INTEGRATED LISTENING SYSTEM (iLs) By Redfield & O’Brien Minson



iLs is a multi sensory and a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity we perform better.


We start with music and movement, but then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers of simultaneous processing. The program involves no computer screens of any type.


Who Benefits from iLS

iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system. As a result, it is successfully integrated into a wide variety of programs, including performance optimization and therapeutic goals related to learning difficulties, neurodevelopment conditions such as Autism, psychological/emotional therapy and stroke/head injury rehab.

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


How iLS Works

The notion that the brain is able to change in response to stimulation, an ability known as “neuroplasticity,” is now so widely accepted it can be called fact.   iLS programs are based on this principle, providing gentle and specific stimulation in order to activate the neural pathways used in the processing of sensory information.



The Interactive Language Program (ILP) is designed to help children and adults improve various auditory processing skills such as:

  • phonemic awareness
  • auditory memory
  • auditory figure ground
  • dichotic listening
  • It also enhances the ability to use the voice for communication and expression.

The overall Interactive Language Program begins with easy activities to gain comfort in hearing one’s own voice and confidence with using voice through microphone feedback. Skills are then grouped into categories: repeating words and phrases, high and low- pass filtered words, memory words, auditory figure ground, dichotic listening and ultimately, reading aloud. Each category of skills contains activities that are organized from easy to difficult.   A complete ILP session can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. The length of the session will vary depending on the needs of an individual client. A typical ILP session consists of one or two language activities combined with 1 to 3 music tracks from the Ear-Brain program of iLs. The combination of programs can vary across sessions and are selected to maximize the  client’s ability to focus on and practice skills for any given day.

What are the benefits?

The program has a series of progressive activities to develop:

  • Functional listening skills
  • Improved auditory and language processing
  • Good posture
  • Intonation
  • Fluidity of speech
  • Enunciation
  • Reading skills
  • Spelling skills
  • Confidence
  • Helps them to become clear and effective communicators/speakers.


Integrated Listening Systems: School Demo

Ron Minson, M.D. & Edward Hallowell, M.D.: “How iLs Works”

iLs featured on NBC news story, May 16, 2010

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