“We just wanted to comment on the difference Rae Lynn’s OT with ILS has made is our son’s life! Prior he had a difficult time with the noise in the classroom and would hide in the bathroom or somewhere else in the school. He would constantly scream at other kids to be quiet. He had a hard time walking without falling, very low energy and never wanted to participate in any physical activity.
Since completing the 60 hr Sensory-Motor ILS program (both at home and in OT), he has gained so much confidence! The noise in the classroom doesn't bother him as much. He stays in class and doesn't hide in the school! He now sits for circle time, which he never did before. Staying in the classroom has made huge strides- he is almost caught up to his reading level! He stays and participates in gym class. His teachers keep telling us, he is a completely different child!
He has FRIENDS, because he isn't upset with noises, kids now want to play with him! He finally is being asked to go to playdates and birthday parties! He now wants to go swimming, play outside and loves to jump on trampolines
This is the best thing that has ever happened to son! He is such a happy loving boy and now everyone can see that! We have tried several different programs prior and by far this program has been the only thing that has helped.
We cannot thank Rae Lynn and Kids Thrive enough for transforming our son’s life!”
“What we are doing, by targeting subcortical functions, is improving brain organization from the bottom up.”
Ron Minson, MD, iLs Clinical Director
What is "integrated" listening and how can it help?
Integrated listening programs combine the therapeutic value of listening therapy with specific visual, balance and movement activities.
Movement, listening and vision are vital to our ability to learn, pay attention, process information and coordinate movement. "Exercising" these systems simultaneously is a holistic approach which requires the brain to become better at integrating multi-sensory information, strengthening neural connections for improved performance.
Integrated listening is fun, it feels good and it can help those of any age to unlock their optimal physical and mental abilities
Since 2007, clinical results and research have shown consistently better learning, cognitive skills such as reading and writing, visual and auditory processing, attention and concentration, gross and fine motor coordination, processing speed, emotional regulation, social skills, behavior, reduced anxiety and stress plus progress in many other areas of functional performance.
How ILS Works.
ILs is based on neuroplasticity - the fact that we can re-wire our brain through specific and repeated stimulation. We are able to build neurological connections and synaptic activity at any age.
The Vestibular-Auditory Component - involves listening to treated music selections that are organized in a specific sequence thru specialized headphones to achieve the overall goals of improved brain function and skill acquisition.
iLs utilizes air and bone conduction headphones which engage both the auditory and vestibular systems.
Relay stations to the brain: The vestibular system and auditory system (cochlea) are connected, both located in the inner ear. These systems work together to relay sensory input to the brain and play a key role in our ability to integrate our senses, and their successful interaction for motor function, language processing and sensory processing
Bone Conduction - The bone conductor, a small device that converts sound to vibration, is located at top of the headphones making contact with the skull. The vibration is carried along the skull to the bony housing of the ear providing gentle vibration to the vestibular organ.
The vestibular and auditory systems in the inner ear are intricately connected (vestibulo-cochlear labyrinth). These foundational senses organ send signals via the 8th cranial nerve to a multitude of neural structures supporting:
the functions of balance,
coordination of fine-motor, gross-motor skills,
coordination of eye movements,
postural muscle tone,
awareness of our body in space,
rhythm, timing and precision for refined movement control
focus and sustained attention
auditory perception and discrimination