Our 8-year-old son struggles with sensory processing disorder. When things spike, we head to occupational therapy… until our insurance bumps us. Sensory processing disorder is not a recognized medical disorder and that makes insurance coverage challenging.
It can look like this: You might start off receiving OT under one code and then get bumped after x-many sessions. Then, when things spiral, you go back to OT and use a different code… until you get bumped after x-many sessions.
Rinse and repeat.
Parents of SPD kiddos are aware of this OT-insurance-coverage dance. It’s frustrating because when you are the parent of a child with sensory processing disorder, there is absolutely no question that the child benefits from services.
It’s important to find a fantastic OT who can help you through the dance. Our OT provides us with a sensory diet to use when we are not attending sessions. Still, I always find myself wishing we could do more. It would be wonderful if we could work on his sensory needs at home, rather than fighting our insurance company.
Recently, I learned about Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Total Focus Home Program, a natural therapy for improving sensory processing skills and attention (and boy, do we need help with that!).
Integrated Listening Systems: Home Therapy for SPD
*Disclosure: I received access to the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Total Focus Home Program at no cost and was compensated for my time. I was not required to write a positive review and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only review resources that I would use with my own family.
My son had been using a different listening program during his occupational therapy sessions… until our insurance bumped us last week. When I asked our occupational therapist if we should try iLS, she answered with a resounding yes. She thought this would be a perfect way to work on his sensory skills at home. The timing was perfect.
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Total Focus Home Program is a multi-sensory approach to brain fitness. Just as you train your body to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to better process sensory, cognitive, and emotional input. This is called neuroplasticity and can be accomplished at any age. The activities are fun and can be customized for all ages and skill levels, for use in clinics, schools, and home.
Integrated Listening Systems has been utilized at some of the top clinics in the world to assist with a host of challenges, from learning disorders to apraxia to ADHD to SPD to autism… and more. It is now available for home use.
But, let’s back up for a second. Are you wondering if your child is gifted/2e?
What is Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Total Focus Home Program?
The Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Total Focus Home Program is a fun, multi-sensory program that can be easily implemented at home. It can be used independently or in conjunction with a clinical program. All equipment needed is included with the program through a rental plan. In addition, each family in connected with a personal coach who helps guide and monitor your program via phone and e-mail.
The program starts off with music and movement. The exercises start off simple but become more challenging with time. These exercises work on hand/eye coordination, balance, attention, and auditory processing abilities. Later, the program incorporates language and cognitive skills. Most iLs Programs are 30-60 minutes in length to be performed 2-5 times per week over a 2-6 month period.
As a mom to a kiddo with sensory stuff, I like that iLS is a movement-based program that incorporates the use of music without the use of screens. The program is fun and challenging and it can be customized to any skill level. In fact, when I told our OT that we had agreed to review iLs, she suggested that our entire family use the program. The truth is, everyone can benefit from a brain boost!
What is included?
Here is what is included with the program:
- An iPod Touch with amplifier, a waist pack, and headphones.
- A balance board
- Weight bean bags
- Playbook, loaded with activities to use during the program
How does Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) work?
iLs is an exercise that seems like more play than work. The child wears a waist pack which contains an iPod filled with iLs-treated music and an amplifier.
- iLs’ special air and bone conduction headphones are connected to the iPod through the amplifier to power the bone conduction.
- While listening to the music, the child performs movement games. These games require visual, auditory, attention, and balance.
- The program also incorporates quiet activities, such as puzzles and art, for parts of the therapy.
- Each session can be customized to meet your child’s needs and a personal coach is available to help with this customization.
- Program sessions are flexible and can be completed in 15-30 minute intervals.
Why iLs Appealed to this Homeschooling Mom
Here are a few of the reasons why I wanted to try iLs:
- Our OT recommended the program
- iLs focuses on improving the functional aspects of learning, including attention, memory, processing, and emotional balance
- One needs only to peruse the iLs website to see the impressive amount of research on program benefits and outcomes
- The program is movement-based, perfect for an active kiddo like mine
- iLs incorporates the use of fantastic music
- The program is play-based, making it appealing for children of all ages
- Everything is included
- The customer service is wonderful
- The program can be used with the entire family
- Integrated Listening Systems receives positive feedback from clinicians, educators, and parents.
How we plan to use iLs Total Focus Home Program in our homeschool:
We just started the program and will continue to use it, with all of our kiddos, throughout the summer. I have to share that I am thoroughly impressed with the company’s customer service. Having a personal coach is fantastic!
We just started the program with our oldest and so far he loves it! After this week, I plan to start using it with our other two also. Our home coach even suggested that I try it myself and I’m not going to lie- I’m really tempted! I can’t wait to report back to you all in a couple months to share our experience!
Do you have a child struggling with “sensory stuff”?
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Do you want to learn more about iLs?
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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