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Playing in Sync Helps Kids Connect

Imagine an orchestra playing together or a team of rowers propelling their boat forward. For activities like these, synchrony—when people work together in time—is a key component. Studies have shown that synchrony can increase cooperation and teamwork in adults. A new study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel investigated whether synchrony could…

People with ASD May Be Overwhelmed by Emotions

It is commonly believed that people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) lack empathy. A new study challenges the idea that people with ASD do not feel emotions, instead suggesting that people with ASD are overwhelmed by emotion. The study found that people with ASD feel vicarious embarrassment, known as ‘empathic embarrassment’, when they watch another…

Family Dynamics Influence Children’s Sleep Quantity

Parents agree that sleep is important for their children, but what can parents do to ensure that kids get enough quality hours of sleep? A study from Penn State analyzed how different family behaviors impact children’s sleep. The results show that keeping a regular sleep schedule and restricting caffeine consumption, among other things, can help…

Action Video Game Players Learn Patterns Faster

Could video games help you learn? According to a new study, video games provide more than just entertainment. Researchers at the University of Rochester find that playing action video games improves an individual’s ability to learn. Action game players are able to more quickly build what the researchers call templates—or a paradigm—so they can learn…

Amygdala Reaction Linked to PTSD

Activation of the amygdala, part of the brain that affects emotional reactions and decision-making, can indicate which individuals are at-risk for developing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic experience finds research from a collaboration between the University of Washington, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University. The researchers compared…

“Male Brain” for Adults with Autism

People with autism spectrum disorders are sometimes characterized as having an “extreme male brain.” A large study from the Autism Research Center at the University of Cambridge finds that adults with autism—both men and women—have minds that are typically or extremely male. The study is the largest ever to study the differences between the sexes…

New ADHD Classification Predictor of Future Health

Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University suggest a new way of classifying children’s attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Currently, children with ADHD can be classified as predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, or a combination of both called combined presentation. The new study challenges these types, instead proposing three ADHD classifications based on children’s temperament and brain…

Gestures an Early Indicator of Language Skill

Children begin gesturing before they learn to talk. These gestures can offer clues as to whether children will develop typical language skills, finds a research team from the University of Chicago. The researchers recorded interactions between parents and children. They found that children with brain injuries who used gestures at an early age were more…

Studies Show Girls Get Better Grades

Lately, some critics have claimed that education is leaving boys behind, citing the fact that girls outperform boys in school. In a new analysis from the University of New Brunswick, researchers reviewed over 300 studies examining the differences between boys’ and girls’ grades. They found that girls have consistently received better grades than boys. The…

iLs Clinical Insights: Mosaic Profile

Clinical Insights is a monthly column created to share the best practices and insights of iLs Associates who have shown innovation in developing a successful practice.  Clinical Insights This month we are pleased to introduce our readers to Mosaic Children’s Therapy Clinic, one in a family of three multi-disciplinary clinics in the Seattle, WA area….

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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