We envision a world where all people are equipped to exercise their talents in search of personal and social fulfillment.
Our mission is to help individuals of all ages elevate their quality of life by improving brain function and emotional resilience through music, movement, technology and education.
iLs was founded in Denver, CO in 2007 as the first neurotechnology company to systematically integrate music, movement and language exercises for the purpose of improving brain function. The premise behind the new multisensory program was that these combined modalities, when implemented on a repeated basis, would provide a holistic brain training for improving cognition as well as emotional health. In the first year of training educators and clinicians, it was clear that we were on to something; clinical results showed consistently better learning, attention, behavior and performance as a result of the improved ability to integrate sensory input.
Nine years and many research projects later, the iLs community has grown to more than 9,000 professionals in over 30 countries, serving hundreds of thousands of children and adults. These professionals play an invaluable role in helping iLs continually refine the program by providing feedback from the field and participating in new research and product trials.
As an employer, iLs strives to be community minded and sensitive to the needs of our diverse team. All products are assembled, shipped and supported from Colorado, and our employee benefits are within the top 3% of those offered by small companies in the US.
iLs has deep roots in two distinct modalities of therapy: sound and movement. Many of the techniques iLs uses for treating music were developed decades ago in Europe, where sound therapy was used effectively to help those with attention and reading difficulties. By focusing on specific frequency bandwidths, therapists discovered they could improve function in three critical areas required for learning: sensorimotor function, language and attention/motivation.
The sensory and movement component of iLs was developed from research showing the positive effect of balance, coordination and visual exercises used on children’s ability to learn. As iLs has progressed over the years, we have found that the effect of specific movement activities extends to the cognitive function and emotional health of adults as well as children.
The iLs language component, the VoicePro™, employs unique audio technology and is the first language program to integrate expressive language exercises with movement. Our ability to process information, plan thoughts, and express them is intertwined with the areas of the brain involved in movement and balance. By exercising these interconnected areas at the same time, we are able to increase ‘transference’, i.e. transfer the improvements beyond the clinical setting to the real world.
The iLs program was designed by co-founders Kate O’Brien Minson, Randall Redfield and Clinical Director Ron Minson, MD, in a staged manner so that the combined modalities of music, movement and language begin at a relatively easy level and gradually become more difficult. The program is customized for all levels so that most people find it fun and engaging, setting in motion an upward spiral of confidence and success as they progress through the program.
Organizations We Sponsor
The mission of AIS is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence of stress management in education, research, clinical care and the workplace. Diverse and inclusive, The American Institute of Stress educates medical practitioners, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts research; and provides information, training and techniques to prevent human illness related to stress.
The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory investigates the biology of auditory learning. Seeing first-hand the potential for biological change—from single neurons in animal models to aggregate brain activity in humans—galvanizes us to apply the principles of neuroscience to the study of human communication and treatment of its disorders.
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is dedicated to sharing information about the effects of trauma and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.
Sleep researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are dedicated to studying physiological and behavioral factors influencing sleep and circadian rhythms across early childhood and to better understanding how sleep and circadian rhythms affect young children’s emotional, cognitive, social, and brain development. The Lab is also engaged in intervention research to prevent and treat sleep problems in early life. The Lab is committed to educating the general public through dissemination of research findings and to providing research training experiences to students.
The STAR Institute’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with SPD, and their families by providing:
- Comprehensive assessment and effective intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder
- Rigorous research with our collaborating university-based research partners
- Education for caregivers, pediatric professionals, and educators; and
- Advocacy for official recognition of SPD worldwide.
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