Feedback from Clinicians
Individual: 3 year old male; Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder
Results (posted to iLs Facebook page): My son is almost 3 and has a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder and autism. I am a Speech Pathologist so he has been receiving early intervention since I noticed some red flags at 15 months. About 2 months ago he REGRESSED significantly with his sleep so as I result we have tried everything to get him to sleep (other than drugs). We got the Dreampad 2 days and he took to it IMMEDIATELY. Instead of tossing, turning, walking around, staring, etc. he actually WENT TO BED. Not at 1:30 am but at 8:30. I feel like this is a ‘feel it’ and ‘see it’ to believe it item. If you are a parent or SLP who has a parent that asks about sleep, feel free to have them contact me. I can’t rave enough about it. Thank you, iLs!
Janine Phillips Fisher
Individual: boy, age 8; sensory processing, attention and behavior challenges
Results: I am an occupational therapist and mom of two boys, one of whom has attention, sensory processing and some behavioral challenges. I purchased an iLs Dreampad at Christmas time and have been letting my 2 sons use it, alternating each night. Their schedule got mixed up and my ‘sensory’ son ended up without the Dreampad for 2 nights in a row. After a couple nights of bad sleep, very bad behavior resulted. Once we got him back on the Dreampad he slept well and the behavior improved immediately. We now make sure he gets the pillow every night. This is what we have noticed since the beginning of January:
He is asleep within 30 min or less and is rested when he wakes up
He is less reactive during school work (fight or flight response with assignments)
He is more emotionally relaxed and stable
He will go and begin his school work without a fight
He is happier and easier to interact with when things do not go his way
Thanks to all of you and your hard work there at Integrated Listening Systems!!! My son is much happier and it is great!
Individual: Male; age 5; autism
Usage: at home, every night for two weeks
Results: During the trial period with the Dreampad, P’s sleep and calming habits improved. He would seek to increase regulation and calm himself.
Parents reported their son loved the music and “Significantly Better” observed changes in the areas of: stress level, sensory sensitivity, behavior, prep for clinic program and daytime functioning. They purchased a Dreampad after the trial period.
Individual: Male; age 9; ADHD diagnosis, motor and language deficits; anxiety, unable to sleep past 6 am since infancy
Usage: At home, every night for over two months. (Starts out sleeping on his side, but ends up sleeping on his stomach but the side of his head stayed on the pillow)
Results: Before trying the iLs Dreampad, child had completed 1 full summer of the iLs Total Focus program and the iLs Interactive Language Program. Each piece resulted in improvements for him.
He tried the Dreampad and his meltdowns were reduced substantially, as was anxiety. He even “slept-in” till 8:00 am one day and 10:30 am another day (the latter after having gone to sleep at 10 pm following an event the night before). First time ever!
Individual: female; age 8; ADHD and anxiety
Usage: 1 week
Results: She had a good experience using the Dreampad. The music immediately relaxed her and helped her get to sleep more easily. She also took responsibility to choose the music she wanted to hear.
Individual:Female; age 12; SPD; Anxiety; CAPD; Dyslexia
Usage: at home, every night for over 2 weeks
Results: Comment from parent: “Much calmer at nighttime; less restlessness and movement during sleep; better disposition for morning routine”
Comment from OT: Great tool to prepare this child for the iLs clinic program, she was struggling with bone conduction tolerance in the iLs headphone-based program – rapid escalation to dizziness; pallor; nausea. Now she is able to progress with the preliminary clinic program for longer duration, better tolerance and increased compliance.
Individual: boy with autism, age 2, feeding, sensory, language and sleep difficulties
Usage: Mom put Dreampad in bed while D was asleep, he woke up and pushed it away. 3rd – 5th night he slept on it while music was playing. Now mom uses it after D has fallen asleep and he doesn’t mind waking up to it.
Results: Within 2 weeks of using Dreampad he began tolerating BC headphones in clinic therapy. Quote from mom: “His language is improving, he now has a new word each day, he transitions to new tasks more easily. He is exploring new foods but still occasionally gags.”
Individual: Male, age 6, autism
Usage: Put in bed when asleep, first 2 nights he woke up and pushed it aside (possibly did not hear music); Turned up volume on 3rd night and he heard it and said “I hear music.” Slept with pillow every night thereafter for 1 month. Mom: “He loved it.”
Results: “Noticed better enunciation and more words once he was using the Dreampad nightly.” Mother has requested to buy the Dreampad.
