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What is Listening Therapy?

Listening Therapy uses structured programmes of listening to specially designed music which are individually selected for each client. The technique has been adapted from the work of various individuals, including Guy Berard, Alfred Tomatis, Steven Porges, and Ingo Steinbach.

Listening plays a vital role in the sensory integration process. Research and clinical experience have shown that using sound-based interventions for clients with sensory processing difficulties can increase treatment effectiveness.

The Listening Therapy programme we offer is called Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) which is based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French ENT specialist.

What is iLs?

iLs is an intensive multi-sensory programme for improving brain function and processing at both the cortical and sub-cortical levels. It incorporates enjoyable activities and exercises which can be customised for all ages and skill levels for implementation in clinic, school or home. It has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems: balance, visual, auditory, motor, coordination, behavior and emotional regulation. 

The design of each iLs programme combines the advanced psychoacoustics of a specific listening schedule with integrating balance and visual activities. High specification headphones include a bone conduction facility which can have a regulating and calming effect on the user.

Further details about iLs including a video clip about how it works can be found at http://www.integratedlistening.com/howilsworksvideo/

Who is it for?

iLs methodology has has shown benefits in people of all ages who want to increase:

  • Concentration, focus
  • Cognitive skills, memory
  • Reading and writing
  • Visual, auditory and motor- co-ordination
  • Visual, auditory and general information processing
  • Processing speed
  • Mental and physical energy
  • Self-confidence
  • Mood
  • Behavior

iLs can also heal people reduce or eliminate:

  • Anxiousness
  • Feeling stressed
  • Feeling overwhelmed, overloaded
  • Difficulties with learning
  • Feeling tired
  • Poor academic/work performance

 Experience suggests that the programme will not help with:

  • Tinnitus
  • Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • OCD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Seizure disorder
  • Nerve-related hearing loss

The Allied Health practice is able to offer the programme to children, young people and adults.

What is involved in the programme?

iLs programmes are intensive but designed to be flexible to fit in with your schedule as much as possible. Typically a programme involves 3 or more sessions a week and lasts for 12-15 weeks. It includes a combination of home and school or clinic-based activities lasting 30 minutes to an hour. We discuss with you at the programme planning stage what will work best for you.

The Occupational Therapist undertakes pre and post testing to set a baseline and chart progress. Also re-evaluation and progress check at mid-way point.

What is the cost of an iLs programme?

The cost of the programme will depend on how many sessions are needed. Payment can be spread over the course of the programme, payable monthly in advance. 

At the start of the programme we use standardized assessments to set a baseline against which we can monitor progress. At mid-point and at the end of the programme we do re-testing to evaluate and chart progress made. iLs is an intensive clinic programme supported by at-home sessions.  Equipment rental and a final report are included.

Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme.


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