Music Therapy and Integrated Listening in Orlando

Music Therapy Orlando

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.

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What is iLs (Integrated Listening System)?

Music Therapy and Integrated Listening System

iLs is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function. It is an enjoyable activity, or "exercise," which can be customized for all ages and skill levels for implementation in clinic, school or home. iLs programs improve emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information with improved regulation and processing. Our ability to focus, think, and engage successfully in social situations also improves.

iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems and their function: auditory, visual, vestibular (balance and coordination), motor, cognitive (thinking and reasoning) and emotional. As a result, it is successfully applied to a wide variety of conditions:

  • Learning - Building the skills which enable success in school: attention, reading, visual and auditory processing, memory, self-expression, social skills
  • Performance Optimization - Improving processing speed and timing (athletics), creativity and imagination (arts and business), self–esteem and self-confidence (personal development)
  • Neuro-Developmental, ASD - Achieving therapeutic goals related to emotional and behavioral regulation, sensory processing, communication and social skills; examples: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy
  • Psychological/Emotional - Improving attention, emotional balance and vitality
  • Rehabilitation - Recovering energy and skills related to language, movement and cognitive function (memory, organization, planning) after a stroke or head injury
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Teaching Protocols of iLs

iLs Orlando Teaching Protocols

There are 5 Protocols with the iLs. Each one pin points, concentrates on and assists the client in rectifying and realigning their deficiencies. 3-4 week rest period, maintenance of approximately one session weekly This approach with iLs is self-corrective, meaning the client will not regress once a full protocol is completed. I highly recommend that after a break from the program, a client revisits for maintenance, approximately once a week for one hour. The 5 Protocols are the following:

  • Sensory Motor - Stimulation to the vestibular system and body zone. Assists in strengthening balance, coordination, dyspraxia/motor planning, fine and gross motor concerns, hypotonia and lack of spatial awareness
  • Reading, Phonemic Awareness, Writing – Introduced after the Sensory motor protocol. Emphasis of this program is on the frequencies related to language. Stimulation of speech and language center, relevant to decoding, phonics, auditory processing, sequencing and speed of processing. Assists is memory bank and recalling events and readings.
  • Concentration, Attention, and Focusing - These protocols share similarities with the Reading Protocol. This protocol enhances mental awareness, stimulates the vestibular system by bone conduction. Benefits greatly with focus and concentration.
  • Teen/Adult Optimal Performance - Higher frequencies are used in this protocol. They are used as positive influences on our high cognitive centers and on the unconsciousness itself. Emotional blocks may be in the way of fully engaging our creativity; this protocol will assist in bringing these blocks to the surface.
  • Spectrum Protocol - Specifically designed to help in sensory integration, motor planning, language acquisition and hypersensitivity to sound – difficulties that are often common with children and adults on the autistic spectrum or with developmental delays.