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Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Podcast: Episode 32 – A Life Lived – Changing Lives with Sound (Tribute to Ron Minson, MD)

Courtesy of the Safe & Sound Protocol Podcast and iLs Australia

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Ron Minson, M.D.

Join us in a special gathering of Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) instructors as they pay tribute to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Ron Minson, MD, whose pioneering contributions have touched countless lives. Dr. Ron’s journey, from his medical training at the UCLA School of Medicine to his pivotal role in revolutionizing sound therapy, is a testament to his unwavering dedication to healing and innovation.

“Dr. Minson served as Chief of Psychiatry for Presbyterian Medical Center and Director of Behavioral Sciences at Mercy Hospital in Denver,” writes host Joanne McIntyre, OTR/L. “However, his life took a radical new pathway when he witnessed the successful treatment of his daughter for severe depression and dyslexia from a sound therapy program. He subsequently chose to devote his life to learning about the power of filtered sound in clinical application, [and] developed programs and taught practitioners so more people could heal from sound and bone conduction therapy.”

The Impact of the Integrated Listening System: A Conversation Among Clinicians

“In the time I have been an eyewitness to Dr. Minson’s trajectory in the field of psychoacoustics, the branch of psychology concerned with sound and its physiological effects,” says his wife Kate Minson, “I have noted a few common themes that run through his professional life story: a willingness to go boldly into uncharted territory, an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and an equally passionate desire to help people.”

This episode delves into the impact of the Integrated Listening System (ILS), and Dr. Minson’s goal of providing a more affordable and multisensory therapy. Joanne is joined by clinicians Doreen Hunt, Ann Brownstone, Dillen Hartley and Marianne Judd, who reflect on their transformative experiences with Dr. Ron and his work with clients in their clinical practices.

Gratitude and Reflections

“You will sense the gratitude we all feel to have been a part of the iLs family and the privilege it was to be able to teach the work,” Joanne adds.

Listen to the full episode for an inspiring journey into the legacy of Dr. Ron Minson, MD, and the profound impact of the ILS.

Key Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • ILS, a multisensory program incorporating movement with filtered music and bone conduction, connecting the sensory-motor system
  • The power of breath and voice with breath, and the impact on the nervous system
  • Sound as healing, study with Dr. Tomatis, and the iLs’ foundation in neuroscience and neurodevelopment
  • Dr. Ron and Kate Minson, knowledge way before their time, and their leadership through care
  • Dr. Ron’s legacy: integrating air and bone conduction in a single program; the ear-to-brain connection; and bottom-up integration to build a foundation for integration
About the Host Joanne McIntyre

Joanne McIntyre is an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience. She completed her Master’s of Science, majoring in psychology, while residing in the U.S. for 23 years, during which she founded a therapy practice including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists, in addition to being an instructor for Integrated Listening Systems.

Joanne pursued specialty training in various clinical interventions and treatment programs that identify and address the underlying neurological causes of state regulation, learning and behavior, versus focusing on symptomology. Her training included Board Certification in Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback training, Neurodevelopmental (NDT), SIPT Certification, Interactive Metronome and Advanced iLs Pro training, EMDR, and Intro IFS training.

Joanne returned to Australia in 2015 and is Clinical Director of Integrated Listening Australia, providing practitioner training and clinical support to clinicians and families in the SSP, Focus System, Pro-System and iom2. Joanne commenced Ph.D. studies at La Trobe University within the School of Psychology and Public Health, investigating the neurobehavioral underpinnings of the Safe and Sound Protocol intervention developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, supported by the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC).

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