Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Therapy

Downers Grove, IL

At Milestones, we are proud to have a number of highly skilled therapists on staff who are trained in the Integrated Listening System (iLs) program. In iLs therapy, a child is guided through enjoyable brain activities designed to simultaneously exercise the visual, auditory and vestibular systems with the goal of training the brain to process sensory information and improve emotional regulation.

A child’s ability to focus, think and engage successfully in social situations increases with improved brain function. Based on your child’s needs, Milestones’ therapists will customize an Integrated Listening System therapy program that can be utilized both in the clinic and in your home.

Our Approach

Integrated Listening SystemsTypically, a waist pack is worn by the child, which carries an iPod loaded with iLs treated music. Specially modified headphones that include a bone conduction component are connected to the music source to enable listening while moving. The child then experiences the music through sound waves and bone conduction. Visual tracking and balance games are combined with listening for part of each session, while quiet activities combined with listening fill the remainder of the time. Each unit is customized for the child’s individual needs (e.g. sensory motor, attention, reading/auditory processing).

To achieve optimal results, Integrated Listening System programs take dedication and frequent practice. When involved in iLs you can expect your child to participate in the program three to five times per week either at Milestones, at home or both. Total time duration with the iLs program will be based on the specific plan created for your child.

Integrated Learning SystemsWho is a Candidate?

Integrated Listening System therapy can be very beneficial for children with a wide range of learning, behavioral, emotional and physical issues. Because the therapy works to affect the brain and central nervous system, it can influence the following systems and their function: emotional, auditory, visual, vestibular (balance and coordination), motor and cognitive (thinking and reasoning).

Utilized to work towards a number of pediatric therapy goals, iLs can increase a child’s attention, reading ability, social and communication skills, augment emotional/ behavioral regulation, and improve visual/auditory processing, memory and self-expression. It is also used in rehabilitation therapy to help recover energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function.

To learn more about Milestones’ Integrated Listening Therapy services and if your child may benefit from it, contact us today.

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For Children from birth to 5 years of age

Parent Endorsement

“My son has been undergoing iLs therapy at home and at Milestones for the past six months. In this short time, I have seen definite improvements in his overall coordination, mood and behavior.

We have tried different listening programs at home and in school in the past and I can say that Milestones’ program has been the most beneficial. There is definitely a carry-over after a session. He’s calmer, more focused and not as agitated.

If you are considering iLs therapy for your child, I highly recommend you speak to a Milestones therapist and get started right away. I’ve seen a lot of positives with this program.”

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