Just wanted to let you know how things are going with my son (age 4, sensory processing challenges) using the iLs system at home. Overall, it’s going very well. While he seems consistently a tad resistant to wearing the headphones at first, once we get them on him and start playing the music, he really seems to like it. The last couple sessions especially, he’s specifically stated that he’s really liked the music. He is also doing well with the 20 minutes of the movement exercises. We are also extremely pleased with the iLs pillow. We’ve called his pillow now the “magic pillow” and he really likes listening to the music at night. So much so that he requests it pretty much every night.
R.E., Denver, CO
I wanted to give you an update on “S”. Monday night he wore the headphones for about 50 minutes…..then he came to me and said he was tired. However, after he took them off I asked him to do his chores (which he hadn’t done in the morning before school, or after school, or before dinner….multiple requests every time…but unless I personally go with him and stand over him…..he just can’t seem to follow through) anyway…. he returned in about 10 minutes and said they were done and to come see…..I was shocked….he really had done them and had done them right. Then I asked him to go shower and brush his teeth…….he did it! I was so thrilled to see him actually follow through.
“S” has done the listening every day. He listens 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after school, and he’s been so much more focused and attentive. He’s always been such a sweet kid, so to actually see him be more calm and engaged has been so exciting. It’s really such a little thing……but BIG thing at the same time. He’s always tried really hard….but listening and following directions this week has just been easier for him…..not the same struggle.
7th Grade Boy with ADHD, written by classroom aide.
“K will do lesson 15 tomorrow of the Sensory Program. You wouldn’t believe the changes already! As I mentioned to you before, he is so much faster at telling a story. It used to take him forever to decide what he wanted to say and if he got lost he would have to start all over again. Now he is interactive, can go from one subject to another and is getting better at talking while throwing the beanbags back and forth. He doesn’t always have to “stop to think.” He can now do word association while throwing or another activity. Four weeks ago, word association was impossible.
His parents have noticed the differences. He is much more talkative now. I’ve heard that he will raise his hand at school and actually give the answer. He is such a neat kid. I told him yesterday that I wish I had his brain, and that he was going to do amazing things with it someday. He beamed!”
I just wanted to say besides how much we love the iLs and your products, your customer service rocks! Thank you for everything.
- AG, mom from British Columbia
At 18 months old, my son “M” began struggling with an auditory processing disorder that left him severely communications-impaired and speech delayed. He has been in speech therapy and occupational therapy since he was 20 months old, but at two years old, he had a vocabulary of approximately 15 simple words. When he was 2.5 years old, we introduced Integrated Listening Systems’ Total Focus program to his therapy repertoire and immediately saw results. Within 20 hours of listening to the program, “M” said his first new word in 9 months. Thereafter, he began accumulating new words approximately every 2-3 weeks. At 36 months, Ethan had a breakthrough and began communicating with us. In conjunction with speech, occupational and ABA therapy, iLs has been an instrumental alternative therapy in my son’s healing and success.
- Cathy Hong
We are halfway through the Sensory Motor Program and seeing changes I thought are worth mentioning: My daughter was talking with her daddy the other day about some show they had in the gym at school. She said, “it was loud but, you know, I didn’t feel like crying.” Most of the time when they have some assembly in the gym it tears her all to pieces. She hates them. However, she did well with this one. Her teachers have commented about how she is associating with the kids better and is improving with her reading skills. Yes, we are seeing changes. I am so happy with the results.
We have done 9 OT sessions, 3 with iLs and 3-4 iLs sessions at home. Before all this, she was on the go, difficult to carry a conversation with her, almost felt like large part of her was somewhere else. Now she is present, carries conversations to the end, and is connecting with other kids. We were being cautiously optimistic, but hearing other positive experiences is very encouraging. We are very lucky to have gotten the right help for our precious children! I am doing my best to spread the word around about SPD and treatments such as OT & iLs, there are many kids out there that need the help and parents/clinicians just don’t know.
My twins are now 6, and at 3 years of age we were given the diagnosis of severe (son) and moderate (daughter) Autism. I have done all of the biomedical intervention that were safe and available including oral chelation, vitamins and supplements, probiotics, HBOT, GFCF diet, and treatment for yeast overgrowth, as well as iLs for the past 2 years. My iLs program has been 4 days a week at home and once a week in clinic (occupational therapy).
