We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type.
In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.
iLs is used by some of the top clinics in the world to address the following challenges:
- sensory processing,
- auditory processing;
- and speech-related difficulties.
While iLs is not complicated to implement at home, it does require commitment, planning and some guidance. iLs Programs are typically 30-60 minutes in length, 2-5 times per week over a 2-6 month period. To ensure you have a successful experience, instruction and supervision are included in the price of the program.
I wanted to give you an update on our progress using iLs at home, my daughter (adopted, age 7, sensory and attention issues) does rhythmic gymnastics—it’s a very high energy sport and many low energy exercises won’t hold her interest. But her focus is ALWAYS off, which makes it difficult to teach her. However, yesterday after 5 ILS sessions, her coach was simply amazed. She called me to ask what was different. She said she was completely focused, and when she got distracted was able to refocus immediately. Learned so much and was able to do so much more. Also, today she had a friend over, and was able to sit and play for two hours! Unheard of in the past. Something’s different, for sure.
Steven is on #29 of the sensory program and wow, we are so excited with the progress!! The best way I can describe it is as if a fog has lifted from his head. I feel like we are getting to know the “real” Steven now and other people have even noticed he seems happier and just more in the moment. I had no idea of what to expect with this program but so far I am really impressed. So we are definitely continuing and I’ll keep you updated as we go along.
Some things I have noted and feel are due to the program are 1. The ability to go on amusement rides, 2.down slides in the playground, 3.coordinated to ride his bike 4.and scooter,5. almost fully potty trained, 6. Sleeping better at night, and so much more! I really feel my son has come full circle on a lot of issues we were having. With the help of his therapist and the use of this program, I feel he has grown so much. Thank you so much!!!
iLs has trained over 8,000 professionals since 2008, and has supported research wherever possible. We are fortunate to have had a number of professional researchers measure the effect of the iLs program on a variety of conditions. These include reading, attention, sensory processing, auditory processing, academics, coordination, sleep, PTSD, head injury and autism.
The Science & Research Underlying iLs
iLs is a type of exercise which requires the brain to process information from different sources at the same time. As you move through an iLs program, the amount, and type, of information is very gradually increased. We start with music and movement, and then integrate language and cognitive tasks. The result is that you gain confidence as you acquire new skills, and you are also challenged to improve and to meet the new levels of difficulty.