Listening Therapy

We are providers for several music-based auditory programs proven to benefit those with listening, sensory, learning, cognitive, language, reading, attention, memory, social, communication, and behavioral difficulties.

An Introduction to iLs (Integrated Listening Systems)

The iLs (Integrated Listening Systems) programs work on the principle of neuroplasticity (i.e. ability of the brain to change) by integrating music, movement and language in order to improve brain function.  Several important tenets are central to the understanding of how iLs works.  One, we know through research that simultaneous, multisensory input can improve brain function.*  We also know that this simultaneous stimulation to different parts of the brain can improve the coordination between those areas.**

iLs, based on these principles and also in part upon the research and work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis and others, includes acoustically modified classical music delivered at certain frequencies which correlate to certain brain functions.  This music is delivered through specialized headphones that provide both air and bone conduction (i.e. low frequency vibration felt through the skeletal system and influencing the cochlea and vestibular system).  Concurrent with this auditory input, the user participates in visual, vestibular (i.e. movement) and motor activities uniquely prescribed for them and designed to integrate brain and body functions.

iLs can be part of a comprehensive and intensive therapy program in a clinic setting, as well as delivered as a home program combined with individualized movement and language components.

ILS and Sensory Integration Therapy

Many children with sensory processing disorder would benefit from an iLs listening program in combination with sensory integration therapy.  These listening programs have proven useful for children with auditory sensitivities and other modulation disorders, sensory-based motor disorders and sensory discrimination disorders.

Improvements in regulation abilities (e.g. impulse control, attention), sensory processing abilities (e.g. auditory processing, sensory defensiveness, discrimination abilities), learning (e.g. reading/writing, executive/cognitive functions), motor skills (e.g. coordination), and behavior (e.g. emotional regulation, social interactions) have all been observed following an individualized therapy program including iLs.

Ask your therapist if a listening program such as iLs is right for your child!

* Integrated Listening Systems, LLC (2014).  Ear-Brain Anatomy & Function.  Practitioner Pre-Course Study, 18.
** Integrated Listening Systems, LLC (2014).  Ear-Brain Anatomy & Function.  Practitioner Pre-Course Study, 18.

Request Listening Therapy Information

If you are interested in learning more about listening therapy you can request information or if you would like to speak with someone we welcome your questions by phone at 615-377-1623.