In October 2012, I bought my first iLs system. The kids I have used it with have all made really great progress. Seriously, it is making me look like a rock star OT. Here are some of the changes I have noticed in kiddos:
- Better mood
- More independent with self-care and home work
- More social
- Improved expressive and receptive language skills
- Improved coordination
- Less stressed
- Decreased tactile and auditory sensitivity
Alison Goodrich, MS OTR/L
I wanted you to know that not only did I enjoy the course, this might have been the only training/continuing ed course I’ve taken where I haven’t wanted to fall asleep after lunch. After the first training I took last August in Oklahoma City, I was encouraged and excited, yet still hesitant to buy my own unit. After the success stories from my fellow SLPs and the OTs from Tulsa Sunshine and an amazing refresher course, I bought the Total Focus System. I am currently starting the 3rd session of SM on both of my kiddos and myself. Looking forward to watching the progression!
Kristin Bresciano, OTR/L
I thought I would give you an update on “Lisa.” We have been using the ILS about 3-4 times per week. She is doing fine with the exercises and program. Some of the changes I have seen are subtle, but good. She seems to have more energy and be happier. She has gotten to the point that she asks to do the exercises. I have spoken to a lady that I work with about this (who has a daughter who is autistic) and she made the comment that even though Lisa doesn’t realize much about the changes that’s going on, there has to be something there since she is beginning to ask to do these exercises. I’ve asked Lisa if she has noticed anything different about herself. She made the comment that she is “thinking” differently. I don’t know what she meant by that. Anyway, we are doing good. Thank you so much for everything.
I would suggest any one to use iLs (not just kids with special needs). I am around students all the time who could benefit from using this program!
T.M., Special Ed Teacher
Thank you iLs. My daughter was just re-tested post iLs with auditory processing skills and has progressed all around; however, specifically in phonological skills (sounding out words and blending sounds into words) she has progressed from the 6% for her age (significantly below normal) to 97% for her age (well above normal). She was crying very night last year we had to read and had difficulty with sounding out c a t. Now she is excelled in reading, reading at the top of her class, and best of all she likes to read. She is 5 1/2 and READING! Thank you so much to ILS and a great speech therapist!
Shannon Norris, OTR/L
I love coming to the webinars whenever I can fit it into my schedule. I love working with iLs and appreciate the on-going support!
Robyn Chu, MOT, OTR/L
I have been very impressed with the objective results on my son thus far…. the improvement in his smooth pursuit tracking and nystagmus post rotation after 30 sensory/motor sessions is just amazing in itself. I am going to be spreading the word at how great iLs is to my colleagues – this should be recognized by ASHA as a successful therapy application. I am hopeful that your auditory processing program (Interactive Language Program) will be equally as fruitful as the sensory/motor program has been for my son.
J. H., AuD, CCC-A
At STAR Center our therapists use iLs for a few key reasons: it can be customized to each individual’s needs, the bone conduction delivery is a wonderful vestibular supplement, and the quality of the music is remarkable…. We have seen tremendous developmental growth spurts using iLs in combination with OT. iLs combined with OT seems to accelerate or “jump start” many of the children’s developmental changes. It also can have a calming effect on some children which makes it easier for our therapists to work with the child. In general, we see accelerated gains by adding iLs to OT… We use it with most of our children in clinic and we often send clients home with an iLs Focus system for continuation of therapy once their intensive short-term program is complete.
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L, author of Sensational Kids, Founder of SPD Foundation
I just wanted to write a brief email telling you that we have been using the sensory motor protocol of the iLs Focus to help us treat childhood apraxia of speech. Apraxia of speech is a disorder where an individual has difficulty with motor planning and cannot plan the necessary moth movements in order to form words. The little guy we have been doing it with had a stroke in his left hemisphere when he was born and is now 2 years old. After traditional therapy failed to produce significant results, we tried the iLs Focus and he is doing fantastic!! He has gone from not being able to babble to talking in 4-word phrases. Very cool. Soon, we plan to begin the program with an adult stroke patient with apraxia of speech. While I know that the 2 year old patient has more of a chance to show gains when you consider his age and the fact that his brain is very plastic at age 2, I am hopeful the adult patient will show positive results also.
