The iLs methodology integrates music, movement and language exercises for the purpose of improving brain function. iLs programs are designed to be fun, and may be used on their own or in conjunction with other methods.
We train for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills.
“What we are doing, by targeting subcortical functions, is improving brain organization from the bottom up.” Ron Minson, MD, iLs Clinical Director, in The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, MD.
What we do best:
– EMOTIONAL/PHYSICAL SELF-REGULATION: regulate both physiological and emotional state
– SELF-CONFIDENCE/SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT: address confidence and willingness to communicate with others
– SENSORY INTEGRATION: process sensory input easily
– LANGUAGE & COGNITIVE PROCESSING: improve receptive/expressive language, higher executive functions
The iLs Family of Tools Include:
Safe and Sound Protocol™ (SSP)
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the SSP is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience.
By calming the behavioral and physiological state, further therapy is enhanced or even accelerated. The SSP is ideal as an introductory therapy for those experiencing high levels of stress, especially related to trauma, autism and anxiety, as well as those with auditory sensitivities.
Application: Trauma, Auditory Hypersensitivity, Pre-Therapy Preparation
Ideal for: Psychologists and Mental Health professionals, Occupational Therapists and Speech/Language professionals
The Dreampad is a comfortable, therapeutic pillow that helps reduce stress and induce sleep. Controlled by an App, its patented technology delivers music through gentle vibration, and is only heard by the user. The Dreampad is supported by research which suggests that the bone conducted music is activating the body’s relaxation response (parasympathetic nervous system).
Applications: Sleep, Relaxation, Calming
Ideal for: Anyone dealing with stress, anxiety, emotional state or sleep issues.
iLs Focus™ Series
The iLs Focus Series is iLs’ core therapy: a multi-sensory program which combines auditory, balance and visual exercises. All Focus systems include music programs loaded onto an iTouch, air/bone conduction headphones, and Integration Kit (movement and balance equipment and guidebook). The Focus Series allows clinicians and educators to select specific iLs programs to be loaded onto the iPod for their clients’ needs.
Applications: Learning Difficulties, Autism, Trauma, Head in Injury and Stroke Rehab, Vagal Tone, Performance
Ideal for: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Educators, Autism Specialists, Psychologists and Mental Health professionals
The VoicePro is an exciting and unique tool designed to help children and adults improve various auditory processing skills. The VoicePro is applicable for all ages and abilities relevant to: articulation, phonemic awareness, auditory memory, auditory figure ground and dichotic listening. Therapists working with children on the autism spectrum also use the VoicePro as an effective social training tool.
Applications: Auditory Processing, Expressive and Receptive Language Skills, Social Engagement
Ideal for: Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Autism Specialists