Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) is a unique multi-sensory system, which combines auditory (sound), movement (motor) and language features to simultaneously enhance the brain’s neuronal connectivity (brain’s ability to make new connections), while positively impacting each of these areas:
- Vestibular (balance system with contributions to our postural and visual systems)
- Proprioceptive (sensory receptors within our joints and muscles)
- and Visual Systems.
As the individualized program progresses, iLs also affords improved performance in areas of Cognitive and Language (Receptive and Language) Processing.
History and Significance
Dr. Ron Minson and his wife Kate O’Brien Minson, after seeking remediation for their daughter who was diagnosed with severe dyslexia and depression, founded iLs. Dr. Minson studied with renowned French ENT, Dr. Tomatis after hearing about improvements with his approach using the Sound Therapy Program for children with learning difficulties. Dr. Tomatis studied the role of the ear in relation to improved brain functioning. Dr. Minson spent many years refining Dr. Tomatis’ theories, following the noteworthy improvements with his daughter, to eventually develop iLs in 2007.
Dr. Dana underwent the basic training in 2011 and has been working with iLs since 2013 as a physical therapist trainer. In 2013, she became certified as an advanced iLs practitioner and was trained by Dr. Minson and Anne Brownstone, OTR. Dr. Dana uses iLs and customizes programs for her patients. She has witnessed remarkable improvements with her pediatric and adolescent clientele in Riverdale and Scarsdale, NY. Additionally, she supervises parents and coordinates with other professionals (OT, SLP, psychologists and Special Education Itinerant Teachers (SEIT’s) during home iLs programs.