iLs & Occupational Therapy

iLs is natural fit for OT practices, whether in clinic,  school  or home environments.  In addition to enhancing an OT’s sensory integration tools, iLs is easily customized for different therapeutic objectives, program lengths, and client needs.

Applications

iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems and their function: auditory, visual, vestibular (balance and coordination), motor, cognitive (thinking and reasoning)  and emotional.  As a result, it is successfully applied to a wide variety of conditions:

  • Learning - Building the skills which enable success in school: attention, visual and auditory processing, memory, self-expression, social skills
  • Performance Optimization –  Improving processing speed and timing (athletics), creativity and imagination (arts and business),  self–esteem and self-confidence (personal development)
  • Neuro-DevelopmentalAchieving therapeutic goals related to emotional and behavioral regulation, sensory processing, communication and social skills; examples: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy
  • Psychological/EmotionalImproving attention, emotional balance and vitality
  • RehabilitationRecovering energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function (memory, organization, planning) after a stroke or head injury

 

To learn more about the science underlying iLs, see How iLs Works

OT gym - Dr. Lucy Jane Miller's STAR Center, Denver, CO“Throughout my career as an Occupational Therapist, I have had the opportunity to have first-hand experience with multiple auditory stimulation programs. I have always seen gains in my clients when their sensory-motor interventions are supported with “listening therapy”; however, I can unequivocally say that iLs stands far above the rest in terms of measurable, functional gains with a wide variety of clients.  Not only have we seen consistent improvements in listening and specific auditory processing skills, we have also witnessed changes in motor components such as balance and coordination, improved overall organization and regulatory skills as well as gains in academics such as decoding and reading comprehension.”    Julia Harper, OTR/L

How do I integrate iLs into my OT practice?

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 OTs use the iLs auditory component simultaneous to their OT gym activities, and take specific pieces of the iLs motor program as needed.  For example, the visual tracking ball from the iLs motor component is frequently a welcome addition to OT gyms.

STAR CenterClinic 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, OTs can re-sell or lease iLs equipment to their clients to use at home.  This is a growing trend reflecting the strong results that can be achieved with greater frequency.  Example: Client comes in for clinic therapy once or twice a week and uses iLs system at home 3-4 times per week.  The home equipment includes an Integration Kit, which consists of balance and visual tracking equipment and a guidebook (the iLs Playbook), which allow the user to attain the multi-sensory training which which is known to be more effective than listening alone.

Effectiveness of the Integrated Listening System for Children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder – iLs AOTA 2013 Poster (PDF)

iLs in SchoolsSchool Programs

School OTs are able to enhance their results by integrating iLs into school programs.  School personnel can be trained to conduct iLs sessions in the absence of the OT so that the frequency required for improvement may occur.   For specifics on school implementation please see the Educator page or contact iLs.

Implementation

Training is required before purchasing equipment.  The following training options are explained in detail on our Training page:

  • Practitioner Certification Training (1-day PCT), on site at locations throughout the country
  • Distance Training which can be taken from home and is self paced (DPCT)
  • Interactive Language Certification Training (ILCT), a 4-hour distance course for speech therapists
  • Advance Certification Training, a 4-day advanced course  (ATC)


Support

Once trained, iLs Associates may accessthe  iLs Professional Resources pages of the web site for forms, documents and materials related to the marketing and application of iLs in their practice.  Additionally, webinars, newsletters, case studies and special training prices are available to support ongoing professional development.   Equipment and light clinical support are available at no cost via email and telephone. For more detailed case consultation, iLs’ Clinic Director and Advanced Certification trainer, Ron Minson, MD, is available by appointment.

The iLs Difference There are significant differences between iLs and “listening therapy” providers in the market.  Please take a minute to consider how iLs is unique.

The iLs Satisfaction Guarantee  While no one can guarantee results with each individual student, we can guarantee each schools’ satisfaction with our service and our products.


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