During my 37-year career as a pediatric occupational therapist, I have focused on providing a variety of interventions to a varied but delightful pediatric caseload. I decided to retire in June 2008 and took a trip to Italy that September to celebrate both my 60th birthday and my retirement. Upon my return I chose to go back to work, as I didn’t have the same resources available to me that I did in June. In March 2009 I took my initial training as an iLs associate along with 4 other colleagues. I began using the iLs on my many of my clients in the clinic and with students in the school system that were on my caseload.
Instead of listing all the wonderful and positive changes I have seen with clients using the iLs, I will instead talk about how I have been influenced by using this profoundly effective intervention for children who have never responded as positively to a variety of traditional SI or neuro-developmental therapies.
In short, I have postponed my retirement since I have become passionate about using the iLs as an intervention tool. It works so well with my occupational therapy interventions and I am truly excited by the results I see when a client or child uses the iLs on a regular basis. Furthermore, I have invested in several systems and have started a rental service for those families who are unable to purchase a system and wish to add this intervention for a child or student is currently working with me or another iLs associate. My new business is called Cutting Edge Interventions, LLC and I hope to get a website up this spring.
I don’t feel like retiring again anytime soon!
Karen Marlowe-Fleet, MA, OTR/L
Additionally, I want to compliment each of you. Y’all are an amazingly easy team with which to work. You have been especially helpful and encouraging on the phone. I was set to cancel the course on the 15th after I saw the materials I was expected to complete, and I am so glad that I didn’t. Additionally, I really enjoyed reading the manual for the course. It was clear and made great sense of sensory information in a concise way and outlined each element of the program in a very accessible format. I’m very eager for everyone on my staff to read it. I had a great time meeting Kate and listening to her that Saturday. Besides learning a great deal, I loved the music and the movement components. Finally, I want to comment on your community outreach and web site. Y’all are on top of it! I really love the way you have incorporated the interviews and research. It’s a great marketing tool for me to use with my parents. It too is concise and user friendly. Thank you for all of this effort! I know this program is going to change a lot of kids’ lives and subsequently the lives of their families.
Ned made it to Day 11 without ADHA medicine and I think he gained five pounds this past week! He is eating me out of house and home again and is hungry all the time like he used to be. I’m so thrilled that he is eating again as the Daytrana patch really zapped his appetite all day and he lost a lot weight so quickly. I’m excited that this could be because of the iLs program because to be perfectly honest, there is absolutely no other explanation. We are back on listening to two hours a day after a week’s rest and I’m excited to see if the music continues to help him control his ADHD symptoms. This is truly amazing as he was wired to the gills ALL THE TIME before without meds and ten times worse during the summer (if you can imagine!). The more I research the vestibular system and the developing brain, the more the Integrated Listening Systems program makes sense to me. Before I just took it on faith, but now since I’ve seen amazing results with Ned, I’m more convinced than ever that it’s going to finish where Dore left off.
Our centers consistently see excellent results with iLs with regard to attention and learning problems. iLs works at a neurological level so it’s a great complement to the behavioral, cognitive and medical approaches we use at Hallowell Centers… Even the best therapy only works if you actually stick with it, so the fact that iLs is not only effective but is fun and can be done at home makes it extremely appealing.
Edward Hallowell, MD, Harvard Medical School faculty, child and adult psychiatrist, author and ADHD expert.
Update on my daughter after 10 iLs sessions: At parent teacher interview, the teacher said, “I don’t know what has happened but in the past 2 weeks it is as if a switch was turned on”. I did not tell her I was doing iLs to see if she noticed anything in class and her overall function…. the “switch” coincided with the completion of 10 iLs sessions. She continues to do well in school and her Spring report cards say improvement in all areas.
KW, mom and Occupational Therapist
In response to the NBC news story featuring iLs:
I’m forwarding this story to you because of who you are and what you do for others and because I am so grateful to have learned about iLs four years ago. When my grandson was diagnosed at age six with NLD (non-verbal learning disorder), I was given the go-ahead by his parents to see what I could learn that might help. I heard about iLs from a friend, took the training, was tutored by some wonderful people there and we began using their product. He has improved greatly, I think, even though I know he still has some difficulties.
We now do what we call “refresher sessions,” usually during vacation periods. (Sometimes my grandson even requests a session.) My grandson and I have created some new exercises that may address some of his coordination, right to left hemisphere neural signal delays–this based on my observations and his stories of classroom and sports learning. I have confidence in continuing improvement.
In the past year, a local hospital has added iLs therapy to their offerings. It’s wonderful to have breakthrough technologies available!
