"Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention is the best intervention we‘ve tried for our son. Thank you for making this therapy available!" - Helen G. Mother of a 9 year-old with autism
We all experience stress. We may have an unusually difficult day or worry about a particular event. We feel anxious, yet we bounce back.
Many of us, however, carry anxiety with us everyday. Sometimes it's subtle but other times it is disruptive or even debilitating. Every time it's something we want to gain more control of. If you or your child experience any of following, the REI Custom Calm Program is made for you.
• You Worry All the Time.
• You Feel an Underlying Sense of Unease or Dread.
• You Avoid Certain Social Situations.
• You Have Panic Attacks.
• You Get Angry or Frustrated.
• You Feel Paralyzed by Fear or Uncertainty.
Anxiety is a primitive brain response to both uncertainty and danger. It is biological. It is our first instinct. And long ago, it was essential for our survival.
Our ancestors faced real threats everyday. Our brains developed to help us perceive these threats and respond appropriately. After all, our very survival was dependent on it.
Nowadays, many of us have a heightened fight or flight response. We respond to even minor threats or uncertainties as though we are in mortal danger. This suspends our ability to respond rationally. Instead, our primitive brain overrides our intellectual thought, flooding our bodies with chemicals (Adrenaline) to help us act and avoid, or remove, the threat. This is the fight or flight response.
Rarely are the things we get anxious over truly a threat to our survival; the chemicals our primitive brain releases into our bodies make us feel anxious. Anxiety is a physical response to our perception of danger.
Most anxiety reduction techniques offer stopgap strategies to help you cope until the Adrenalin is metabolized and your physical state returns to normal. The problem with this approach is that you are stuck in panic mode until the Adrenalin is out of your system. This takes time.
Some anxiety-reducing techniques teach you to prevent a fight or flight response. The problem with these techniques is that they require you to think when your brain wants to act. This takes a lot of work.
There is a better way. Your your brain can learn how to release the chronic anxiety and respond to acute situations from a calm, resourceful place. The REI Custom Calm Program will teach your brain how to be calm.
Whether you experience anxiety based-behaviors, tantrums, loss of sleep, panic attacks, social anxiety, or loss of concentration, we will create the optimal program to help you accomplish your goals.
Since our first clinical study in 1994, we have focused on how to reduce anxiety and induce calm. For ten years our research examined children and adults on the autism spectrum. This population proved to be an excellent anxiety-based arena for two reasons:
1. People with autism often have a lot of anxiety. And anxiety can rule much of their behavior. A child may tantrum when asked to enter a noisy, stimulating environment like a restaurant or shopping mall (or school lunchroom) or an adult may react aggressively when sharing mealtime with others.
Observing anxiety in people with autism is easy and noticing changes, however small, becomes simple. The cessation of crying in a tantrumming child or halting of aggressive behavior in an over-stimulated adult is an obvious measure of a reduction in anxiety.
2. Because autism is characterized by an inability to socially engage in an appropriate manner or an inability to communicate wants or needs, many people with autism have little to no awareness that some music (or other intervention) is going to be calming. And if they have such awareness, many have no idea how to self-regulate to calm on command.
This effectively removes the placebo effect. And because we are not using self-observed changes in anxiety, but instead use behavioral measures, we further remove any effects of the participants' expectation from the studies. Either a tantrum stopped or it didn't.
Our first study was conducted in a public school setting with children between 6 and 12 years old. In this study we tracked immediate anxiety reducing effects as well as long-term changes in anxiety levels. In other words, we wanted to see if listening to REI Rhythms would reduce anxiety as it happened (ending a tantrum, for example) and whether any residual calming effect would result in changes of overall behavior.
Immediate calming effects were significant. Nearly all the participants were calmed most of the time.
The average frequency of time calmed by the recordings was 86.4%.
As far as overall changes in anxiety levels, we also saw significant changes as an average based on the pre and post tests. In the pre-test, average anxiety was listed at 82 on a 100 point scale. Anxiety on average after the study was reduced to 38 on a 100 point scale. This represents a significant reduction in anxiety over this 8-week period when the REI Rhythms were played quietly in the background.
