SOURCE: Integrated Listening Systems

Integrated Listening Systems

November 03, 2015 08:30 ET

Arousal Study Indicates Integrated Listening Systems Is an Effective Behavioral Solution for Children With Sensory Processing Challenges

"Important and Clinically Meaningful Gains Were Achieved by all Participants" in This Pilot Study - Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR, Study Author

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Nov 3, 2015) - Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), a provider of multi-sensory programs and products for improving brain function and emotional regulation, today announced the findings of a recent pilot study that measured the effect of the iLs Program. The study, titled "A Pilot Study of Integrated Listening Systems for Children With Sensory Processing Problems" published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention, Volume 8, Issue 3, 2015, found that participants showed physiological and behavioral improvement after a 40-hour iLs Program. "Thus, the iLs Program may be beneficial for school- or clinic-based intervention."

The iLs Program combines listening to acoustically processed music through specialized headphones while simultaneously doing balance, movement and visual activities. The study of the iLs Program was implemented without a therapist, mostly in an at-home environment. It involved having the seven participants complete the iLs Program four times per week at home, and once a week in clinic with a para-professional.

ABAS Test (Adaptive Behavior Assessment System) results showed improvement in all sub-categories, with significant improvement in communication and self-care. The BASC Test (Behavior Assessment System for Children) results showed significant changes in seven of the sub-tests, including hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, depression, atypicality, adaptability and activities of daily living. This study states that there is "preliminary evidence that iLs is effective in ameliorating conditions for some of the children with sensory over-responsivity and auditory processing impairments...notable changes included following directions, completing daily tasks (e.g. homework, morning routine, putting away belongings) in a timely manner and reducing emotional outbursts."

"This small study is one of the first to provide empirical evidence of the effects of the iLs Program and to suggest an impact on underlying physiological mechanisms," said Dr. Schoen, administrator of the study. "Important and clinically meaningful gains were achieved by all participants in home and educationally-related goals. Changes in physiological arousal suggest the iLs Program is impacting underlying regulation mechanisms that may be contributing to the observed behavioral changes...increased relaxation, fewer meltdowns and a generally calmer disposition for participants whose arousal decreased."

"This study supports years of clinical observation showing that iLs Programs can improve both behavior and levels of arousal. These changes, taken together, suggest a greater degree of self-regulation and resilience for children faced with sensory processing challenges and/or autism," said Ron Minson, MD.

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About Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
iLs provides a multisensory program for improving brain function and emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information. iLs equipment utilizes sound therapy based on advanced psychoacoustics and takes it to a new level of efficacy by combining it with visual and balance activities that are performed while listening. iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system and is successfully applied to a wide variety of conditions, including those related to emotional and behavioral regulation, sensory processing, communication and social skills including Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. iLs Programs may be applied for learning skills (building skills which enable success in school), performance optimization, psychological/emotional applications and rehabilitation (recovering energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function after a stroke or head injury). http://www.integratedlistening.com

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