Letter to iLs:
I’ve been using the iLs program in our school for two years, and have seen good results with my students. The results range from increased confidence and coordination, to improved social skills, and very distinct improvements in reading and overall academic skills. Recently I’ve been working with a little boy in 2nd grade who shows signs of autism. He has been making good progress with the iLs program. He will now look the speaker in the eye when talking with another person, which he didn’t do at the start of the year. He also is quite a bit more coordinated, and more social since starting the program. I have been very pleased with the affects of the Integrated Listening System. Thanks so much!
I have been looking at auditory processing disorders now for 28 years, and until recently, I have never seen auditory processing skills really get better. While there may be some improvement with age, the initial processing issues seem to persist. But over the last two years, while quantifying iLs and HOPE Method (sensori-motor program) results, I’ve watched children come in with auditory processing problems and leave without them…
In our data on the 29 children diagnosed with APD, all 29 went from below normal limits to at or above normal limits in the area of auditory decoding skills. These skills include listening to soft speech, listening to filtered speech (being far away from a speaker), auditory figure ground discrimination (listening in noise), and auditory sound blending (important skill for learning to read by phonics).
While all of the children showed some improvement in the other areas of auditory processing, 22 of the 29 tested at or above normal limits in ALL areas of auditory processing (auditory decoding, prosodics, integration, organization, and association) after the program…..Combining this iLs program with the HOPE Method… I just think the results are startling… I am beside myself!!
Aimee Levin Weiner, AuD
Just wanted to pass on a story for you of one of my clients working on the iLs program. First of all, when the mom told the teacher that her child would be working on this, the teacher’s response was something like “Well… I guess if you want to waste your money…” Recently, the mom came to an iLs session and told me that the teacher is amazed at the progress in his reading. We have begun the last phase of the program and are now firmly working on the expressive component. The mom was happy to report that he is also losing his anxiety around strangers and doesn’t hang on to her like he used to. At a recent party he only clung to her for a few minutes and went right off and played with the other kids. Needless to say, mom is ecstatic about the changes!!!
I just had to share the good news!
Dawne Roy, Literacy Coach
I just wanted to reply to you to let you know what great results we had with iLs. My name is Ann Webb and I have been a pediatric nurse for over 20 years. My daughter was given auditory processing testing at school and was deficient in many areas. When I asked the school for ideas to help her improve, the special education team really didn’t have answers. I started searching the internet and decided to try iLs.
We’ve had great results at our school (Compass Montessori in Wheat Ridge) using iLs with kids ages 5 to 12. The most noticeable areas of improvement were organization, hand writing, reading and behavior. A lot of the kids would ask to do a session if they were getting “stressed out”. My five-year old son is in preschool and within a couple months went from not reading to reading kindergarten books.
We are in the process of putting together the objective data (pre- and post-program standardized state tests) and really feel like this was a great experience.
Ann Webb, RN
I wanted to pass along this information about a training that is going to be held on July 18 in Framingham. I have taken this training a few times as well as the longer 4 day training to become a listening technician at the Hallowell Center. This program is 3 times more of a program than the old AIT you may have used or heard about because of the bone conduction and movement component. Plus AIT is just done in too short of a time period to receive the full results.
I cannot say enough how the Integrated Listening Systems has help my family and me. In a few weeks my son will be completely off all medication, he no longer yells when we are right next to him, and his writing output has improved dramatically. He also has improved eye contact, social skills, and self confidence. He actually read out loud to me a whole 200 page book. He sings all the time and is so happy. All 5 of us in our family use iLs and we all have seen results.
In myself, I see my sleep has improved as well as my attention, focus, self confidence and mood. I even play the music through speakers in my office to help me keep focus to the task at hand, as a result it helps me be more productive.
For all the children/adults you work with iLs will benefit especially those who had frequent ear infections or conductive hearing loss.
The staff from OTA Watertown was in my original training class so if they are using this system….
The cost of one of the units and the training will be made up with the first child who benefits or with your own personal use (for some of you).
Please feel free to share this email with others you know who may benefit or may be interested in this training that is for professionals only.
I know this unit can help reduce the costs of special education and make other therapies more effective.
Rebecca Goniwich, iLs Trained Therapist
I wish I had 12 of these Focus units in my office!
Diane Droescher, OT
I have been using sound therapy for many years in my practice with children and teenagers with learning difficulties. Over the past 2 years I have switched to the iLs Systems and have found they give excellent gains to students with auditory processing difficulties.
