4/14/16

Integrated Listening Systems to Curb Sensory Processing with Teens

You are reading Integrated Listening Systems to Curb Sensory Issues with Teens, posted by Heather Mac, originally posted at Joyful Socks Mom blog.
 
Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time would certainly know that we are not your typical family.  We even broke the mold as far as "home educating" families are concerned ... and that is saying quite a bit.  What you may not have know is that two of our children have, in the past, struggled with learning.  You can read more about my journey out of the struggling learner wilderness here.

Although most of our major learning struggles are now in our past, we continue to seek out and search to give our kids the best "edge" possible.  Especially since both of our struggling learners are soon-to-be graduated and off to college, finding the best available resources for them and helping them to add tools to their belt is of great importance.

This is exactly the reason that I was thrilled to discover iLS, (Integrated Listening Systems) a new home therapy option to naturally assist with both sensory processing, memory and attention issues.




** This post is a sponsored post for Integrated Listening Systems, as part of my affiliation with iHomeshool Network. In order to review this product, I received this product complimentary, and am compensated for my time.  All opinions in this post are mine, and I was not required to post a positive review. Thank you for your support. You can read my full disclosure policy here.**

What is Integrated Listening Systems (iLS)?

iLS is a unique, natural system that incorporates both movement and sound via listening therapy and music therapy, to assist individuals with various learning differences in-home.  Being that we have a teen with Asperger's/OCD, and another teen with Dyslexia, I knew that this system would be an excellent idea to assist with our current needs and possible future goals.  Integrated Listening Systems is customized to the individual using the system, and more than one individual can utilize this system in your home!  As a matter of fact, my iLS staff member helped instruct me, the long-suffering-exhausted-homeschool-mommy, on using the system to help calm myself. Score!

What is included with iLS system?

The Integrated Listening Systems is a well-organized, fully equipped system that you can rent, ready-to-use and customized to individual learning needs.

Here is a closer look at this unique listening system that has been utilized already by clinics and individuals around the globe to assist individuals with various learning differences:




The kit is available for in-home use and you are assisted by an iLS staff member that helps to individualize the system for use for each person.  We are excited about the potential learning and fun that we will be experiencing using this performance optimizing system.


Why are we using the iLS system? 
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Sensory Overload
  • Better Mental Acuity
  • Improved Attention
Look, our resident Doctor Who approves!
I am thrilled to be able to report soon on our progress with this new and innovative system, as I will be utilizing this Integrated Listening Systems with my kids over the next 10 weeks, and possibly longer.

Take a look at the amazing science behind Integrated Listening Systems. You can contact iLS directly to get more information on this amazing system.

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3/8/16

8 Must Haves For A Creative Planning & Jounaling



There are so many new, fun, exciting and interesting methods of planning and journaling. I personally employee an eclectic variety of both planning and journaling methods.  Who needs to be married to the same old boring planning methods.  Not this mum!

The art of planning and journaling appears to be enjoying a new revival via the various social media networks. As a wife, mother and home educator I have been planning for years.  At times rather successfully ... Other times, not so successfully.

Over those years my style and methods have changed. A few constants throughout every stage of my planning in journaling have remained the same:

• I must is be inspired visually by the planning and journaling method I use.  I am not a naturally organized individual.  I am, however, an creative artist with lots of ideas floating around in my noggin!
• I must be able to mark my accomplishments off of my checklist. This just makes me happy.
• I must enjoy the process of documenting all of my planning and journaling. To me it is better when it feels enjoyable and fun, rather than cumbersome and a chore.

In light of the current planning revival and having the experience to share, I thought you might enjoy knowing the planner and journaling supplies I cannot do without.


1. Sticky Notes - Without shame I must say that I am a great fan of whomever invented the fabulous "sticky note". In my daily planning it is the convenience & versatility of sticky notes, that make my planning & journaling a much less daunting task.


2. Gel Pens - My Insta-friend, Nicole, is responsible for creating the gel pen monster I have become. I enjoy the smooth and ease of the Gelly Roll brand pen. In fact, I am getting a bit snobby about using anything else. 


3. Washi Tape - I need a sign that says, "Will work for washi tape!" If Washi tape grew on trees, my pocketbook would suffer much less affliction. I enjoy the versatility that washi tape lends to my planning in journaling. Plus it's really pretty.


4. Mod Podge - Pass me the Modge Podge please! This adhesive is easy to use and can be used in many different ways.

5. Ephemera - I love all the pretty things made of paper. Embellishments, magazine clippings, project life cards, doilies, old stamps ... And the list goes on and on and on.

