By addressing several systems simultaneously, you can get more bang for your buck, so to speak, more bang for each minute spent using the program, more bang for each calorie of effort spent. Since such calories are not infinite, it is best to get the most out of each one!
iLs has expanded upon an auditory therapy developed in Europe years ago, and added visual and balance exercises. The program can be customized to address different purposes, e.g. reading, auditory processing, attention, autism, etc. Furthermore, iLs has designed it so that kids actually have fun doing this program, instead of looking at it as drudgery. Fun leads to compliance, and compliance leads to success.
The combination of listening to filtered music, which sounds just like standard classical music, while doing exercises, like balancing on a wobble board or hitting a ball suspended from the ceiling, works the brain in special ways. While the full neurology has yet to be worked out, the results the program usually provides are impressive indeed. A controlled study of 64 at-risk students in New Mexico showed an average improvement in reading of two years after the three-month intervention. And at a clinic in Florida, 27 out of 29 children diagnosed with auditory processing disorder were successfully remediated after completing the program.
I have been sufficiently impressed with iLs myself to start offering the program in my offices in the Boston area and in New York City. I have also become a paid consultant to the company to help them advance research into iLs and also to help them get the word out as to its effectiveness and availability.
As you all know, I am asked to endorse a host of products and interventions, and I only do so when I am convinced that the product or intervention is worthwhile. iLs meets my strict standards. Of course, we need more research to be able to predict results reliably. But children grow and develop, and they can’t always wait for the prospective double-blind studies to be done.
I believe that iLs can help millions of children, as well as adults, who have ADHD, dyslexia, or other learning issues. It can also help with autistic spectrum disorders as well as auditory processing issues. A big plus is that the program can be implemented in clinics, schools and at home.
For more information, you can visit their website at: http://www.integratedlistening.com
I welcome hearing from any of you with questions or comments.