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NOTE: The "Tomatis Method", as mentioned in some of the research below, refers to a method of auditory stimulation developed by Dr. Alfred Tomatis. DLS founder, and the current iLs trainer, Ron Minson, MD was a close friend and student of Dr. Tomatis; therefore the iLs professional training and clinical studies continue in the same vein as both Tomatis and DLS.

The research listed below is, in some cases, strictly auditory stimulation (e.g. Tomatis Method and Dynamic Listening Systems) and in others a combination of auditory, visual, and motor stimulation (e.g. the Longitudinal Study from U. of New Mexico).

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UNIVERSITY-BASED CONTROLLED STUDY REGARDING LITERACY

J. Anne Calhoun, Ph. D. Educational Psychology, University of New Mexico
ABSTRACT: A controlled study involving 64 K-2 at risk students was conducted by U of New Mexico researcher Anne Calhoon, Ph.D. Students participated in the Alpha Program,* a program combining iLs with art therapy. The average improvement in reading over the 3-month intervention was 2 years.

AN INVESTIGATION TO EVALUATE THE BENEFITS OF THE INTEGRATED LISTENING SYSTEMS IN PRIMARY/EARLY ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS (KINDERGARTEN-THIRD GRADE): THE CASE OF VALLEY VIEW ACADEMY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Jeannie Dubitsky, Ed. D., University of California, Davis, 2014

ABSTRACT: Ten students were measured over an academic year of using iLs while at school. Students showed improvement in all areas evaluated - physical, academic, social and emotional development - after experiencing the iLs program.

ILS HOME PROGRAM AUTISM STUDY

Theresa May Benson, PhD, OTR/L

ABSTRACT: Study on the effect of the iLs home program on 18 children diagnosed with autism. The purpose of this multi‐site intervention study was to examine the effectiveness of the iLs Focus home program with 18 children 4 to 8 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Results found significant gains across multiple subjective and objective outcome measures in areas of social skills and emotional regulation, number and severity of autistic behaviors, and overall functional adaptive behavior skills.

SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER FOUNDATION (SPDF) AROUSAL STUDY

Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L and Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR/L, currently pending publication

SUMMARY: The primary aim of this study was to examine the effects of the iLs Focus program on arousal, auditory processing, adaptive behavior and functional skills in children with Sensory Processing Disorder. The study is currently pending publication.

SURVEY OF ILS PROFESSIONALS USING ILS WITH AUTISM; Spiral Foundation, Boston, MA

SUMMARY: Survey reviewing therapists' experience using iLs with over 1300 children on the autism spectrum; results are in 24 outcome categories.

AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDER;

Julia Harper, PhD, OTR/L and Aimee Levine Weiner, Aud; published in Advance OT Magazine

ABSTRACT: Therapeeds, a private clinic in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, reports the results of 29 children diagnosed with APD who completed the Therapeeds' H.O.P.E. sensory motor program combined with iLs. Among the pre- and post-program tests are the following:

Vestibular: Pre-testing indicated 0 of the 29 children had intact vestibular processing skills measured by the PrN and functional skills. Post-testing showed all 29 in normal range. All Auditory Processing Skills: Post-intervention, 22 of the 29 children had auditory processing skills that were completely within normal limits in every area.

Medications: Seven of 29 children began this therapy on medication for attention-related concerns. By the end of the program, the medications for all 7 had all been discontinued. ABR Binaural

Summation: Pre-intervention ABR tests showed all 29 children had little difference between listening with one ear and listening with both ears (binaural summation). Post-intervention, all 29 tested in the normal range.

SCHOOL PILOT STUDY Denver Area Schools

ABSTRACT: A variety of normed, standardized tests were used to assess 20 children with learning difficulties before and after iLs programs. The report includes each child's pre- and post-program test scores as well as teacher and parent comments. Teachers involved in the program reported "significant improvement" in 19 of the 20 children. The criteria for "significant improvement" includes at least one of the following: being transitioned from special education to regular education, having an IEP removed or overcoming a substantial behavioral challenge.

