- How much does a Focus System cost?
Professionals interested in purchasing the Focus System must first complete Focus System training. Once trained, the cost of equipment ranges from $1495-$1950. The cost of a Unyte-iLs program to the end user varies depending on how the Focus System is implemented within a practice.
- How long is a Focus System Program? What is the structure of the program?
Program sessions are 30 – 60 minutes in length, with a recommended frequency of 3 – 5 times per week. Program length is flexible and depends upon the therapeutic objectives as well as the client’s circumstances. Most programs are 40 – 60 sessions over a 2 – 5 month period. Longer programs are recommended for those with developmental challenges.
- What if my client/child has auditory sensitivity and can’t wear headphones?
One of the most consistent areas of success with the Focus System is reducing a child’s auditory and tactile sensitivity. We typically recommend beginning with the Dreampad at home. Desensitization is best achieved in an emotionally secure environment, and listening to the Dreampad in the security of one’s own home is an effective start to the process. Begin with the headphones on the knee, shoulder, neck. This will deliver bone conduction and can often desensitize the client enough to wear headphones. It is advisable to begin with shorter sessions and increase them gradually as the child’s sensitivity decreases. (see www.integratedlistening.com/dreampad)
- For whom is the Focus System recommended?
Professionals implementing the Focus System report the most significant gains in the following areas:
- Sensory processing
- Language and processing
- Concentration and focus
- Fine and gross motor function
- Emotional regulation, mood and self-confidence
- Cognitive functions
- Do I qualify for Focus System training?
Registration criteria for training includes an masters degree or equivalent in health care, education or other related area. Requests for exceptions are considered on an individual basis. Certified professionals and assistants in the following disciplines can be trained: Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Educator, Educational Therapist, Medical Doctor, Registered Nurse, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Counselor, Social Worker, ADHD Coach, Neurofeedback Therapist, Naturopath, Athletic Trainer, Audiologist and other therapists and health care providers.
- Does the Focus System have supporting research?
Please see our research page for supporting research, pilot studies and case studies.
- Can I use the Focus System at home?
The Focus System may be conducted at home if overseen by a certified iLs Associate. It is common to combine home use with a clinic program in order to achieve the recommended 3 – 5 times per week frequency.
- Can the Dreampad replace the main Unyte-iLs sound/movement program?
The Dreampad is considered to be a therapeutic tool/bridge to help with stress, sleep and sensory sensitivity (prior to or during any Unyte-iLs program). The Focus System has a high degree of interactive multi-sensory training which can be customized toward achieving therapeutic goals. Typically, the Dreampad serves as an adjunct to a therapeutic program.
- What makes the Focus System different from other therapeutic programs?
Sound + Movement: THe Focus System uses a multi-sensory approach which combines sound with movement to stimulate the visual, vestibular and auditory systems simultaneously. This integrated method provides a unique approach to sensory processing, emotional regulation and cognitive skill development. Additionally, it is complementary and often done simultaneous with other interventions (e.g. tutoring, ABA, counseling).
Program Customization & Value: The Focus System was specifically developed to help meet therapeutic objectives. The System includes over 200 hours of music in multiple programs which can be combined and tailored for client needs. The larger music selection is important for customization, as well as listening variety.
Equipment Durability: Unyte-iLs’s robust equipment is designed for daily use in busy practices. Metal housing and rechargeable amplifiers add to equipment durability. Our engineers have been making air/bone conduction headphones since 2000. The Focus System amplifier is made in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Dreampad is made in Denver.
Interactive Language Program: The Interactive Language Program (ILP) is designed to improve auditory processing and language skills, which are essential for full social and academic success.
- Can I get CEUs for Focus System training?
Unyte-iLs is an American Occupational Therapy Association Approved Provider of continuing education. Successful completion of the Focus System Training Course will result in 10 contact hours or 1.0 AOTA CEU. Practitioners seeking credits with other organizations are frequently successful when applying directly to those organizations.