Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
Safe and Sound Protocol
We are excited to offer the new Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) at our clinic. iLs describes the program as a five-day intervention designed by Dr. Stephen Porges based on his Polyvagal Theory to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. By calming the behavioral and physiological state, further therapy is enhanced or even accelerated. Ongoing research has found that this program can help in the following areas:
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Auditory sensitivities
- Anxiety and trauma related challenges
- Stressors that impact social engagement
iLs Focus Series Programs
iLs is recommended for many of the children receiving occupational therapy; however, it is not recommended for every child. For those children who are enrolled in an iLs program, they typically listen to the iLs system during their regular occupational therapy session.
iLs builds a solid foundation for learning and communicating through repeated, gentle stimulation of the following systems: Vestibular, Auditory, Visual Motor, Proprioceptive, Parasympathetic, Cerebellum, and Hemispheric Integration. Enhanced skills may include: coordination, balance, awareness of personal space, hand/eye coordination, sports, motor planning, focus, concentration, confidence, self-regulation, pitch discrimination, auditory processing, and reading. Their music processing techniques are all safe and have been tested over many years of application to both children and adults. This includes bone conduction, frequency filtration, and gating.
Ron Minson, M.D. & Edward Hallowell, M.D. "How Integrated Listening Systems Works"