Individual: Female; age 4; difficulty sleeping, sensory integration delays, torticollis as infant, gross motor delays as infant
Usage: at home every night for over a month
Results: The child was crying during sleep as a result of anxiety and was having a difficult time falling asleep. With the use of the Dreampad she would fall asleep within 15 minutes and was not crying during her sleep. When the pillow was not used, crying during sleep resumed. She was also unable to tolerate the bone conduction on the headset however within 7 days of using the pillow she no longer complained that the headset was hurting her.
Individual: Male; age 5; tactile sensitivities; visual processing and vestibular dysfunction.
Usage: used at home every night for over a month
Results: Prior to using the Dreampad, W took approximately 1 hour to “wind down” and go to sleep. The 1st night he used it he fell asleep in 5 minutes, and the 2nd night he fell asleep in 2 minutes (as his mom set a timer). He consistently goes to sleep within 5 minutes of putting his head on the Dreampad and will avoid putting his head on the pillow if he wants to stay awake until mom “catches him” doing that behavior. W stated after the 1st week “classical music is awesome” and reports “when I sleep on my music pillow, I don’t have bad dreams.” He carries it with him when he visits his grandparents/sleeps away from home and he always “double checks” to be certain his mom didn’t forget to pack it.
Individual: Female; age 7; auditory processing deficits, sleep dificulties
Usage: at home, 4-6 times per week, for over a month
Results: This child had trouble falling sleep and at times complaint of taking a looooonnnnngggg time to fall asleep. Now she looks forward to her Dreampad and “races her pillow to sleep” and always wins.
Individual: Male; age 5; dyspraxia, SPD, expressive and receptive language disabilities
Usage: 3x per week, awake and asleep for 3 months
Results: Decreased nightmares, improved ability to fall/stay asleep by ~ 50%; decreased enuresis by 75%
Individual: Oppositional defiant disorder SPD
Usage: 2 months at home
Results: Decreased anxiety and improved behavior around going to sleep, improved ability to fall and stay asleep by ~ 85%
Individual: female, age 9; brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy
Usage: Client was using the iLs Sensory Motor Program but was not tolerant of bone conduction; in fact, even the lowest levels of bone conduction caused extremely negative reactions. Dreampad was introduced to child and she embraced it from Day One.
Results: “After the 3rd night using the Dreampad, bone conduction was attempted during the iLs Sensory Motor Program and well tolerated. In addition to improved bone conduction tolerance, we observed several other notable improvements during the 6-weeks of pillow use: decreased night waking, improved behavior upon waking and improved compliance with morning routines, and reduced anxiety. We continue to use the Dreampad frequently as our daughter requests ‘her music’ at bedtime.”
Individual: Female; age 6; PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, sensory hypersensitivity, vestibular, auditory and visual discrimination problems, dyspraxia, microcephaly, and FAS, expressive/receptive language delays, in foster care
Usage: Used in clinic twice and then took home and used at bedtime for 2 weeks
Results: Reduced general anxiety, had calming effect; increased sleep, increased tolerance for other types of sound therapy equipment involving headphones
Individual: Male; N/A; PTSD, stuttering, in foster care, prenatal exposure substance abuse
Usage: Used 1x per week during clinic visits for 2 months
Results: Client used the Dreampad to calm self initially while lying down but then was more organized after use and better able to follow verbal directions.
Individual: Male; age 5; SPD, difficulty sleeping
Usage: At hotel during intensives (visiting STAR Center from abroad)
Results: Mom said it was first time child was able to fall asleep and stay asleep “in ages”; doubly surprised since they were in foreign environment of a hotel; wants to buy pillow.
Individual: Female; age 5; SPD, tantrums, often for 1-2 hours continually;
Usage: Doing iLs Focus (headphone-based iLs program) at home which was helping until mom got sick and was not able get Focus program done for a number of days. Parent called therapist saying “K” was ‘falling apart’ as iLs Focus sessions weren’t happening. Therapist gave mom Dreampad.
Results: Total use was for 6 days. After 2 nights using Dreampad tantrums were reduced to 15 min per day (from 1-2 hours). Starting with 3rd night, tantrums reduced to 5 in and were controllable. Quote from mom: “K’s face and attitude show less fear and depression. Wow, this was great! This got K over the edge and back to ‘normal’. In a period where we had no way of doing iLs and things were falling apart, this was a savior. I would use it again in a time of crisis but I question if it can build strength and change as much as the regular iLs program.”
Individual: Male, age 5, autism
Usage: Used nightly to fall asleep for a period of 1 week, loved it
Results: After using for 1 week he is now transitioning to BC headphones with no problem; still uses Dreampad on nights when he is not sleepy.
