iLs’ programs are based on the premise that healthy self-regulation, processing and motor skills are dependent upon a mature and properly integrated nervous system. When the nervous system is immature or faulty, the flow of information between the brain’s two hemispheres and/or integration of sensory information from the visual, auditory and motor systems can be disrupted. As a result, many problems can arise including: poor impulse control, deficits in attention and concentration, poor academic performance, challenges with balance, coordination and motor control, and poor auditory and sensory processing. These types of problems are commonly reported among children with ADHD, learning disabilities and autism and are precisely the types of issues that iLs addresses.
Research shows that the brain has the ability to change in response to stimulation. This is known as “neuroplasticity” or “cortical re-mapping”. iLs programs activate the pathways used in the processing of sensory information by providing gentle and specific stimulation. This is essentially a type of training: neuronal connections in these pathways are strengthened through repeated sessions of multi-sensory input. iLs programs are customized, i.e. individualized for each person’s therapeutic goals, and they gradually become more complex and challenging as they progress.
iLs programs include classical music that has been acoustically modified to provide enhanced or filtered signals in certain frequencies, as specific frequencies are believed to be correlated to certain brain functions. The music is loaded on an iPod paired with special headphones which deliver it through both air and bone conduction (a low frequency vibration that is conducted by bone into the inner ear and vestibule). Simultaneous to the auditory component, the user engages in visual, vestibular and motor exercises which maximize the interaction of these systems.