Do you rely on stories to explain iLs? We understand because you have so many great ones! iLs stories and case studies are great ways to explain how iLs works and the results we see, and remember, there is also a lot of science to back up your anecdotes.
To make it easier for you to explain iLs to your clients and colleagues, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you to use as you discuss the science behind iLs and iLs’ holistic family of products with your clients and colleagues.
Our Clinical Director, Ron Minson, MD, speaks at many different conferences and symposiums. He has a very clear and understandable way of describing how and why iLs is effective. We’ll be featuring some videos of his talks on our website; following are some short video segments that help to explain a few key concepts:
On the importance of sub-cortical processing and the bottom-up approach of iLs, Dr. Ron stresses, “the more simultaneous multi-sensory stimulation, the better brain function is going to be.”
On the importance of movement, Dr. Ron explains, “without body organization, you won’t have brain organization.”
Here, Dr. Ron gives a brief summary of how iLs works.
Quick! You have 3 floors on an elevator to explain iLs to someone. What do you say?
Here’s a suggestion:
iLs helps improve body/brain organization and function in people of all ages! The iLs method is based on science … the brain changes in response to stimulation. And this happens throughout out entire lifespan! Isn’t that awesome?!
To accomplish this, iLs uses a multisensory intervention … organizing the body (think of it like the foundation), then organizing the brain, getting ready for higher cognitive functions, like reading, memory, attention. And, if you’re anxious or stressed, it’s much easier to self-regulate to a state of calm. It works!
iLs helps improve brain organization and function in people of all ages! The iLs method is based on the science of neuroplasticity – that is, that the brain grows, changes and creates new pathways in response to stimulation and input from the environment. This is why iLs uses a repeated, simultaneous, multisensory approach.
And because body organization is essential for optimal brain function, we combine movement with our music and language components. Last, a client’s ability to accept new learning is influenced by their physiological or emotional state To address this, iLs offers tools to help with state regulation. Together, these lay the foundation for higher cognitive functions like reading, processing, memory and emotional regulation. This is a “bottom up” approach to brain development. It makes sense, since this is the way the brain grows and develops.
Last, since stories of client success really are great examples for how effective iLs is, we’d like to collect more. Please share your favorite iLs story with us!
Short vignettes are perfect. Simply share the experience of a client in a few sentences. Include photos and videos (with the client’s or their parents’ approval) if you have them. In fact, if you even want to share your story quickly over the phone, we can write it up for you. We will highlight these on social media and on our website. The more, the better: your experience may give an idea to another therapist or parent with a client or child with a similar situation. And more people being helped is a good thing.
For those who enjoy digging in and reading the research, the following are a few studies that we’d recommend. Many more iLs-specific research articles and case studies are available on the Research page on our website.
Effectiveness of iLs in meeting therapeutic goals for children with sensory over-responsivity and auditory processing problems and in affecting physiological state:
Research by Drs. Sarah Schoen, Lucy Miller and Jillian Sullivan of the SPD Foundation published in Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention in July, 2015.
Effectiveness of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) in improving auditory processing and state regulation:
The second of two peer-reviewed studies involving a total of 292 children using an early version of the SSP led by Dr. Stephen Porges and published in International Journal of Psychophysiology in June, 2013.
Effectiveness of the Dreampad in improving sleep quality:
Columbia University Medical Center’s Dr. Sharon Gutman led this study published in OJTR: Occupation, Participation and Health in October 2016.