iLs & Autism Spectrum Disorders

ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, hypersensitivities, attention, motor coordination and repetitive behaviours.More

iLs addresses the development of whole brain/body integration through a staged developmental approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression, and social skills. We support a multi-disciplinary approach to helping those on the autism spectrum, including behavioural, relationship-based, sensory and bio-medical methods.

iLs & Other Therapies:

iLs is an effective intervention on its own or may be implemented in conjunction with a range of other therapies, such as Speech, Occupational and Physiotherapy.

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iLs and Behavior-based Interventions:

Many ABA trained therapists implement iLs alongside ABA. The benefits of this combination are evidenced by both immediate (better quality ABA sessions) and long-term results (social/behaviour change is accelerated by improved regulation and processing);

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iLs & Relationship-based Interventions:

DIR/Floortime, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) and SCERTS are excellent complements to iLs’ approach. iLs headphone equipment can be worn simultaneous to these approaches with children over 2 years of age.

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Supporting Research

In 2012 an independent, non-profit research group conducted a survey with therapists who had used iLs with over 1300 children on the autism spectrum. Full chart available below.

Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Often+Always
Motor Coordination 1% 10% 40% 47% 87%
Self-Regulation 10% 46% 41% 87%
Sensory Int/ Processing 7% 40% 50% 90%
Arousal 13% 53% 28% 81%
Attention 13% 54% 33% 87%
Transitions 1% 10% 61% 24% 85%
Following Verbal Directions 14% 47% 37% 84%

Spiral Foundation Study

The Spiral Foundation of Boston, MA conducted a controlled study of 18 children diagnosed with autism. Significant improvement was shown in the areas of social skills and emotional regulation; quantity and quality of atypical and problem behaviors including behaviour during treatment; number and severity of autistic behaviors; and overall functional adaptive behavior skills; visual, fine and gross motor.  The iLs programs were conducted at home by parents. The full paper has been submitted for publication. A synopsis of the study.

Case Studies

Clinical Feedback

Hundreds of iLs-trained therapists are working with the ASD population, and their constant feedback helps iLs management continually improve the program and training. Specific advice from experienced therapists using iLs with ASD includes the following:

  • Acclimation: Begin with short sessions at low volume; be patient, most kids acclimate within a few sessions but some take longer!
  • Resisting headphones: iLs training includes tips on how to get headphones on kids who at first resist the auditory and tactile sensations
  • Program Choice: the iLs Sensory Motor program is specifically designed as a gentle program for those with sensory processing challenges and hyper-sensitivity
  • Frequency: longer programs with frequent sessions realize the best results, e.g. 4-6 sessions per week for 60 sessions (many kids prefer doing it daily once they feel the more regulated effect)
  • Complementary: iLs is typically, but not always, used in conjunction with other therapies, e.g. OT, Physiotherapy, Speech, ABA and Floortime. These therapies, and others, are complementary and can be done simultaneous to iLs.

Watch two short videos by clinicians using iLs More

Interview with Lisa McDonough, M.D. Pediatric Medicine

Dr. Deborah Merritt: Combining iLs with ABA Therapy

Autism Survey with iLs Professionals: In what areas is iLs effective?

Sensory-Motor/ Behavior Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Often+Always
Acting Out 1% 20% 46% 28% 74%
Balance 1% 16% 42% 38% 80%
Digestion 3% 12% 27% 19% 5% 24%
Motor Coordination 1% 10% 40% 47% 87%
Motor Planning 1% 14% 41% 40% 81%
Self-Injurious Behaviors 2% 1% 28% 20% 8% 28%
Self-Regulation 10% 46% 41% 87%
Sensory Int/ Processing 7% 40% 50% 90%
Self–Stimulatory Behaviors 1% 3% 31% 31% 19% 50%
Sleep 1% 1% 25% 40% 12% 52%
Social-Emotional Skills Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Often+Always
Arousal 13% 53% 28% 81%
Attention 13% 54% 33% 87%
Awareness of Personal Space 2% 19% 45% 25% 70%
Mood 3% 17% 50% 28% 78%
Self Confidence 1% 18% 46% 25% 71%
Sleep Transitions 3% 20% 36% 9% 45%
Transitions 1% 10% 61% 24% 85%
Language/ Academic Skills Never Rarely Sometimes Often Always Often+Always
Auditory Processing 1% 11% 41% 38% 79%
Expressive Language 19% 44% 31% 75%
Following Verbal Directions 14% 47% 37% 84%
Processing Verbal Commands 13% 45% 36% 81%
Reading 2% 22% 40% 12% 52%
Social Skills 3% 24% 51% 20% 71%
Writing 1% 5% 27% 38% 12% 50%

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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Balwyn North, Vic. 3104
Phone: 0413 738 958
0432 689 199

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Balwyn North, Vic. 3104
Phone: 0432 689 199

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