Right now my daughter no longer has an IEP, speech, OT or ABA and is doing quite well in school. No one at her school even knows that she had a diagnosis of moderate Autism 3 years ago. I do credit a big part of her progress to the iLs system. My son is also doing quite well, he does still have his IEP but is now in a regular education classroom with an aid. He is extremely intelligent and above his grade level for reading, and math and has the ability to spell just about any word you ask him to, his language is still delayed by two years but I know that that won’t always be the case for him.
Thank you all again for all of your hard work and research with this program, it has definitely made a world of difference for my children.
I forgot to mention our son’s response when I asked him if he is noticing any differences since starting iLs and he reported that the classroom noise doesn’t affect him nearly as much. He says he notices it but can now block it out. That is huge for him. The second thing he mentions is that writing is easier and more enjoyable. He told me that he can now see whole sentences in his mind’s eye and hold them there, where as before it was one word at a time and sometimes only one letter at a time. Big, big stuff. Thank you again.
My daughter is 2 weeks from completing iLs. I has been nothing short of miraculous for us. ADHD runs on BOTH sides of my families. She also has visual and auditory processing issues but only moderate. Her reading scores increased an entire grade level in just a few months. She is calmer too……. It’s been a miracle for us! She loves the sessions and her therapist. They make it fun.
Yesterday we had our semi-annual visit with the autism doc. I typically have mixed emotions on the drive up there (about an hour). This time I was more than excited because we’ve seen a million ‘minor’ improvements since starting iLs with our daughter last october. I had my list in hand!
To paraphrase, the autism doc is now ‘very optimistic’. He’s not an excitable person, but I could tell how surprised he was at the progress that has been made since last November. He asked if we were still doing iLs and I said yes. He asked if I thought it has made a difference and I said yes. That was the end of that part of the conversation.
I’ve been waiting and waiting to see something ‘big’ as a result of the iLs programs we’ve been doing for 7 months now. In retrospect, we have seen something very big: a million little things that all add up to ‘big’. Our daughter has very few, if any, sensory issues anymore. She came home from school the other day with a ponytail. I never thought I’d see that happen as she’s almost 10 years old and just a few months ago finally let someone other than me cut her hair. It took two months of work last spring to get her to wear a clip in her hair as a flower girl in a wedding.
Our daughter is now taking spelling tests and getting 100% correct (granted they are modified to her level, but still . . .). She now recalls by name, 7 hours after we put her schedule together for the day, who is coming to ‘play’ with her after school.
When we started the iLs program, I expected to see some ‘big’ things happen. All of these are little ‘big things’ and there are so many more! We are happy with our little things because we know it isn’t an ‘overnight’ process.
i just overhead my husband ask her ‘”Tomorrow is Saturday, where do we go on Saturday morning?” Her reply, “The bakery! of course!”
My ASD 23month old has been slowly introduced to iLs from his OT. Today he tolerated 1 to 2 minute intervals, about 10 to 12 trials, and what happened after his session was nothing short of amazing. He actually waved & said “bye bye” in response to the OT after she said bye to him. He hasn’t waved or said bye bye since he was about 13mos old when he completely regressed. The OT just finished telling me that she experiences an increase in speech/language (among many other domains)! I am beyond myself right now and really need to learn more about this therapy because this is a HUGE success.
Just wanted to give you an update on my son. He has been doing iLs for about 4 months now for his ADHD and is almost done with the program. He’s really showing huge improvement. Last week he wrote a 2 page story about our dog – he wrote part of it at school and then when he went to bed he stayed up late to finish it up. His reading is also doing very well. He read me and my mother-in-law four short books for Kindergartners. While in the past he would have struggled to read every other word, he breezed through all 4 books and read them twice!
Tomorrow we will do session 48 of the Sensory Motor. I wanted to share what I have seen and also what my husband and my dad have noticed in my son. We have noticed that he is more patient, he does not get upset as easily as before. He also is more affectionate, he says very nice things about me and hugs me, a lot more than he used to. One thing that amazes us is his coordination; he is able to bounce a ball more easily, also catching the racquetball with more ease. He plays along with siblings; he does not go by himself anymore. He also talks more and when he is told to be quiet or do not interrupt, he stops. That did not happen before. He had to read some facts for a state he had to research during holidays, and my husband had no trouble getting him to read and to write. He is beginning to improve in his attention and concentration.
