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How I'm Using Listening Therapy to Help My Kids with Processing Disorders

My children have a number of disorders that affect their lives to varying degrees.  Both have ...


My children have a number of disorders that affect their lives to varying degrees. 
  • Both have dyslexia and dysgraphia. 
  • One has dyscalculia. Both of sensory processing disorder. 
  • One has auditory processing disorder. 
  • Both have bipolar disorder, although they have different types.
Most of these are processing disorders.

A few months ago, I learned about ILS. I was pretty excited to learn there was help available for the processing disorders.


Using Home Therapy for Kids with Processing Disorders

I just started using a home therapy program for my daughters and I'm pretty excited about ...

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I just started using a home therapy program for my daughters and I'm pretty excited about it.

My daughters have a variety of processing issues.

  • Alexis (age 17): dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, sensory processing, Asperger's
  • Lorelai (age 13): dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorder
With all these challenges, I jumped at the chance to use this home therapy program.

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Using Home Therapy with Kids Who Have Processing Disorders

{Disclosure: I have received this product free of charge. I was compensated for my time and, as always, all opinions are my own.}


What is iLS?

It's great to have a therapy available, but having a therapy I can do in the comfort of my own home is exciting! So what's this program?

It's called the Total Focus Home Program from iLS.


iLs is medication-free and uses movement and activities in lieu of on-screen programs. The program is an integrated listing system (iLS), a sound and movement therapy for people living with special needs, including 

  • dyslexia
  • autism
  • apraxia
  • dysgraphia
  • auditory processing disorder
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Down’s syndrome
  • and sensory processing disorder.
The iLS should be used two to five times per week for 20-50 minutes per session. Using a headset, iPod Touch, and other equipment, children integrate sound with body movement.

The special headset contains a bone conduction piece which sends sound through the bones themselves. Pretty cool!


By combining sound with balance and coordination exercises, various parts of the brain are being exercised and retrained. In this way, the program improves communication and processing, cognitive skills, as well as memory and concentration.


Does home therapy really work?

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iLs has been used at some of the top clinics in the world to address learning difficulties and autism, and it is now available for home use. While I'm not using it for autism, that's a terrific statement of success.

Clients who have used the at-home program have reported substantial improvement in attention and sensory issues.


I was quite impressed by the feedback the program has received. In particular, in liked this client testimonial:



"Together, with occupational therapy and iLs, their sensory issues have almost disappeared. The anxiety and emotions that used to take over lives has subsided."
Anxieties and sensory issues are such a huge thing in my home. In fact, anxieties tend to increase the SPD symptoms, so I'm all for anything that will help anxieties!

We've only just begun using the program and will be using it for three months. I'm hoping to see improvement in my kids processing issues (language, auditory, and sensory).

If you'd like to learn more about the program, check out the science behind iLS. 


If you're interested, contact the company. I had to call them to discuss the fact that my kids have bipolar disorder. The coach I spoke with was helpful, answering all of my concerns.



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Your Homeschool Kids Are Going To Be Weird

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"Your kids will be weird if you homeschool them."

While you may not hear that statement from a homeschool parent, you may hear it from someone who doesn't approve of homeschooling.


I know I have.


Well, guess what! It's true! Your kids will be weird if you homeschool them.


I've homeschooled five kids over the last 17 years. Those kids are currently ages 30, 28, 25, 17 and 13. 


In all those years, I've noticed some differences between kids who go to school and kids who don't.




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If you've been a long-time reader here, you know I'm all about fine arts in the homeschool.

Music, art, composers, artists - I write about them all the time. I've raised several artists and composers.


It's what we do here.


So when I was approached to review Zeezok Publishing's music appreciation curriculum, I couldn't have been more excited!




How to Strike a Homeschool Balance (Without Losing Your Mind!)

Striking a balance in life can be a real challenge. When you're homeschooling your kids th...

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Striking a balance in life can be a real challenge.

When you're homeschooling your kids this is especially true. It's very easy to get off track or let one aspect of life take over to the exclusion of all else.

Recently I faced this problem. 

I had been without a vehicle for a couple of months, so when I finally got one I needed to catch up on everything. Before I knew it, I was on the road all day, every day. 

Eye doctor, neurologist, cheerleading practice, go-go-go! We were so busy, we didn't eat one single meal at home for weeks! 

I had to slow down and get my act together.