I have been using this system in a school setting, running a pilot Research programme for children with literacy difficulties ( many of whom have underlying auditory processing difficulties). The early results are exciting and show more gains over a 20 week period than I expected so I am calling on other local schools here to join the study so that we can have a wider base (currently 24 children). In the SCAN C test results we found for example gains in Auditory figure ground of over twice the percentile
points in the therapy group (17 percentile point gain) compared to the control
group ( 7 percentile point gain). In our reading age testing we found an
average increase of 25 months in the therapy group compared with 6-month
gain in control group over a 6-month period of therapy.
I find the teens respond very well to the intensive programme, they enjoy the 15-minute movement programme which accompanies each session and then simply relax into the listening.
I suggest you contact the iLs home office in Colorado ( I am assuming you
are in the USA from your email) who will be able to tell you when and where
you can train in the USA.
It is a very exciting field and I wish you all the best.
Developmental Learning Centre
Just wanted to pass on that we just began our two-hundredth client. He started on our two-and-a-half year anniversary. Who knew we’d come so far so fast? We feel truly blessed to be doing what we do and are thankful every day for the opportunity to change lives. We cannot thank all of you enough for your on-going work and support.
A. Freer, iLs Trained Therapist
We continue to have many cases from local and overseas coming for iLs during the last few months. Clients from the youngest of age 4 to a little older of age 60 ? have come to us. For overseas clients, this June we have cases from Beijing and last Christmas we had from Australia. You know, all the cases just came by the words of mouth. We don’t need any advertisement. You can see the power of iLs. Here I would like to express my thankfulness again for you teaching and support for helping me to bring iLs here.
I found that iLs is especially powerful for autistic and dyslexic children. Autistic improve a lot in social and expression whereas dyslexic improve a lot in spelling and focusing. Along with the parents’ effort in the improvement of parenting, children who have emotional problems become more expressive and happy. Some of the cases who had finished the program in the last summer reported that they continue doing well in their school.
For adults who have depression, postpartum, and panic attack report good news as well. I do both psychotherapy and iLs for adults. You can see some of them reduce or even do not need to use medication. One of the clients who had finished the program in the last summer said goodbye to her chronic depression after psychotherapy and iLs. And two male clients found that they have more hair after listening ? I think they cope with stress easier than before. We are pleased to see the power of the co work of psychotherapy and iLs.
As a new practitioner, I still have a lot to learn. For examples, clients with manic episodes, pain disorder, and teenage with rebellious behaviors are the areas which I would like to learn more about.
Best wishes, J. Lamm
Hi Dr. Minson-
Hope you’re doing well. I wanted to touch base with you regarding my 2nd case study, Anastasia. She has completed 15 sessions with SI bandwidths, FSM & EHS. She has made the following progress:
- She has begun dressing herself independently
- She has become more easy going , organized & cooperative per clinic observations & Mom’s report
- She is completing bilateral coordination tasks with far greater ease
- She has become more attentive to her surroundings & now is beginning to appropriately follow conversations with others & contribute
- She is now noticing when others are speaking to her from other rooms & will ask “what?”
- She is showing improvements in recognizing boundaries for writing capital letters
For her gradual filtration stage I was planning 10 sessions, 111(10) >7. This is to give her more time with each of these frequencies considering her complicated history & significant processing deficits. I would like to maximize her time with SI bandwidths to assist in addressing remaining vestibular processing issues. Her balance will remain at 0 due to her history of seizures, I will set the bone conduction at 2.
Hope I’m on the right track! Thank you so much.
Our gains were so dramatic that our principal will buy 2 units for next years’ use. We will need some type of bill of sale so we can submit it. We are thinking of doing some type of lab next year with intense 6 weeks sessions.
Probably our most dramatic case was with our student with autism. He read on grade level with 100% comprehension on his assessment last week. He also does not get car sick anymore. I have to test this student but have tested the other four students who all had very dramatic changes on the Beery’s three subtest.
We will be running kids during the school day next year, and I have some questions about other activities they might do while listening. When is a good time to reach you to discuss by phone?
We are so excited about the results at our school!
Adams 12 School District, Colorado
Throughout my career as an Occupational Therapist, I have had the opportunity to have first-hand experience with multiple auditory stimulation programs. I have always seen gains in my clients when their sensory-motor interventions are supported with “listening therapy;” however, I can unequivocally say that iLs stands far above the rest in terms of measurable, functional gains with a wide variety of clients. Not only have we seen consistent improvements in listening and specific auditory processing skills, we have also witnessed changes in motor components such as balance and coordination, improved overall organization and regulatory skills as well as gains in academics such as decoding and reading comprehension.
