Listening Therapy: Tools for Physical Therapists
Unyte programs are a natural fit for PT practices, whether in clinic, school or home environments. In addition to enhancing a PT’s sensory integration work, it is also an effective rehab tool, addresses users’ vestibular systems and is easily customized for different therapeutic objectives, program lengths, and client needs.
How do I integrate Unyte programs into my PT practice?
iLs is a flexible therapy which is done simultaneously with PT activities in clinic, school and/or home.
- The 3 components of iLs: auditory, motor and interactive language – can be used together or independently, depending upon the situation and the needs of the individual. Most pediatric PTs use the iLs auditory component simultaneous to their regular activities, and take specific pieces of the iLs motor program as applicable.
- Clinic Programs: Most clinic programs involve 15-40 sessions, with each session being 30-60 minutes in length.
- Clinic + Home Programs: To supplement the frequency of clinic therapy, iLs has a rental program for your clients. iLs handles the equipment, shipping, etc. and you oversee the therapy. More frequency = better results.
- School Programs: iLs can be combined with PT in a school setting very effectively. School personnel can be trained to conduct iLs sessions in the absence of the PT so that the frequency required for improvement may occur. For specifics on school implementation please see the Educator page or contact iLs.
iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system. As a result, it addresses many symptoms:
- Learning Difficulties (e.g. reading, attention, language and auditory processing)
- Autism and other neurodevelopmental challenges
- Sensory Processing
- Cognitive Functions related to stroke/head injury rehabilitation
- Performance Optimization, including processing speed, sleep, creativity and self-expression.
How it works
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 can build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age. iLs trains 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.