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As most of you know, I am always on the lookout for promising new interventions for ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences. I am excited to be writing now to tell you about one that I think is particularly promising. It is called Integrated Listening Systems, or iLs for short. 
The founders of iLs call it a “brain integration program.” Although that is quite a mouthful, what the founders are trying to emphasize is that this intervention works through several of the brains systems that impact learning: the visual, the auditory, and the vestibular (balance) systems. Hence the term “brain integration.” 

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.

6 Responses to “Breaking News – INTEGRATED LISTENING SYSTEMS – iLs”

  1. It looks like the studies are all about school-age children–although I’ll admit that my ADD brain prevented me from actually reading all the links and such. Does it have anything to offer this (newly) 60-year-old?

  2. Karen Sribney says:

    How does this compare to the Learning Breakthrough Program you endorsed not long ago? I just purchased the materials for my daughter and I and are in our third week. Is this something that can be done in conjunction with the LBP?

  3. The key difference between the 2 programs is the inclusion of auditory stimulation with the iLs program. The iLs program requires ~ 3 months to complete. The Learning Breakthrough Program requires 12-15 months to complete. To compare results, you can view the research listed on the web sites of both companies.

    Yes, those who already own LBP equipment can purchase an iLs system to use in conjunction with LBP to obtain the combined effect. iLs equipment options would be the Kick Start or Focus.

    iLs systems include movement and balance equipment as well as a guidebook for doing the visual tracking and balance activities while listening; however, the movement equipment is not as extensive as that included in the LBP program.

    For the sake of disclosure, mine is not an objective opinion. I am the co-founder of iLs. I have always respected the work of Dr. Frank Belgau, upon whose pioneering research LBP is based, and I have recommended LBP to many people in the past.

    Those interested should look over both products, review the costs and the commitment required. I can say from experience that both iLs and LBP have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of children and adults with learning and attention problems.

  4. My freshman daughter was diagnosed with add (gets it from her dad)in senior kindergarten which we treat with medication. In and in 6th grade was given a battery of tests by a speech therapist who also treats Audio Integration Disconnect, which we found out Megan also has. Dad tested positive for that too, so i began the program but let Megan use my credits when her’s ran out but i would have liked to complete it which addresses Kathi’s question above; there was a retired lawyer doing the program after learning about it from his grandchildren. The progress was very measurable and easily tracked using the treatment known as Fastforword who’s site is http://www.scilearn.com/for-parents/. It is easy to not be able to keep your attention focused when you’re not completely following the dialog because your brain isn’t processing the sounds or words effectively. Our therapist who originally diagnosed Megan’s ADD wasn’t very supportive of the program, but i believe that was just arrogance on her part. Now Fastforward has a reading system that is supposed to be excellent, Megan started that but has not continued because of financial reasons but the audio treatment was definitely worth it, but none of it is cheap. Check them all out

  5. Jan says:

    What about any ILS programs in Seattle???
    My 14-yr-old son has not tolerated Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Focalin, Strattera, Concerta, the Patch, short acting methylphenidate (ritalin), … etc. – not even Welbutrin!

  6. Frances Moloney says:

    As the mother of a much treasured 10 year old son whose idiosyncracies are explained by ADD, I have found your book “Superparenting for ADD” a beacon of hope and optimism.We live in rural Ireland where resources for such kids are not readily available and I have found this book a huge support. After a particularly gruelling session with my son’s teacher ,last Friday, both my son & I were drained. I obsessed over how to move forward for days until today when I re-read your book.The page I opened was the one “Love is the best treatment” and it reminded me that he is perfect the way he is. Thank You.

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