iLs TherapyiLs is based on the fact that we can change our brain in much the same way we can change our bodies with physical exercise. This concept is known as neuroplasticity which essentially re-wires the human brain through specific and repeated stimulation. Using this technique we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.
How Does the Program Work?iLs is a program specifically designed with the goal of brain/body integration using a multi-staged approach.This begins with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extends into the more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills. iLs’ combined sound/movement approach stimulates subcortical activity, improving the ability of the brain stem and cerebellum to process sensory information leading to the cortex.Continual inputs from the visual, vestibular and auditory systems, session after session, train the cerebellum to become efficient at processing multi‐sensory information. iLs also provides specific and comprehensive stimulation to the vestibular system, which helps to control balance and coordination, along with sensory modulation and emotional regulation. iLs provides specific and comprehensive stimulation to the vestibular system through bone conduction delivered via headphones, balance board activities and body movement exercises. In addition, iLs audio stimulation can help individuals in in a state of hyper‐arousal. This is done by stimulating the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) through the Vagus nerve (auricular branch) resulting in greater calm and an increased ability to self‐regulate. iLs can also be used to strengthen the connections between the right and left sides of the brain which are necessary for proper higher brain function. The combination of listening and cross‐lateral activities used with the iLs system require the almost constant transfer of information from one hemisphere to the other, “exercising” the bridge that transfers information between sides. Clinicians report iLs to be successful in improving the following symptoms:
- Concentration: staying on task for longer periods of time
- Communication: paying attention during conversation; improved listening
- Organization: planning and following through on tasks; less procrastination
- Physical regulation: calmer demeanor, less fidgety
- Anxiety: reducing nervousness and improving sleeping patterns