I am very happy with the changes I have seen. He is definitely a different boy. And the good thing is that he is noticing the changes. I am really looking forward to improve his attention with the other protocols.
Thank you for all your help and I am glad that you wrote me,
I just wanted to give you an update on L and his iLs program as promised.
L is about halfway through the sensory motor protocol. We took a break when school started up with all the adjustments.
Since beginning the iLs therapy, L has improved in every area he has struggled with. His occupational therapist, Joy K, reports a significant increase in his handwriting ability (focus, length of time attending to the handwriting, control and legibility). He is transitioning with cooperation from activity to activity.
His general education teacher reports that L participates like all the other students in the classroom. He is academically on target. He is reading at grade level. His spelling test scores have been 85% or better this year. L has also scored 100% on 2 spelling tests this year. L has been able to make and keep friends this year!!!! He is happy!!!!
At home, L has been sleeping better, cooperation has improved and I am having to tell him 1 or 2 times to complete specific tasks (like putting shoes on, or getting backpack), which prior to iLs would be constant battles. L comes home and initiates doing his homework. He is also now able to participate in martial arts.
iLs has helped L tremendously. It has been such an important tool in our home not only for L but for my daughter and myself.
Thanks, Dr. S, for introducing us to iLs. We look forward to more progress.
L’ s mother
As we harried parents continue to pursue recovery for our children, it’s sometimes easy to forget to highlight the progress being made along the way. This hit me like a 2 x 4 the other day. Let me tell you why.
Last year, when I would pick my son up from school, I would ask him, “How was your day?” This simple, benign question would usually be met with silence or a brief comment like, “I don’t know”. I would then go on to pepper him with questions that would usually leave both of us anxious and unsatisfied.
Boy, how times have changed!
These days, my son is a little chatter-box as soon as I pick him up from school. We’ve barely even strapped on our seat belts and I’m bombarded with details about the playground or upcoming school events or what happened that day in class or in the lunchroom. It’s like music to my ears.
Just last week, my boy hopped in the car and started telling me about a fire drill that happened that day when he was in the library. I braced for the worst – expecting him to tell me that he ran screaming down the hall or had a meltdown that shook him up for the rest of the day.
But you know what? He didn’t. Instead, he said to me, “And guess what, Mommy? It didn’t bother me at all like it used to. In fact, I didn’t even have to cover my ears.”
Now, that is progress, my friends. And I have iLs to thank for that one. We’ve been following the unique listening and movement program from Integrated Listening Systems for several months now, and apparently, it’s paying off in spades. With progress like this in our back pocket, it seems that achievement and success can’t be too far behind. Thank you iLs!
I did iLs with my son this last year through our school. He has improved in motor, writing, sensory integration, fine motor skills, speech delay and self-esteem. He still has some attention issues but we’re so glad we did it. Great program!
I wanted to drop you a quick note to say THANK YOU! Let me give you some background. My son is enrolled in a pre-school program. He has some learning delays, however has made some significant progress lately.
My wife and I met with my son’s teachers last week because he has shown remarkable progress in the last 60 days. While we were discussing the success of my son’s education one of the teachers explained your product.
There were 6 of us discussing my son. We were all asking ourselves why his learning has escalated so rapidly in the last 60 days. We all agreed your product had a lot to do with it. We all believe your product is AWESOME!!! My son has responded so well and we contribute it to your product.
While we were discussing how your product works I found out my sons teacher had purchased your product with her own money. The school said they could not afford it. The teacher purchased it because she felt strongly about the effectiveness of your product. I am TRULY grateful for wonderful teachers such as this one. She decided to take my son’s education personally. That’s pretty rare these days. Our family is so very thankful for her efforts.
Later we were told the school has decided to purchase another one of your products partly because of the outcome of my son. My family is very happy for other families that will benefit from this decision.
Thanks again for developing this product. I am so grateful that my son is growing up in a technological era where he can receive the tools necessary to maximize his education. It’s unfortunate but there are children that are not receiving all the tools necessary to receive the education they need to maximize their opportunities in life. I wish every school had access to your product. Children would certainly benefit from it.
The results have been outstanding.
