iLs & Speech Therapy

The iLs Interactive Language Program (ILP) is a unique tool for improving receptive and expressive speech functions. The ILP is applied for all ages and abilities relevant to the following goals: articulation, phonemic awareness, auditory memory, auditory figure ground and dichotic listening. Therapists working with children on the autism spectrum also use the ILP as an effective social training tool.

auditory“While all of the children showed some improvement in the other areas of auditory processing, 22 of the 29 tested at or above normal limits in ALL areas of auditory processing (auditory decoding, prosodics, integration, organization, and association) after the program…” – Aimee Levin Weiner, AuD, speaking on her auditory processing disorder study.

Andrea Pointer, CCC-SLP discusses how iLs is implemented in her clinic, Kids Kount Therapy Services. Topics covered include how the ILP (Interactive Language Program) microphone equipment is used within a speech therapy session, and how the integration of iLs into speech therapy fits into an SLP scope of practice.

How do I integrate iLs into my practice?

iLs offers SLPs a tool for improving both receptive and expressive skills, as seen in the above video. Implementation of iLs is typically done simultaneously with speech therapy More

  • After OT (in a multi-disciplinary clinic): Many SLPs working with OTs will begin using iLs after their OT colleague has completed the first phase of combining iLs with OT, which may vary from 10-30 sessions. This lays the foundation (i.e. improved attention, regulation and sensory processing) for the Speech-Language Pathologists to use iLs’ Integrated Language Program (ILP).
  • Simultaneously with speech therapy: Speech-Language Pathologists use traditional speech language therapy simultaneously with iLs’ receptive phase to address auditory processing, literacy, language, voice and cognitive-linguistic deficits. In this process, the client is wearing headphones, listening to iLs’ receptive language programs at a low volume while working with the therapist. Sessions are the same length as traditional speech therapy.
  • Expressive language exercises: Once a client has been reintroduced to frequencies of language through the music, each session can be split up to incorporate a receptive and expressive component. The receptive component is described in the bullet above; the expressive component, iLs’ Integrative Language Program (ILP), involves the use of a microphone and headphones for the purpose of working on voice quality, The ILP worksheet is utilized as a screening to gather baseline data and to record improvement. Weak areas are targeted in both pre-recorded language exercises (i.e. using stimuli from the dedicated ILP i-Pod) and a natural approach (i.e. using stimuli guided by interactions between the client and therapist).
  • Supplementary home program: Many Speech-Language Pathologists recommend an iLs home program for clients who are able to utilize activities from the iLs Playbook – balance, visual, proprioceptive, etc. – on their own, simultaneously with the clinic program. Playbook activities help reducing stress, improve self-regulation, attention, sensory processing, etc., which makes them easier to work with. It is important, however, Speech-Language Pathologists do not attempt to utilize the iLs Playbook as a treatment modality in clinic because it addresses deficits outside the SLP’s scope of practice.

How do I integrate iLs into working with ASD?

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  3. Purchase equipment: please view our product page to get a close up, and call us to learn more about what’s best for your practice, pricing, etc.
  4. Professional Development: continue to hone your ils expertise through specialized webinars, advanced training, case studies and Clinical Insights series (sent to you monthly by email), iLs Associates Group on Facebook, and more.
  5. Support: Once trained, iLs Associates may access the  iLs Professional Resources pages of the web site for forms, documents and materials related to the marketing and application of iLs in their practice.  Additionally, webinars, newsletters and case studies are available to support ongoing professional development.   Equipment and light clinical support are available at no cost via email and telephone. For more detailed case consultation, iLs’ Clinic Directors and Advanced Certification trainers, Mariane Judd, PhD(Psych) and Joanne McIntyre, OT, M.S(Psych) are available by appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do SLPs incorporate iLs into their practice? More

SLPs incorporate iLs into their practice because this therapy tool provides a means to enhance sensory input (i.e. address subcortical functions) while continuing to address targeted speech-language/voicing goals, increase attention and focus with directed tasks, enhance auditory and language processing skills, and address organizational components of speech and language.  Social skills improve through the use of the microphone (Interactive Language Program) and through the interactive components of the program.  The multi-tasking required with adding iLs as a therapeutic modality is more intensive within a shorter time frame and the progress is at a much faster rate. A key point to remember is iLs is not intended to serve as a stand-alone speech therapy modality; the iLs program should be used as a dynamic and integral component of the therapy.

Does iLs fit into the SLP’s ‘scope of practice’?More

iLs’ three main components of receptive language, expressive language and movement may be used independent of each other or they may be used together.  iLs feels Speech-Language Pathologists incorporating iLs the receptive and expressive components into their traditional therapy are practicing within scope of practice guidelines, provided speech therapy exercises occur simultaneously.

In order to maintain records and practices within a SLP’s scope of practice, the critical documentation always focuses on progress made with regards to speech-language, cognitive-linguistic, voicing, literacy/phonological awareness, and auditory processing goals.  The focus of goals and progress towards goals should always include evidenced-based practice guidelines for each therapy session.

Based on the ASHA’s Position Statement (2005) regarding (C)APD and the Role of Audiologists, programs for treating and managing APD should

1-     Involve a combination of bottom-up and top-down approaches.

2-     Service delivery should be intensive and extensive.

3-     Therapeutic approaches should take advantage of cortical reorganization and principles of neuroplasticity.

iLs is based upon the principles of neuroplasticity.  As such, it is important that iLs programs be implemented both intensively and extensively to achieve optimal results.

Utilizing the iLs Interactive Language Program (ILP), both bottom-up (auditory training) and top-down (i.e., cognitive, metacognitive, and language strategies) approaches are utilized.  For example, the dichotic and auditory figure ground tasks of the ILP incorporate a bottom-up approach.  Top-down approaches are addressed with auditory sound blending, rhyming and songs, tongue twisters, auditory associations, auditory memory and other exercises.

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Understanding iLs and how it works

iLs is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity.  As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we can build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.   iLs trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills.

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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