iLs (Integrated Listening Systems)

iLs Focus:  This is a clinic based auditory training program which has shown benefits in improving concentration, cognitive skills, visual and auditory processing and coordination.

iLs Expressive Language Program:  This is a clinic based interactive listening/speaking program geared to improved auditory processing skills.

Beckman Oral Motor

Specific interventions determined by the need of the child, provide assisted movement to activate muscle contraction and movement against resistance to build strength. These interventions are utilized to increase functional response to pressure and movement and enhance control of movement for the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue.

Feeding Therapy

Because feeding can become a stressful time and result in resistance, for many children, we follow the stages of the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach. This approach does not focus on immediate consumption. Instead, therapy assists in increasing a child’s comfort by exploring and learning about the different properties of food and allows interaction with food in a playful, non-stressful way.

Interactive Metronome

What is the Interactive Metronome (IM)?

The interactive Metronome is a computer- based training program designed to improve timing, attention, and coordination.

How does IM work?

The program involves the participant perform 13 different hand and foot exercises to a rhythmic beat for a high number of repetitions while auditory guide tones provide immediate feedback, letting the participant know if the response was on time, early or late.  By keeping the beat, the brain is trained to plan, sequence, and process more effectively.

Training Commitment

The IM requires commitment of 15 one-hour sessions conducted over 3-5 weeks.  Training frequency is 3-5 times per week.  Training less than 3 times per week, may not produce desired results.  The first few training sessions may last more than an hour.

Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening (TL) is based on the work of Alfred Tomatis, Guy Berard and Ingo Steinbach.  The program utilizes a variety of musical styles, filtering, and level of complexity.

  • Provides sensory input to both ends of the auditory-vestibular continuum
  • Individualized home program according to participants needs (minimum of 12 weeks)
  • This coupled with therapy facilitates the emergence of :
    • Attention
    • Organized behavior
    • Self-regulation
    • Postural control
    • Bilateral coordination
    • Praxis
    • Fine motor control
    • Visual motor integration
    • Cognitive processing
    • Communication
    • Socialization

We offer both the entry level Therapeutic Listening and Advanced Therapeutic Listening Programs.

This program is provided as a library check out; we will provide the music chips. A signed participation contract and $60 non-refundable fee is required to participate in our library check out.  This can be found in our FORMS section.  Families must purchase required headphones with specifications required by the program and MP3 player.

Visit the Vital Links website at and click on parent information for a four page print out on the Introduction to Therapeutic Listening.

Handwriting Without Tears®

Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is offered for:

Readiness (Pre-K & K)

  • Pre-K : Introduces school readiness activities for young children of all ability levels.
  • Kindergarten:  Teaches capital and lowercase letter and number formation.

Printing (Grade 1-2)

  • 1st grade: Emphasizes printing lowercase letters correctly and using them in words and sentences.
  • 2nd grade: For students in the second grade (and students working at that level who need a printing review prior to starting cursive). The focus is on smaller size printing in sentences and paragraphs.

Cursive (Grade 3-5)

  • 3rd grade: The program introduces a clean, clear vertical style of cursive and emphasizes correct habits for forming and connecting letters.
  • 4th grade: The program focuses on fluid letter formation and connections. It is designed to teach children to write cursive quickly and automatically in a smaller size.
  • 5th grade: It provides fast, fluent cursive review and is ideal for older students who need to master cursive.