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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 ...


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.


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
  • 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?


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 homeschool kids are 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.

A Simple Way to Include Music Appreciation in Your Homeschool

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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...


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.

Top 10 Homeschool Field Trips in Central Florida

One of the best things about being Central Florida homeschoolers is our access to local resource...

lighthouse in Ponce Inlet

One of the best things about being Central Florida homeschoolers is our access to local resources.

In our area, homeschooling is such a norm that nearly every organization offers something specific to homeschoolers.

I've been homeschooling for almost 17 years and have visited a lot of places. Whether you live here or plan to visit, you'll want to schedule some time to visit these places.


Top 10 Homeschool Field Trips in Central Florida

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In this post, Central Florida refers to the counties of Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, Marion, Sumter, Volusia, and Brevard.

Orlando Science Center in Orlando - The science center offers four floors of live programming, giant screen movies, and hands-on, interactive science exhibits. Homeschoolers can even sign up for STEM classes!

Kennedy Space Center in Titusville - I'm not sure I need to write a description here. We all know what Kennedy Space Center is, right? If you have a science-loving kid, or a future space explorer, this is the place you'll want to visit. 

Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Barberville - I love history and visiting historical places which makes this one a favorite. This little "village" makes for a fun living history field trip. They hold events, classes, and themed field trips at reasonable rates.

Learning about 19th century jobs
at Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando - You'll find three floors (67,000 sq ft) of exhibitions in this history museum. They offer exhibitions, tours, and programs that trace our region’s roots and reflect on the history of the nation. Homeschool classes are available.

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford - Yes, it's a zoo, but with a lot of fun, educational events and activities! Have an adventure on the aerial adventure course or take a swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground. Homeschool classes and workshops available.

Ocala National Forest - A place that is near and dear to my heart (I used to live in this forest), this is a perfect place to expose your young naturalist to the real Florida.

Long and Scott Farms - Great for farm tours, corn and sunflower mazes, and more! Homeschool groups welcome. (We love the sunflower maze!)

Sunflower mazes are
one of the BEST field trips!
Florida State Parks - Any of them. All of them. Take your pick. Many offer educational classes and there's always plenty to learn in our state's forests.

Gillespie Museum of Minerals in DeLand - One of Lorelai's favorites! Located at Stetson University, this museum boasts a collection of 20,000 mineral, rock, and fossil specimens. This was one of Lorelai's favorite field trips. (She loves science. And rocks.)

Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet - This center offers 4-part school tours: a tour through the exhibit gallery, a visit to the Sea Turtle and Seabird Rehabilitation areas, and an educational program beside the Ponce Inlet at Lighthouse Point Park beach.

What have been some of YOUR favorite homeschool field trips? Let me know in the comments.

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