What is the iLs Focus Series?
The iLs Focus is core product for implementing the iLs method of brain/body integration. Including music, movement and cognitive components, the Focus is as much a game, or an exercise, as it is a therapy. The different versions of the Focus, the Focus Series, give it flexibility, making implementation easier in clinics, schools and home.
How does it work?
As a truly multi-sensory program, the iLs Focus is customizable for all skill levels. The activities become more challenging as one progresses; and, as one’s ability to concentrate and process sensory information improves, confidence and self-regulation also build. In young people, this staged approach gradually develops a foundation for successful learning and regulated behavior. In adults, the improvement in focus and processing often results in better performance and a happier disposition.
The structure of Focus program varies according to the individual’s needs. Often, clinic programs are augmented by home use to attain the suggested frequency of 3-5 times per week.
All Focus Systems Include:
- IPOD – loaded with specific music programs
for sensory, concentration, reading, auditory
processing, and performance
- AMP – with adjustable air and bone conduction volume
- HEADPHONES – custom-fitted with bone conduction capability
- INTEGRATION KIT – for visual motor and balance activities
- WAISTPACK – adjustable for children and adults
At STAR Center our therapists use iLs for a few key reasons: it can be customized to each individual’s needs, the bone conduction delivery is a wonderful vestibular supplement, and the quality of the music is remarkable... We have seen tremendous developmental growth spurts using iLs in combination with OT. iLs combined with OT seems to accelerate or “jump start” many of the children’s developmental changes. It also can have a calming effect on some children which makes it easier for our therapists to work with the child. In general, we see accelerated gains by adding iLs to OT… We use it with most of our children in clinic and we often send clients home with an iLs Focus system for continuation of therapy once their intensive short-term program is complete.
Who uses the iLs Focus Series?
The iLs Focus series is a complementary therapy that can be integrated into a broad variety of practices such as:
- Speech Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- ADHD Coaching
- Autism Specialties
- Psychology / Counseling
- Sports Coaching
Hear parents and practitioners discuss how iLs works and the results they’ve seen.
We are continually exploring and adding interviews and conversations with scientific experts. Past notable interviewees include Dr. Norman Doidge, Dr. Stephen Porges, Drs. Lucy Jane Miller and Sarah Schoen, and Kim Barthel, OTR/L.
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 are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age.
See How iLs Influences Learning for more details.
See the iLs Research page for data and case studies on iLs with learning, attention, reading, auditory processing, autism, head injury and stroke rehab.