Follow-up studies with autism as well as other conditions such as Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Sleep Disorders, showed similar reductions in anxiety while listening to REI music.
For example, a study conducted in a residential facility for adults with severe autism showed significant changes in anxiety levels both facility-wide and in indivdual behavior.
One resident was extremely aggressive before the study began, often injuring other residents or the staff. Before the study, incidents were reported several times per week. Within two weeks of beginning using the REI recording, his aggressive outbursts virtually stopped. And they remained rare for the entire study period and extended follow-up of 6 months.
In another recent study, children within a public school showed significant reduction in anxiety-based behaviors while listening to REI rhythms. This study followed 10 students and showed reductions in behaviors in the following areas:
• Generalized anxiety
• Emotional outbursts
• Aggressive behaviors
• Self-stimulatory behaviors
• Sound sensitivity
As the study states: Anxiety reduction can take many forms, especially with the large variation of symptomatic behaviors and characteristics present in children on the autism spectrum.
Way back in 1992, our original studies successfully reduced anxiety in children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. Jeff Strong has since continued to expand his ability to create calm.
Today, our clientele present a variety of diagnosis. With each and every client, no matter what their initial goals may be, we have always begun with calm. Once we calm the nervous system, all sorts of wonderful gains may be made.
Whether you experience general anxiety or have a diagnosis that defines a broader range of challenges, we can address your unique presentation of anxiety and bring you to a calmer state of being.
We are able to reduce the anxiety that lies beneath any variety of conditions. Our clientele consists of both children and adults who come to us with anxiety-based behaviors.
Reducing anxiety often leads to improvements in a variety of other areas including:
The REI Custom Calm Program is a home-based auditory brain stimulation program that uses musical rhythm to stimulate and re-pattern neurological function. A unique blend of modern advances in brain research and ancient rhythmic techniques, REI facilitates long-term improvement in anxiety.
Custom created for you based on your unique form of anxiety: this is the key to our program. Whether you experience panic attacks or your child displays tantrums, or you feel a constant underlying sense of dread or your child constantly worries, we deliver the proper stimulus to achieve your goal of lower anxiety and a more functional life.
Once you begin, the REI Custom Program's interactive online platform and tracking ensures that you are always getting the stimulation that you need based on your real-world performance. Each new track of your program is dynamically engineered in response to your weekly progress.
This comprehensive 30-day anxiety-busting program consists of:
• 4 Custom-created REI Audio Tracks. One track per week for four weeks, these custom tracks employ progressive stimulation techniques made just for you and your responses to the music. Just as no two people are the same, you require unique stimulus to achieve the best results.
• Unlimited client support to make sure that you are indeed getting the best stimulation for your needs. We work closely with you to make certain you see significant improvements.
• 4 Weekly Mindful Meditation videos to help you gain awareness of your anxiety and offer support in changing your thought patterns. The Child program meditations can be used by the entire family to help you support your child and guide him toward a stronger awareness of anxiety triggers and how to manage them.
• 7 Brain Shift Radio audio downloads that can be used anytime you want additional benefits. These tracks include: Noisy Room Sleep, Revving-up Focus, Energy Boost, PowerNap Mix, Memory Boost, Big Round Calm, and Mood Lifter.
• Jeff Strong's Different Drummer book download to give you an understanding of how REI developed and how to best implement your program.
The REI Custom Calm Program requires no training or special equipment. Simply:
Play Your REI Custom Calm track once a day.
You can stream or download from your phone, tablet or computer. Tracks average between 22 and 26 minutes.
Play the track quietly in the background.
There is no need to actively listen to the music or to use headphones.
Check in with us at the recommended intervals.
You will receive an email every seven days asking you to complete your track adjustment feedback.
“Our daughter has had very few temper tantrums. She is also developing the ability to stop herself and calm herself down, usually within about one minute of when the recording starts.
She’s been getting along much better with her brothers and sisters. Her attention span has increased--she can sit quietly and read a book for longer periods of time. She’s paying attention more in school and staying on task.”
“When we had the CD made, we put it in while he was in a session with his craniosacral therapist. He responded instantly! His system was calming down, and to the surprise of his therapist, he started vocalizing. …
We went from nothing to something with vocalizing… He is now starting to put sentences together, and I’m very pleased.”