A SLEEP INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: A PILOT STUDY

Sarah Schoen, PhD, OTR, Assistant Research Director, SPD Foundation

ABSTRACT: This study examined the immediate, short-term effects of Integrated Listening Systems' (iLs) Dreampad on the sleep behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

ILS DREAMPAD HEART RATE VARIABILITY (HRV) STUDY

Kelly L. Olson, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Research and Development, SleepImage

ABSTRACT: This study measures the effect of the Dreampad on the parasympathetic nervous system. Ten of twelve adults showed significant PNS engagement within 5 minutes of using thr Dreampad.

MEASURING THE EFFECT OF THE ILS DREAMPAD WITH TEN VETERANS DIAGNOSED WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Jan C. Nelson, OTR, MA

ABSTRACT: Study conducted with 10 veterans suffering from PTSD. All participants saw significant sleep changes after use of the Dreampad.

Please visit www.integratedlistening.com/research to read and download the complete studies.


Developmental Learning Centre

The Effects of The Tomatis Method of Auditory Stimulation on Auditory Processing Disorder: A Summary of Findings
Deborah Ross-Swain Ed.D., CCC Speech-Language Pathologist
The study’s purpose is to determine the efficacy of the Tomatis Method of auditory stimulation as a therapeutic intervention for Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). 41 subjects (18 females, 23 males; 4.3 to 19.8 years old) were evaluated for A.P.D. All subjects demonstrated improvement with skills of immediate auditory memory, auditory sequencing, interpretation of directions, auditory discrimination and auditory cohesion. Results are significant, e.g. an average improvement in overall auditory processing skills of 49.93%

Early Intervention: A Longitudinal Study of Reading and Reading Related Achievement of Students in Kindergarten Through Second Grade Enrolled in the Alpha Program
Prepared by J. Anne Calhoun, Ph. D. Educational Psychology
Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
College of Education, University of New Mexico 2006

In this study 36 subjects were evaluated before and after a unique combination of interventions, including DLS. Average reading gain for the 36 children over the 3-month intervention was 2 years

Hillside Health Center Ongoing Study, 2006
Data collected by Harry Armytage (Center Director Maxwell Fravall, D.O.)
This data summary covers 4 aspects of auditory performance affected by DLS programs: visual/auditory processing speed, selectivity, auditory digit span, and right-ear dominance. The sample size ranges from 30-46 subjects; results are significant, e.g. average improvement of 78% in auditory processing, and average improvement of 81% in selectivity (phonetic differentiation) after programs lasting 3-5 months

Hope Charter School Case Studies, 2006
Data collected by Bobbi Van Houten, RN, at Hope Charter School, Florida
These 6 case studies from a Florida charter school show pre- and post-DLS program data measuring changes in reading ability. After completing the 4-month DLS program, in combination with a vestibular/visual stimulation program called Learning Breakthrough, the average gain in reading ability was 2.2 years (comparing beginning Lexile Level with Ending Lexile Level).

The students’ reading improvement is also compared to normative growth per grade level using assessments from NWEA MAP (NW Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Performance). The average gain was 36 percentile points, e.g. a student ranking in the 40%ile jumped to the 76%ile after the 4-month program

The Efficacy of the Tomatis Method for Children with learning and communication disorders: a meta-analysis.
Gilmore, Tim (1999). Published in the International Listening Journal, 1999.
A meta-analysis is a specific type of research, which examines previously completed research studies. This meta-analysis looks at 5 studies* of Tomatis-based auditory stimulation remediation. The analysis, involving a total of 231 children, concluded that the remediation significantly improves linguistic skills, psychomotor skills, personal and social adjustment skills, auditory skills, and cognitive skills.

Recommended Books
Listening for Wellness by Pierre Sollier
The Ear and Language by Alfred Tomatis
The Conscious Ear: My Life of Transformation by Alfred Tomatis
The Ear and the Voice by Alfred Tomatis
When the Brain can't hear by James Bellis,PHD
Hearin Equals Behavior by Guy Berard,MD
When Listening Comes Alive, by Paul Madaule
Music and Miracles, by Don Campbell
Sound Bodies Through Sound Therapy, by Dorinne S. Davis

Articles
The Listening Cure, by Nicholas Regush, Equinox Magazine, Canada, April/May 1997
Healing With Music, Published in Alternative Medicine Magazine, Issue #25
Feeding the Hungry Brain With Music by Chynna Tanara Laird, Special Needs Parenting

 

 

 

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