What is iLs?
The Integrated Listening System (iLS) is a psychoacoustic therapeutic approach, developed by Dr. Ron Minson and based on the pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, using the most advanced technology available.
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 we build strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age. iLs programs are based on this principle, providing gentle and specific stimulation in order to activate the neural pathways used in the processing of sensory information. This activity is much like a gymnastic exercise for the ear and optimizes the transmission of the sensory sound message to the brain.
iLs trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, influencing skills including:
- Sensory modulation and regulation
- Speech and language skills
- Cognitive development
- Learning and academics
- Movement, coordination and rhythm
- Auditory processing
In the clinic setting, our iLs trained occupational therapists offer the iLs focus program that integrates movement with music through preset protocols.
Music is provided using an iPod touch, an amplifier and specialized headphones. Both air and bone conducted sound are utilized through these headphones. This allows for simultaneous training of the auditory system to discriminate sound (air conduction) and vestibular system to provide a grounding/calming influence and to help with body organization (bone conduction).
By incorporating occupational therapy during the listening sessions we can truly integrate the whole body. We work together as a team to design a customized program for your child based on their individual treatment goals.
We support each iLs program with home programs and therapeutic services tailored specifically for each child. The result is auditory re-education, which can facilitate remarkable progress toward a child’s targeted functions.
More information regarding iLs and available programs can be found at www.integratedlistening.com
What is the Safe and Sound Protocol?
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement. It is based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state; the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy. Dr. Porges created the SSP to help people learn to attain a grounded state where they feel safe, connected, calm and social.
The program is derived from nearly four decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes. It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music.
The SSP is best used together with other therapies.
The SSP facilitates functional change through the theory of neuroplasticity of the brain. Changes from the SSP are cumulative and dependent on utilizing subsequent therapy modalities and will be enhanced by the social support the client receives. Once physiological state is regulated, we can accelerate or enhance subsequent therapy.
Emotional and physiological states are critical to how we approach the task at hand. So when a client has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy. Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes.