Integrated Listening, first built on the work of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis and continued with the work of Dr. Stephen Porges on the poly-vagal theory, provides gentle and specific auditory stimulation to activate the neuronal pathways used in the processing of sensory information.
We know that our minds and bodies are connected. You, as a parent, know this so well. If you’re child’s nervous system and sensory systems are weak, their emotions are hard to regulate and every day activities are so challenging.
The mind and body are connected through the vagus nerve which stretches from the brainstem to the colon. It is our internal control center allowing the brain to monitor and receive information about many of our bodily functions, including emotion.
The Integrated Listening System (iLs) uses therapeutically filtered music combined with movement to build a strong foundation for higher learning. Therapeutic music is delivered via air and bone conduction headphones, providing auditory input to the brain and sensory input to the body. The prescribed movement activities provide additional sensory, visual, balance and motor input for body organization.
This “bottom-up” therapy helps students become more aware, self-regulated and resilient.
At GeerLINKS, we offer iLs Focus Systems for rent so you, the parent, can implement this powerful intervention at home effectively with our therapist’s supervision. After our initial screening assessment, our team may recommend iLs as a suitable intervention for your child.
Improve your child’s sensory system, auditory processing, emotional regulation, and more.
Once you’ve received the iLs system, our therapist will provide an individualized listening schedule for your child. Sessions are typically 45-60 minutes each with a frequency schedule of five times a week, monitored by you, the parent. Each block includes regular remote consultations with our trained therapist.
iLs is an excellent complement to our NILD Educational Therapy® program and sometimes recommended as a pre-requisite for therapy. It can be done simultaneously with educational therapy or added as a summer intervention program.