How does iLs work?
iLs programs effectively "re-train" parts of the brain involved in learning, communicating and moving. Combining an auditory program with specific visual and balance activities, iLs strengthens neurological pathways and improves our ability to learn and to process information.
The three main systems for organising sensory input - visual, auditory and balance (vestibular) - are highly interrelated. Exercising all three simultaneously is a holistic approach which can help people of any age feel sharper, more focused and self-confident.
Who can benefit?
iLs programs directly affect our sensory systems, thereby influencing a broad spectrum of our day-to-day functions. iLs is most often used to improve the following concerns:
Other areas where iLs is successful iclude the recovery of executive functions after head injuries, improving emotional well-being, and helping children on the autistic spectrum.
How long is the program?
iLs clinic programs vary from 15-40 sessions in length. Sessions are typically 45-80 minutes each, with a frequency schedule of 3 to 5 times a week. Some clinic programs intermix home sessions to acheive the required frequency.
School and home programs are 40-60 sessions, depending upon the type of program. Each session is about 60 minutes but can be halved into 30 minute segments if necessary. To achieve maximum efficacy, iLs is recommended at a frequency of 3-5 sessions a week. Most programs can be completed in 8-15 weeks.
What can i do while listening?
The balance and visual activities comprise 15-20 minutes of each session. Remaining listening time is for quiet activities such as, drawing, puzzles, playing cards, fine motor games and/or light exercise such as walking or stretching.
Things to avoid while listening include eating, chewing gum, watching TV, playing video games, and any activity which is stressful.
iLs continues to gather data supporting the empirical results we see daily in clinics and schools. To date, university research and third party data show efficacy in areas of:
Reading -- data shows students' reading ability improving by an average of about 2 years after a 3-month iLs program.
Auditory Processing -- improvement occurs across the entire range of auditory processing skills, especially in areas of auditory figure ground, auditory memory, dichotic listening and binaural summmation.
Attention -- school data consistenly report significant improvement in attention as well as behaviour.
Evidence-Based -- iLs professional and home systems employ music processing techniques proven over decades.