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Listening Therapies


Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) Program

Integrated Listening Systems is a program based on the work of Alfred Tomatis, a French Ear, Nose and Throat physician, utilizing altered music, bone conduction and movement activities to retrain parts of the brain involved in learning, communicating and moving.  Combining an auditory program with specific visual and balance activities, iLs strengthens neurological pathways and improves our ability tot learn and to process information.  


The three main systems for organizing sensory input – visual, auditory and balance (vestibular) – are highly interrelated.  Exercising all three systems simultaneously is a holistic approach.


Some of the benefits from this program include:

Improved sensory regulation

Improved vestibular functioning

Improved balance and coordination

Improved visual motor skills

Improved motor planning

Improved reading, writing, and cognitive function

Improved auditory processing

Improved concentration and memory


The iLs programs vary in length from 15-40 sessions and require 60 minutes of listening and activities three to five times per week.  Ideally, the program is completed in both the home and clinic environments, which requires the purchase of specific equipment for home use.


A therapist trained in iLs will customize a specific program for a child based on his or her particular needs.


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Therapeutic Listening®

Therapeutic Listening® is a structured sound-based program of listening to electronically altered music. Its roots are also in the work of Alfred Tomatis and Dr. Guy Beard, a French medical doctor. Therapeutic Listening® uses sound training in combination with sensory integrative treatment techniques. The program uses equipment and music to produce specific effects on listening skills. Listening is a function of the whole body and has wide reaching effects. The sound stimulation used in Therapeutic Listening® seems to set up the nervous system in preparation for skill growth. Some of the effects of the Therapeutic Listening® program include:

Improved sensory modulation/self-regulation

Decrease in sensory defensive behaviors

Increased attention and focus

A smoothing of mood variance

Improved postural control and bilateral motor patterns

Improved fine motor skills

Increased timing and sequencing

Improved communication skills

and many others!

A Therapeutic Listening® program is specially designed for each client by an occupational therapist trained and certified in the program. It requires the purchase of specific headphones and CD's for use at home. The listening is done 1-2 times daily for 30-60 minutes. A therapist trained in Therapeutic Listening® must evaluate the child to determine if the program would be beneficial.

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For more information on Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) or Therapeutic Listening® or our services, please call Sarah Banker at 816-255-8929 or email her at


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