Individual: Male; 27 months; autism, SPD, feeding issues, gagging, sound sensitivity
Usage: Home use, 4x per week after falling asleep, 45-60 min
Results: Prior to Dreampad would not do iLs program at all; he is now tolerating iLs much better, increasing session length gradually.
Individual: Female; age 7; dyspraxia, SPD, expressive and receptive language disabilities
Usage: At home 4x per week awake and asleep for 3 months
Results: Decreased disrupted sleep, nightmares, improved ability to fall/stay asleep ~25-50%.
Individual: Male; Age 10 years; nonverbal non-reader; autism diagnosis
Usage: one day, began to vocalize
Results: I had brought out the Dreampad for the first time to trial the child’s response/reaction. He is nonverbal, and when we were set to trial it, Mom discovered he had put two glass beads up his nose. Clearly they had to be removed (x-rays are pending in case there were more.) He was hurting, already hitting his head, crying and then bit his mother.
I came up behind him with the Dreampad playing and gently rested it between us, he stopped, calmed, we were able to stroke the beads out of his nose. The behaviorist had previously assisted at two very traumatic haircutting sessions. During the beads (yes, sadly there was a second one!) He came to us agitated, crying, then calmed, laid on their couch, relaxed into the process, all removals successful, he then calmed a bit more and explored the Dreampad. When he was done, he started to vocalize and ‘sing’, then moved to another place calmly and began to interact and play vocal sound games with me.
The entire team and family were stunned!! I was not at the haircutting, but this was apparently unlike anything the mom, and others had ever seen in his life!!
Individual: boy, age 8, sleep difficulties, anxiety
Results: This Dreampad was purchased for an 8-year-old client (I am an OT) who had difficulty sleeping outside of his mother’s bedroom and difficulty staying asleep through the night.
The first night in use – the child was able to sleep through the night. The Dreampad was then used as a transitional tool over the next three weeks to get him to sleep in his own bed. It was successful. This is an extremely useful tool.
Individuals: children with autism, anxiety, sleep
Results: I run a small clinic and have quite a few clients with sleep and anxiety issues. These factors create difficulty with progression of therapy and often make use of iLs in clinic challenging. The iLs Dreampad has helped tremendously with prep for in clinic listening as well as addressing sleep issues interfering with cooperation and performance. Have seen some amazing results.
Individual: 4-year old boy, autism
Results: I am seeing a 4 year old child who is currently functioning at a very low level– cognitively and physically. He had difficulty falling asleep and would wake up whining and crying each morning. Mom noticed, during their 3-week trial of the iLs Dreampad, that instead of crying to sleep and wake up, with the pillow he would laugh and smile himself to sleep and enjoyed listening/dancing to it in his crib when he woke up. Mom said “If that is the only benefit we ever see from using it, it’s worth the money!” and purchased one for him the next week! This was four weeks ago. He continues to enjoy hearing the music to fall asleep and dances in his crib when he wakes up each morning!
I am an SLP in an outpatient rehab facility. We loan out our iLs Dreampad for 3 week periods so our kids can trial it at home before their parents decide to purchase one themselves.
Kaycie Rogers, SLP
Individual: Adults and children undergoing acupuncture
Results: During treatment clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression
Although my employment of the iLs Dreampad is rather unusual; it is serving my purpose well thus far. I use the Dreampad for my acupuncture patients while they are resting with needles. Not one of the 17 I have used it with complain and the majority ask for it if I forget to tuck it under they’re Dreampad. It is particularly helpful for patients suffering from anxiety disorders and general stress.
Individual: clients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression
Results: The iLs Dreampad has consistently improved the sleep of every patient who has used it. There has also been symptom reduction in patients suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and various childhood disorders. The iLs Dreampad is easy to use and convenient as its thin profile fits into a suitcase for travel. The new lower price makes it more affordable for my patients.
Dr. Craig Weiss, psychologist
Individual: pediatric clients at OT clinic
Results: Most clients experience significantly improved ability to fall asleep when using the Dreampad. Their parents also noted decreased over all stress and decreased behaviors over the course of the day.
We also use the iLs Dreampad as a stepping stone for the full iLs listening therapy for children who are very sensitive to bone conduction of the headphones. Again, this proves to be very successful and we are able to move clients from the Dreampad to the headphones after a couple of weeks.
Individual: boy, age 5, sleeping difficulties, anxiousness
Usage: nightly for 5 weeks
Results: I have a child who has been using the iLs Dreampad for about 3 weeks, with great results! He is sleeping through the night for the first time in 5 years (his whole life) and finally he and Mom are getting some rest! His family has now purchased the iLs Focus 200 for him to do the regular iLs Program during the day.