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 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.

{Disclosure: I received this product free of charge and have been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.}

What Is Integrated Listening Systems (ILS)?

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) has been used at some of the top clinics in the world to assist with various challenges, from autism to ADHD, and is now available for home use.

Integrated Listening Systems is a multi-sensory approach to brain fitness. Working out the brain is just as important as working out the body. By exercising the mind, we can help retrain the way it processing input. Read more in my first post about ILS.

Working ILS into the Homeschool Schedule

You know that saying about the best laid plans, right?

When we started the program, a coach contacted me to go over how to use it. She asked me how I thought I'd work it into our schedule.

The idea is to use it 2-5 times per week, for 30-60 minutes each session. I agreed to use it at least three times per week. I'd have to work around the bipolar sleep issues, of course.

*Important Note: If your child has bipolar disorder, discuss this in detail with your coach. There are certain precautions to take in order not to trigger mania. 

I'll be honest with you here. Life has been super-crazy-busy for months. My original plan was to use this program 3-5 times per week. But with all the hustle and bustle of our lives, it became a challenge to just get it worked in twice a week.

Fortunately, the program is flexible. If you can't do it in the morning, you can do it in the evening. I suggest putting it in your homeschool schedule. But if the day goes off in other directions, you can do it at a more convenient time.

Listening Therapy for Processing Disorders

The child listens to classical music on an iPod while doing physical exercises and activities. This combination of physical activity and music gives the brain a workout, improving processing functions.

Improving processing abilities is just what we need!

During the course of using ILS, Lorelai was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder (APD). The audiologist gave me lists of therapies, some at specialists, but many at home. It turns out ILS covered most of the home therapies! 

Music, exercises, brain training activities - it's all in the program!

The iLS program seeks to improve attention, processing, and memory. These are areas kids with processing disorders like dyslexia, SPD, and APD need to improve.

I am seeing improvements. I think Alexis needs a lot of time with the program to improve her level of sensory issues, but overall I see that the program works.

Previously, Lorelai hated reading. OK, she's still not thrilled with it. Dyslexia is her enemy. But since beginning the Total Focus Program, I have found reading books, which is something she never did before. Not only is she reading them, but she can narrate the stories back to me, which means she's processing the information!

What I Liked about ILS

  • ILS is a complete system for brain fitness. It comes with all the tools you need to get to work (play?) right away.
  • This program is flexible, allowing you to work time into your schedule.
  • Everyone in the family can use it.
  • It uses music and physical activity to retrain the brain.
  • It's great to have a personal coach helping you along the way. My coach was Sharon. She is experienced with kids who have bipolar disorder and anxiety issues, so she worked to make sure we considered that on every point of action.
  • ILS is fun! The kids play games, practice balance, and a number of other fun activities while listening to classical music.

Learn More about ILS

I highly recommend this program for kids (or adults!) who struggle with processing disorders.

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1 comment

  1. I love iLs!!! Keep up the great work! Thanks for sharing your homeschooling/life's story. So many others need to know that they can do it too!


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