iLs and Star Institute
iLs is more than just a listening therapy. As a truly multi-sensory program, iLs integrates sound with movement.
iLs is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.
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.
“And then iLs came around and we thought, Oh my goodness, this is what we’ve been looking for. This is that magic tool in our kit.” – Jill Sengbusch, MA/CCC-SLP
iLs Home Program
The iLs Home Program supports your use of iLs at home, whether you are doing the program on your own or supplementing a clinical program. This listening therapy program provides you with equipment through a rental plan as well as a personal coach who monitors your program via phone and email.
The program is both fun and challenging, and it can be customized for any skill level. While iLs is not complicated to implement at home, it does require commitment, planning and some guidance. To ensure you have a successful experience, instruction and supervision are included in the price of the program.
iLs Programs are typically 30-60 minutes in length, 2-5 times per week over a 2-6 month period.
Each Dreampad™ delivers music through gentle, calming vibration which only you can hear. The process brings about a relaxation response from the body and mind which has been described in some feedback as a “massage to the nervous system.”
Dreampad has been shown to reduce stress, improve sleep, decrease sensory hypersensitivity, and is acceptable for all ages.
My daughter is 2 weeks from completing iLs. It has been nothing short of miraculous for us. ADHD runs on BOTH sides of my families. She also has visual and auditory processing issues but only moderate. Her reading scores increased an entire grade level in just a few months. She is calmer too…It’s been a miracle for us! She loves the sessions and her therapist. They make it fun.
iLs never advertises itself as a magic cure for ADHD and SPD, and it’s not. Instead, the program is designed to be used continuously over several weeks, gradually helping clients improve focus, attention span, and self-control. I like that it’s part of an overall lifestyle change – one that we’ve really benefited from making.
We are doing great and enjoying the program. My son has experienced some pretty big growth since starting, a big one has been with his fear around water. At the beginning of the season he was terrified of being in water, even with a life jacket, and would cling to me. Very quickly his confidence increased and he was comfortable swimming around with his life jacket. As of last week he was so confident he wanted to swim without his life jacket and was able to. We are 34 sessions in.
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