What is iLs?

What is iLsiLs is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function. It is an enjoyable activity, or “exercise,” which can be customized for all ages and skill levels for implementation in clinic, school or home.

iLs programs improve emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information
With improved regulation and processing, our ability to focus, think, and engage successfully in social situations also improves.


iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems and their function: auditory, visual, vestibular (balance and coordination), motor, cognitive (thinking and reasoning)  and emotional.  As a result, it is successfully applied to a wide variety of conditions:

  • Learning Building the skills which enable success in school: attention, reading, visual and auditory processing, memory, self-expression, social skills
  • Performance Optimization –  Improving processing speed and timing (athletics), creativity and imagination (arts and business),  self–esteem and self-confidence (personal development)
  • Neuro-Developmental, ASDAchieving therapeutic goals related to emotional and behavioral regulation, sensory processing, communication and social skills; examples: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy
  • Psychological/EmotionalImproving attention, emotional balance and vitality
  • RehabilitationRecovering energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function (memory, organization, planning) after a stroke or head injury


To learn more about the science underlying iLs, see How iLs Works

Ron Minson, M.D. & 
Edward Hallowell, M.D.: 
“How iLs Works”

iLs Programs

Expanding upon the psychoacoustic techniques originally developed in Europe and refined over the past 20 years in the U.S. by iLs’ management, iLs programs combine auditory stimulation with balance, movement and visual motor activities. Each product has a specific listening schedule, which includes movement activities performed simultaneous with the listening. These movement activities comprise 15-20 minutes of each listening session, and are explained in a Playbook which accompanies each product.

iLs Program Structure

iLs clinic programs are typically 20-40 sessions in length, with a frequency of 3 or more sessions per week. Each session is 60-80 minutes long, with 15-20 minutes allotted for the integration activities. The balance of each session is spent doing creative and/or relaxing activities such as drawing, puzzles, fine-motor games, or just relaxing in a comfortable chair.

iLs school programs are typically 40-60 sessions in length, with each listening session being 60 minutes. A school program is typically completed over a 3-month period, i.e. within one semester.

iLs home programs are designed to be flexible; listening sessions can be either 30 or 60 minutes in length. The entire program is typically completed over 3-5 months, depending upon the type of program.

Additional Information

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