6. Planner Clips and Bookmarks - Clips, of all shapes & sizes cater to my Type-A personality. They help everything stay in its proper place, thank you very much.


7. Junk Journals - I started recently making in using Junk Journals. I'm a little addicted to making and using them now. The idea is to use bits and pieces of paper, scraps, bits and baubles to create a versatile junk journal that can be used for many different purposes.

8. Planner Bands - Yet another accessory that appeals to my anal-retentive personality. These simple to make and decorate bands help keep journals closed to the outside world.


Get some great planning and journaling ideas from my Choose Joy Planner feed on Instagram. I also have an amazing Pinterest board chalk full of planning and journaling inspiration. 


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What planning and journaling items must you have at the ready?

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3/2/16

Savoring The Wilderness Journey

You are reading Savoring The Wilderness Journey, posted by Heather Mac, originally posted at Joyful Socks Mom blog.

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I have joked for many years that the LORD must really trust me for giving me kids that each have completely different learning styles. One auditory learner. One kinesthetic learner. One visual learner. 

Now, let's mix in some more fun ... Dyslexia. OCD. Asperger's.

Educating all three of our children has proved to be the single best "sanctifying" factor in my life. Humbling. Merciful. Painful. Illuminating. Exhausting. Worth-Every-Second.


Each one of my children learns differently than the others, and that's okay.

The learning differences present in our home appear to be one of the daily factors in my life that keeps me humbly on my knees asking for help & direction.  If you had asked me at the beginning of this learning differences journey, weather I wanted to walk down this road or not, of course, I would have respectfully declined. None of us in our right minds typically seek out life's struggles and difficult lessons. Now that I am at the verging ends of the learning differences journey I can now say that I would not trade this life experience for anything in the world.

Why All The Struggling?

You see, God throughout the history of His people allowed struggle to refine them. To change them, for His glory, into the likeness He intends for them to individually become.  Refined by fires of struggle and the chipping away of those things that we all desperately hold on to, but do not need.  What appears from the outside to be too great a burden in our lives is actually Christ's merciful hand, bringing us to a place of surrender.


Coming to the edge of myself, means coming to surrender.


This is the place where we can begin to fully trust.  Abiding. This is the place where faith becomes active.

Think about it this way:
"The person who has no trials and no difficulties is the person whom God does not dare allow Satan to touch because this person could not stand temptation."
~ Smith Wigglesworth

I Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
"There have no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it."

Count it all joy.


Count it all joy that God has a plan for you and your children, and He trusts you with the weight of it.

Count it all joy that He is strengthening your faith and your family through whatever refining fire He so chooses.

Count it all joy that you are now, and always, in the hands of the faithful, mighty and merciful God.

Count it all joy that He has provided you a means to rest in Him and trust Him in the plan He has set before you.

James 1:2 (KJV)
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience."


In God's good time, struggling learners too, will blossom to fulfill His purpose.

Count it all joy that the Lord has brought us to a place where we do not limit Him in unbelief because of our struggling circumstances, but in believing now know He can do exceedingly and abundantly more.  He is beyond our fathoming. He is that amazing. He is that good.

Luke 1:38a
"And Mary said, behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."

Let this be our faith. Faith that reaches heaven. Faith given by Christ, that moves us to total and complete alignment with God's word and his perfect plan ... even if His plan includes a learning differences journey. 

Let us Abide


The final stop on our journey in Getting Out of the Struggling Learners Wilderness is the not-so-simple task of abiding.  Abiding requires every stop we've already made on this journey plus on additional amount of active faith.

Abiding on this journey is a process of daily trust, not any one single act of bravery or courage.  Abiding means trusting God daily with the good and the not-so-good days.  It means that we daily choose to walk in faith whatever path Christ has laid before us. 

As we choose to trust Him in all things, even in the struggle to learn with our children there begins to emerge blessed moments to see His loving hands, His tender mercies and we can begin to give Him glory.  I really believe abiding means that we truly believe and trust in God's divine purpose and plan, regardless of the surrounding circumstances.  We must purpose in our own hearts and minds to trust where He has us walking right now, and choose to forthrightly walk wherever that path may lead with joy.  Yep ... JOY!

There it is ... the choice.
Joy, or sorrow.
Trust, or doubt.
Hope, or discouragement. 

We do have a choice in how we walk this life.  I hope you will choose to trust the One who has set your path.  I hope you will abide in the peace & comfort He stands so able and willing to give.








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