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2 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

3 What is iLs? Combines auditory training with balance and visual activities Stimulates parts of the brain involved in learning, communication, emotion, memory and balance Evolved from proven therapies used to help with dyslexia, attention, auditory processing, coordination, communication, cognitive function and optimal performance

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 iLs Equipment Custom-fitted headphones > air and bone delivery > vestibular stimulation Mini-amp powers headphones iPod holds processed music Beltpack: simultaneous sound and movement Playbook: weekly guide for movement activities

8 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

9 iLs Music – frequencies stimulating specific areas of the mind

10 iLs: Receptive & Expressive Phases

11 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!

12 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

13 iLs Expressive Phase (optional add-on) Equipment: microphone, amp, headphones & voice Conditions the ear/voice feedback loop Improves reading, listening, attention, voice quality and self-confidence Exercises designed to improve the following skills: –Auditory memory –Phonemic awareness (decoding of sounds) –Auditory processing speed –Left and right ear perception and processing –Concentration & listening skills –Auditory figure ground (language amidst background noise)

14 Research Auditory Processing & Other Learning Difficulties –Private clinic data collected by Aimee Weiner, AuD, and Julia Harper, OT on 29 children diagnosed with APD; post-intervention 22 of the 29 children had auditory processing skills within the normal range in all areas; pre-testing showed 0 of 29 had intact vestibular processing skills, post – intervention 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 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 program was 2 years See the Research pages of

15 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 the cause rather than the symptoms iLs is fun, most kids and adults enjoy their listening

16 Follow Up Q & A Hands-on listening Schedule a complimentary Pitch Discrimination Test or Symptoms Checklist Assessment

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