"I'm focusing better and getting a lot more done at work [since starting REI]. I can stay with a project a lot longer without climbing out of my skin. I'm also falling asleep easier and waking up much earlier in the morning."
Order now and receive instant access to your REI Client Center where you can answer the custom program intake questionnaire (takes just a few minutes). We will review your intake and deliver your first track to your account in a couple of hours. In the meantime you can download your bonus audio and Jeff Strong's Different Drummer book.
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“My REI Custom Program definitely helps me with falling asleep more quickly, better quality of sleep, and more energy to face the day. I really feel the differences, day to day. I’m less anxious, more awake, more centered. I feel more of a sense of groundedness...”
“I'm meeting up with friends I have't seen in years thanks to REI. I’m also sleeping, dreaming and waking up fresh. My depression has lifted completely. Although I’m 52, I’m feeling like I’m back at 27. Thank you for giving me my life back!”
Jeff Strong is the creator of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention™ (REI) and the Director and CEO of the Strong Institute, a research center and provider of evidence-based custom auditory brain stimulation programs. He is also the co-founder of Brain Shift Radio, a streaming music site containing personalized music to enhance brain function.
Jeff is a percussionist, composer, recording engineer, researcher, clinician, and a sought-after expert on the therapeutic use of rhythm. He is the best-selling author of eight books, including AD/HD For Dummies and Different Drummer: One Man’s Music and Its Impact on ADD, Anxiety, and Autism.
Our first goal is to create an immediate sense of calm. We begin by injecting novelty to break the habitual anxiety response, followed by entraining the brain to a relaxed neurological state.
This stops a panic attack, a tantrum, an emotional outburst, or any of the fight or flight responses.
The more often you use the REI to stop a anxiety attack, the more easily – and quickly –your brain shifts to a calm state.
Secondly, we teach your brain how to achieve a relaxed state on its own. We do this by providing progressive stimulation. Each of the weekly tracks in this 30-day program builds on the previous track and teaches your brain how to respond from a more resourceful space.
This means that you will no longer feel that sense of dread. Your brain will respond to the world from a relaxed state. and no longer automatically enter a primitive, adrenaline-infused, brain response.
Don't just take our word for it. Here are some real-life examples of anxiety reduction with REI.
When Giselle began REI she was experiencing severe fatigue in the afternoons, which required her to go home from work at lunch to take nap in order to have the energy necessary to finish her day. As well, she described having feelings of anxiety for which she was seeing a therapist. She chose to try to REI Custom Program after using Calming Rhythms for her nap and noticing that she had more energy after listening to it.
After 1 1/2 weeks of using her REI Custom Program recording #1, she described that she had much more energy and didn’t feel the need to go home at lunch to take a nap. Instead she played her CD while she ate lunch. As well, so found that she spontaneously left her apartment one evening to go on a walk. Prior to this occasion she would need to get in her car from the basement garage and drive a few blocks in order to take a walk due to her anxiety over leaving the front door of her apartment building. She had been working on this issue in therapy for several years with no improvement until beginning the REI recordings.
After 8 weeks on REI, Giselle has much more energy and didn’t experience the afternoon fatigue that she had in the past. She also fond herself no longer having anxiety about leaving her apartment building on foot and took her daily walk without needing to drive her car from her building. She was continuing to listen daily to recording #2 during her lunch break.
At the beginning of his REI Custom Program, Michael’s tics were present most of time, usually starting just an hour or so after waking in the morning and continuing until bedtime. His vocal tics included grunting and throat-clearing while his motor tics consisted of lip-smacking and picking, neck-rubbing, and finger-bending.
The degree and intensity of his tics seemed to be related to his anxiety and energy level. If he was tired, he exhibited more tics. Likewise, when he was anxious, his tics were more pronounced.
Michael also exhibited high levels of other anxieties. These centered around fear of new places, unexpected events, and separation from his parents. On a good day he was able to go to school without clinging and displayed only minor trepidation toward new or unexpected situations, such as an unscheduled trip to the store or an event outside his normal routine. His anxiety exhibited itself as clinginess, crying, and tic behavior, most notably vocal tics.
Early in his REI Program, