was 2 years See the Research pages of www.integratedlistening.comwww.integratedlistening.com
Summary iLs is a natural and safe therapy iLs 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 life iLs addresses root causes rather than symptoms iLs is fun, most kids and adults enjoy their listening
Follow Up Q & A Hands-on listening Schedule a complimentary Pitch Discrimination Test or Symptoms Checklist Assessment