Integrated Listening Systems

Auditory Integration Therapy

A sound stimulation program (music and voice) based on the fact that the brain can change in reaction to specific stimulation ("neuroplasticity").

Emotional Self Regulation - Impulse Control - Coordination - Sensory Processing - Memory
Self-Expression - Self-Confidence - Attention - Reading/Writing

Auditory Integration Theraphy improves whole body organization, cognitive, memory, concentration, information processing and communication skills through the activation of neuro pathways used in the processing of sensory information throguh general and specific auditory stimulation. There are two parts to the program, the "receptive phase" where, by listening to filtered music the processing of sounds is improved, and an "interactive phase", where control over the voice and body through voice expression takes place.

Auditory processing

iLS is built on psychoacoustic techniques originally developed in Europe in the late 1940s and draws from 18 years of experience in the field of listening therapy. The objective for all users is proper and consistent use of the iLS and Learning Breakthrough Programs for a long enough period of time that neuropathway dveelopment and changes beocme permanent.

Learning Breakthrough uses specialized equipment and exercises The vestibular, cochlear and visual systems are our main systems for organizing sensory input. Together they form an interdependent system which allows us to detect and analyze sound, control balance and movement, and integrate our touch, hearing, and vision. iLs programs apply gradual and gentle stimulation to the vestibular/cochlear system, thereby improving the integration of sensory input to the brain.

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Pitch discrimination/phonemic awareness

Sound enters the ear as a myriad of frequencies and intensities. The cochlea, within the inner ear, is in charge of discerning the various frequencies. If the cochlea is not functioning well, we have poor "selectivity" and have a hard time telling the difference between a "P" and "B", or "T" and "D". iLs programs typically increase selectivity, resulting in better classroom performance and increased confidence.

Alertness, focus, energy

A majority of our sensory stimulation is received via the vestibular/cochlear system. From there it is channeled to a system at the base of the brain known as the ascending reticular activating system (ARAS). From the ARAS, the stimuli are relayed to the cerebral cortex. With good auditory and vestibular input, the ARAS stimulates much of the cortex, having a profound effect on levels of "consciousness" and on one's sense of feeling sharp versus hazy.

Self-esteem

One of the most significant areas of improvement we see with students is in their self-esteem. When we are processing information better, performing better in school and at work, we naturally feel better about ourselves. On a physiological level, it is worth noting that sound stimulation is received by more parts of the brain than any other sensory input. This includes the limbic system, which plays a major role in our emotional well-being.

ILS Programs

The design of the iLS programs is based around the listening component. Each program has a specific listening schedule.

iLS individualized programs are typically 20-40 sessions in length with a frequency of 3 or more sessions per week. iLS school programs are typically 40-60 sessions in length with each listening session 60 minutes. A school program is typically completed over a 3-month persiod. iLS home programs are designed to be flexible: listening sessions can be either 30 or 60 minutes in length. The program is completed over a 3-month period with occasional visits to the office for progess monitorng.

Learning Breakthrough

Learning Breakthough program logoLearning Breakthrough is a suite of specilaized equipment and exercises designed to strengthen fundamental brain processes that enable higher level learning skills to flourish. The program works as a training protocol that integrates our auditory, visual, motor planning, tactile, balance, body positioning and neurofeedback systems in order to strengthen neurotransmission and actually calibrate the brain's functions. The activities and equipment that make up the Learning Breakthrough program are the result of careful study, observations and a trial and error development approach pioneered by Dr. Frank Belgau starting in the mid 1960s.

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Focus System

This is a clinic-level iPod-based system that can be used either in home, school or clinic. The system includes 5 complete, independent programs, bone conduction (BC) headphones, and a mini-amplifier which powers and controls the BC and air conduction volume.)

In home Rental available

Interactive Language station

The iLs Interactive Language Program is designed to help children and adults with various auditory processing skills such as phonemic awareness, auditory memory, auditory figure ground and dichotic listening. Interactive Language training is usually incorporated into the latter half of iLs programs. It can be implemented by trained teacher or professional. The Interactive Language activities are played from the Focus or Pro iPods, or from a dedicated Nano used expressly for the activities.)

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