In response to NBC news story featuring iLs:
I am so pleased to finally see this therapy and this company in the news. They offer much more than just music therapy – it is an integrated approach that combines music with movement. My daughter who has mild Auditory Processing and memory issues went through the 30-day program in Kindergarten and saw amazing results. In a matter of weeks, her academic performance skyrocketed – math scores quadrupled, reading scores more than doubled and she went from having difficulty writing her name to writing full paragraphs. Two years later, she is still at or above grade level in every area. I know it sounds too good to be true, but I saw it with my own eyes. I am grateful to Adams 12 schools for making it possible and to Integrated Listening Systems for helping my child succeed in and enjoy school!
Adams 12 District (Colorado) mom
Letter to iLs:
I am planning to visit the Special Ed Director for our school system in the next few weeks and present the data I have kept on my son, Mark, who is just completing the iLs program. He is off all stimulant medication and doing well in class (first grade). His teacher says he is well behaved and he just completed benchmark testing…his scores were 100, 97, 94 and 80. I think I can safely say that he will never be on another ADHD stimulant medication again!
Thank you so much for your therapy…your advice…your training…your time. You are making real differences in peoples’ lives.
God bless you,
“I can’t even begin to tell you all of the benefits I’ve been seeing! Falling asleep on time is probably the first benefit I noticed. I used to ask my wife, who has no problems with sleep, how she could fall asleep so quickly, since I would almost always stay up for no reason; now, I seem to be the one falling asleep first (she now asks me, in jest, how I am doing it).
My thought process is much, much clearer; I seem to be much more “aware” of my thoughts, and my internal state in general. I’m not sure if I’m imagining, but I actually feel smarter.
The most important aspect of my progress is something I’ve noticed very recently—I can now pay attention to someone else talking during a conversation for long periods of time without zoning in and out. I can’t even begin to tell you how important this is for me.
Thanks so much for your guidance so far!”
My son last night in about an hour wrote a whole 5 paragraph essay. He has never pumped out this much work at one sitting let alone without meds in his body. We are starting to see we can lower some of his med as well. He has gone through 30 sessions of the Reading Program on the Focus… All good news!
Just wanted to share. Many thanks, iLs!”
“I am currently in my 14th week of listening, and probably started to feel changes by about the 3rd week, which was very exciting!
I listen for 1 hour a day, usually 7 days a week, starting each session with the playbook exercises, and continuing with a regular routine of Extra Lesson movements, to complete the hour. Occasionally I have also listened while preparing dinner, or doing other household tasks, such as sweeping the floor, putting away the washing…..Yes, even chores can be made more pleasant with iLS!
The program has become somewhat addictive. The music is so pleasant, I always feel more relaxed at the end – energized, yet calmer at the same time.
Another benefit is that I now regularly take time out for myself each day. Sometimes we mums forget that we need nurturing too!
I have also noticed some changes in myself. I find that I am more comfortable being with other people, and more comfortable expressing myself verbally. This has led to increased confidence, and much greater enjoyment of social activities. When one has to concentrate to participate socially, it can become very tiring, and sometimes we can find it is easier to withdraw from the rest of our noisy world.
The experience has been so amazing so far. Thank you to everyone who had the foresight to develop the iLS program. I hope many more people are able to enjoy the benefits. I would also love to see it as part of the curriculum in schools.”
I have spent a part of my day speaking with different professionals who are currently using iLs in their programs, and after talking with 6 different therapists have heard nothing but positive feedback. Congratulations to you all for doing such a fantastic job and truly helping so many children!!!
Will you be coming to Oklahoma City, if not would you send me information on your distance learning certification?”
A.S., parent seeking iLs training
“We wanted to thank you again so much for the wonderful results our son has had from the DLS listening therapy. As you may recall, when he first came to the center, he had been experiencing a great deal of trouble both in school and outside it due to over-stimulation, dyslexia, inattentiveness, obessive-compulsive fixations, appropriate emotional/behavioral responses, and social difficulties.
We really appreciate how tremendously helpful, supportive, responsive and caring you and your staff were throughout the therapy process. And the results were great! Our son now has a much easier time reading, socializing, paying attention in school, modulating his emotions and behavior, and transitioning from one activity to another. We saw marked improvement in ALL of the areas of concern, plus a big change in his self-esteem. Everything just became easier: no more battles over getting dressed or going to school, tantrums in general have become rare, and watching the ease with which he socializes now is just a joy for us.
