Integrated Listening Systems for children with developmental delays, learning challenges, stroke or head injury, stress and sleep-related problems
Valley Medical Center’s Children’s Therapy now offers integrated listening systems(iLS). iLS is a sensory-based listening program that targets the skills of attention, processing what is seen or heard, memory, social skills, self-confidence, managing behavior and emotion, sensory processing and communication.
iLs programs effectively “re-train” parts of the brain involved in learning, communication and movement. iLS is based on our ability to change our brains—we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity. As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to strengthen neurological pathways and improve our ability to learn and process information.
Who benefits from iLS?
iLS programs directly affect the sensory system, improving many day-to-day functions. It is most often used to improve the following concerns:
• Developmental delays, such as those found with autism, Down syndrome and premature birth
• Learning challenges including reading, writing, attention and processing speed
• Cognitive function related to stroke or head injury
• Stress and sleep-related problems
Details about the iLS Focus Program A prescription for occupational therapy is required from your primary care physician. An occupational therapist will perform an initial examination and design an individualized treatment plan based on your child’s current skill level and family goals. Following the initial evaluation, you must purchase the rental equipment directly from iLS and it will be incorporated into your weekly therapy sessions. Additionally, two, one-hour periods of listening are required during the week at home. The occupational therapist will review procedures, guidelines and equipment with you at your initial visit.
For more information about the iLS Focus Program, videos and case studies, check out the iLS website.