Integrative Behavioral Therapy for Regulation and Resilience
Have you ever found yourself flooded with emotions which led to an outburst when an unpredicted situation arose? Self-regulation is our ability to manage our emotions and behavior in response to these situations. The flexibility to adapt quickly to changing situations is called resilience.
Children and Behavior Issues
Kids don’t misbehave in the classroom because they choose to misbehave. Misbehavior is a result of internal frustration from the inability to regulate their state and stop the impulsive behavior. Transitions are challenging, and change is met with resistance. It’s difficult to recover when things don’t go their way.
In most cases, the cause of the behavior hasn’t been identified or addressed. Typically, more time is spent enforcing punishment than finding the source of the struggle. Consequences typically don’t work, and the effort to enforce them is exhausting for parents and teachers. The student is left feeling frustrated and misunderstood.
Adults and Behavior Issues
In adults, the inability to inhibit responses can result in disruptive, broken relationships at home and at work. Reactions to the smallest inconvenience can be overblown and misunderstood. Think about it: if you’re late for something important because of traffic and someone cuts you off, don’t you find that you react more strongly than normal? You’re usually so calm! Do you find yourself trying to box that person out of a lane? You’re not a vindictive person! When you’re angry, isn’t it harder to consider the other person’s perspective? You’re normally very empathetic!
How you feel at any given time – your physiological state – is central to your emotional regulation, behavior, and resilience.
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How does iLs help Behavior and Regulation?
Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
The SSP is a five-day intervention using the auditory system as a portal to the autonomic nervous system, which regulates our state and access to impulse control. The specially modulated music of the SSP stimulates the vagus nerve and balances physiological state.
The Focus System improves sensory processing through the therapeutic treatment of the music, bone conduction delivery and movement activities. This activates the part of the brain where dopamine is produced. In turn, dopamine stimulates the attention centers of the brain, bringing them online for focused attention and behavior regulation.
A pilot study of Integrated Listening Systems for children with Sensory Processing Problems
Dr. Sarah Schoen measured the physiological state and arousal effects in children with Sensory Processing Disorder who participated in 40-sessions of the Sensory & Motor Program. Her published research study demonstrated sustained long-term improvements.
Autism, Sensory Integration; Behavioral State Regulation
“School work has improved. She raised her hand and answered a question to her peers in 1st grade; teacher had never seen this before. Doing homework has improved substantially. Fewer reversed writing of letters or numbers. She followed directions at the doctor and answered all questions appropriately. Pediatrician noticed the significant changes from her last visit. She can approach someone, make eye contact and say “Hi, what’s your name?” Continued improvements in all functional behaviors, listed above.”
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The new school year is better than ever before, especially in the mornings, which we have had trouble with for years. Jakeb is a different kid after the Focus System. I only wish we would have found it sooner. No crashing, no clumsiness, less shouting, less tics, and almost no meltdowns. My heart is soaring!!! We are thinking of renting to own to continue doing other programs. So grateful and have been telling everyone I know that could benefit from it to use it!!! So thrilled! And he is so much more confident as we praise him so often now for self control! Best thing that ever happened to us!
I have seen a complete shift in my son’s ability to control his emotions & avoid meltdowns. He is more receptive to re-direction and better grasps the consequences of his actions. He is more focused and less oppositional/argumentative. He is still his quirky self, but it is like this therapy has cleared the cobwebs, calmed and centered him more so that he can be more fully himself, as well as more comfortable and confident in his skin.