Thank you, thank you, for the wonderful gift you have given us: our son, at ease with himself and in the world!”
P. A. McCarthy
“When I read about Tomatis’ work and the development of his approach into a combination of Listening Therapy and Sensory Integration Work, I hoped it would help our autistic son, especially his ability to speak.
Anders now has better eye-contact with people outside the family, he tolerates crowds and noisy situations much better. His level of curiosity and ability to stay focused with a task has risen noticeably. He is very social and his need to retreat has decreased. And, he is more open to use words in his communication.
Not every therapy instills growths in every child. However, I wish that as many autistic children as possible could experience this approach as offered in the supportive and friendly atmosphere of the STAR Center.”
“When our son Joseph was diagnosed with Autism, we were crushed. Without losing a moment, we researched the web and found many resources for ourselves and for our son. After employing numerous solutions from nutritional supplements to dietary restrictions to neurological retraining
exercises to behavioral modifications, we stumbled onto DLS. After Joseph’s first intensive, his receptive language increased dramatically as did the quality and quantity of his vocalizations. By his third booster, words started to pop out, his eye contact was perfect and he was now a listener!
This program has been nothing short of miraculous for our family. It has returned our son to us and given him the ability to achieve his full human potential.”
“Our daughter Annie, age 9, was slow to develop and had learning problems from the beginning. She had always been in Special Ed, but thought we should try listening therapy as we had personal friends suggesting it.
After just one month of sessions, we started noticing Annie’s changes. Her eye contact improved, she seemed to be more “with it” and her mood was generally improved. We thought it might just be temporary and were afraid to believe our hopes. In time we saw significant improvement in articulation, communication (both verbal and non-verbal), and balance and coordination. She has shown great progress in balance and rhythm. Over a year has passed since she completed the program and all of these changes have remained in place.
This has changed our daughter’s life, and ours as well.”
“To Whom It May Concern:
I first heard about listening therapy in an interview with Dr. Minson on N.P.R. Radio. The program sounded intriguing, and by this time we were becoming more and more concerned for our son. He was having a really hard time in school, barely making any progress even in his highly modified special education classes.
Conversations with our Fabian were either one way or non-existent. If we asked him a question, he would instead answer with a statement about dinosaurs, or whatever his current passionate interest was. Attempts to have back and forth conversations were never successful. He always played quietly by himself, engrossed in his artwork, Legos, movies or video games. He never chose to play with his siblings or the neighborhood children.
Fabian was in the fourth grade when I heard about iLs listening therapy. The first month or so of treatment was really difficult for us. Squeezing frequent appointments into a large family’s busy schedule was really hard on everyone. And not seeing any immediate results made us ask each other over and over if we had wasted our scarce money. But then one day something happened. My son had a conversation with me! A real back and forth conversation! I was afraid to hope that we had made a breakthrough, but it began happening more and more. He had conversations with his father. He started talking and playing with his sisters. He started making friends, and having regular kid conversations with them, complete with laughter and bathroom jokes. It was like finally meeting our son after 12 years. We had always loved him, but now we could actually find out what was going on in his mind, and interact together like a family.
I am a born skeptic, and only agreed to give iLs listening therapy a try out of a mother’s pure desperation to help her child. Our expectations were greatly exceeded. We highly recommend this program, and have not hesitated to recommend it to other families we have met with similar needs.”
K. Avila, S. Avila
“To Whom It May Concern:
I am an adult with ADD. I have spent a lifetime fighting an uphill battle with my learning disability and clinical depression. ADD caused me to feel deficient academically and professionally. Every aspect of my life was met with a sense of failure. My performance in the workplace was greatly affected and I was unable to maintain long-term employment. Lack of self-confidence kept me in a constant state of depression. I had difficulty with relationships both personally and professionally.
I underwent iLs therapy with the hopes of finding a way to alleviate my internal pain. Through the center’s listening and visual techniques I learned effective listening, enhanced my artistic abilities, and developed a constructive perspective and approach to my profession and education. The positive results I received are invaluable. My confidence increased significantly. I now approach life with the belief that I can not only succeed and excel but also overcome challenges that for so long held me back.
I work at an alternative high school with teens who confront obstacles very similar to mine and I have suggested iLs therapy to their parents.”