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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 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 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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Why I Don't Limit My Daughter's Minecraft Time

Find out why a mom who has led her children through a screen-free lifestyle would choose not to limit time on Minecraft. #minecraft

It may surprise you to read this, but I don't set limits on my daughter's Minecraft time.

If you know me or have been reading this blog long enough, you know that I'm not big on screens. Each year, our family participates in Screen-Free Week and I've even written a series of posts called Screen-Free Family Activities.

We didn't have television in my home (no service anyway) for many years. My youngest two, who are now 16 and 11, didn't have T.V. until they were 14 and 9.

So why would a mom who has led a pretty Screen-Free lifestyle not set limits on Minecraft?

Why Public School Would NEVER Work for Us

I can't speak for everyone, but public school would never work for my family. Here's why.

I can't speak for everyone, but I know this: Public school would NEVER work for my family. Here's why.

As I drove by an elementary school one day, the thought of sending my kids to school passed through my mind. Not that I want to send them. It was just a thought. 

I recalled the excitement of getting the kids ready for the first day of school. No sooner than I had that thought, I had another thought.

"We could never do the school thing." 

It simply wouldn't work for us. Here's why.

I Have a Problem with Labeling Kids, Not with Diagnosing Them

In this post, I challenge the concept of 'labels' when it comes to children and their special needs diagnoses. #specialneeds #parenting

This topic has been on my mind for a while now. A long while. 

I don't understand why so many people have a problem with so-called labels when it comes to kids' illnesses or disorders.

Why? Why is it a problem? Actually, what I want to know is:

Why are you calling a diagnosis a label?

If my child has a cancer or flu, should I rush away from the doctor's office proclaiming, "I won't have my child labeled?" No.

Instead, I take the information, learn about the causes and symptoms, and then I work toward helping my child get better. Why is it different for other illnesses or disorders?

Why do we call those labels rather than diagnoses?

Your Kid Is Weird: Life on the Autism Spectrum

Guest Post by Lee of A Geeky Ginger.

Sometimes, as special needs parents, we feel a need to protect our kids. We might feel like we should hide the things that might make them seem 'weird' to other people. But here's a thought:  What if we embraced what makes our children different? This mom is sharing what it's like to be a child on the spectrum, always trying to hide who you are - and why that's a good reason to embrace your kids' weirdness.

Your kid is weird. Your child is strange. So is mine. So is every child on the autism spectrum.  

We have kind-hearted, genuine, loving, sensitive, compassionate, passionate, intelligent, INCREDIBLE people that we're raising. That, my friends, is something we all should be very proud of.

Unfortunately, not many people are proud to admit who their child is. 

Many people want to try to hide it from the world. They don't want to "label" their child in eyes of others. They don't want other children, parents, teachers, or random strangers looking at their child as the autistic kid.

But why not? Why hide that? 

You and I know our kids will never get away from it. They will not suddenly wake up one day neurologically "normal." I know this because I have yet to wake up neurologically "normal." 

I have Asperger's and I am completely happy to tell others. I also let others know my child has it.

Why shout out to the world how weird your child is?

5 Pinteresting Homeschool Boards You Should Follow

A list of five Pinterest boards specifically designed to inspire you in your homeschool journey.

Pinterest is a lot of things: Fun, entertaining, a great bookmark and, if you're a website owner, a terrific source of traffic.

Do you know what else it is? A homeschool resource. Whether you're in need of ideas for a science project or worksheets for math someone has surely bookmarked it on Pinterest.

I am one of those people. I have loved Pinterest from the start have over 60 boards, because I try to keep things organized. I don't pin everything I see, but when I do pin, I want to be able to find it later.

Today I'm sharing with you five of my favorite homeschool boards. They're my favorite subjects, therefore my favorite boards.

Coming to Grips with My Homeschool Reality

A mother's acceptance of the unusual schedules and accommodations needed to homeschool children with bipolar disorder.

Today I publicly proclaim my commitment to come to grips with my reality. 

For two years, I've struggled against this beast I'll call "Reality". Oh, at first, I blamed it on me. I thought I just needed to make changes. Perhaps I was too depressed, my house too dark, my situation too unbearable. I just needed to fix these things.

In time, I've come to the cold, hard realization that "Reality" is what it is. It's not going to be changed by my efforts, demands or stubborn refusal to comply. 

10 Things You Should Know About Aspies

Who knows better about Aspergers than someone who has it? Here are 10 things this Aspie homeschool mom wants you to know. #Aspergers #Aspies

This is week #8 in iHomeschool Network's 10 in 10 series where this week the writing prompt is "10 Things You Should Know About Me". My angle on this is.... 

10 Things You Should Know About Aspies

Aspie is a nickname of sorts for someone who has Aspergers Syndrome. Asperger's is a high functioning form of autism. 

Like all forms, it's on a spectrum. 

Some aspies are higher functioning than others. The higher-functioning, the fewer symptoms exist in that person.  

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