Parents have even reported spontaneous changes in articulation and I was personally saddened when one my clients requested ‘chocolate’ instead of ‘chocolick’. I am very excited about the amazing changes we are seeing in our clients since we have implemented iLs into our intensive sensory-motor programs.
Julia Harper, OTR/L
Four years ago I began using EEG/Neurofeedback with my special needs students. They made steady progress, overcame vulnerabilities to seizures, became more focused, gained flexibility in their thought processes, and became more self controlled, but it took many sessions. Some were carried over to an additional school year to make the kind of gains necessary to succeed in school. Even with the length of time it took, EEG has great merit and is an educational intervention I will continue to use. This year iLs was added to our program and I saw gains that amazed me. In a fraction of the time EEG took to affect minimal change, iLs has enabled students to perform in a classroom setting, negate the need to have one on one instruction, loose a severe case of dyslexia and surprise a physician with a significant reduction of medication. The gains were more significant, deeper and much faster than I had experienced with EEG. I will use iLs as my primary intervention tool from this point forward.
Roberta VanHouten, R.N.
Neurodevelopmental Program, Hope Charter School
Winter Garden, Florida
iLs has been an excellent addition to our practice. We feel it is one of the most powerful tools for treating sensory and auditory processing disorders. The changes we see in the children we work with continue to amaze us!
Michelle Herman and Lisa Leyden
Dynamic Development Pediatric Services, Inc.
As a pediatric occupational therapist who has been practicing for over 25 years, I am continually amazed at the effectiveness of the iLs equipment with children on the autistic spectrum, who have sensory integration disorders, language based and non-verbal learning disabilities as well as other developmental delays. This equipment facilitates growth and development in the areas of motor skills, language/communication and social skills at a greater rate than any modality I have used. It is also a pleasure being associated with the Center for Inner Change, iLs’ “sister company”, and the Minsons, who offer a wealth of knowledge and experience with care and integrity. I would recommend the iLs training and equipment to any practitioner who is interested in developing their practice with this exciting, state-of-the-art technology.
Diane Levinson, OTR/L
Project CHILLD, MA
Integrated Listening Systems has been an integral part of our practice. It has enriched and enhanced the entire therapy process – a powerhouse when combined with sensory integration. Using the auditory and vestibular channel through sound therapy has been the missing link to integrating and organizing the body. The results have been phenomenal!
Melissa Chaikin Kahn, OTR and Barbara K. Burton, OTR
Sensory Self, CT
I am a speech-language pathologist and have specialized in auditory processing disorders for 16 years. My number one preferred therapy has always been the Lindamood-Bell programs and no other therapy has ever lived up to my standards until iLs. I now use a combination of the iLs and Lindamood-Bell therapies together which has produced far better results than with the Lindamood-Bell programs alone. My clients learn to visualize much faster which leads to significant improvements in their comprehension and memory in a much shorter time than with my previous techniques. I also commonly see improvements in some visual skills, auditory discrimination skills, writing, thinking processing speed, attention and focus, balance, coordination, listening in background noise, listening to muffled speech, reading, spelling, some improvement in math and overall confidence.
Certain clients have exhibited improvements other than those listed above but in my practice these are the most common improvements. Having a tool that can address areas that I was unable to reach before has been very exciting as a therapist. iLs is also pleasant and easy. Previous to incorporating iLs the therapies utilized in my clinic were demanding and hard work for therapist, parent and child. Although I still use these techniques, I use them in a modified form and do parent teaching so parents can use these tools at home. The children need much less practice with the techniques because iLs has increased their skills and abilities so that everything taught to them is learned more easily and rapidly. iLs is also a great tool for increasing speech and language skills. I had a four year old boy who spoke in one word utterances, was unintelligible to those outside of family members more than 50% of the time and was not toilet trained.
I have personally found that the effects of iLs are greatly enhanced when incorporating other therapies along with it, however, we did nothing but iLs with this little boy. By the end of the program his speech improved by 50%, he spoke in 3 to 6 word sentences and he was toilet trained. He also exhibited much more confidence. I highly recommend iLs to speech-language pathologists and every other type of therapist. It truly is a highly effective, fun and pleasant therapy. It has changed my life as well as many of the lives of my clients.
Janell Schicker, M.A., CCC-SLP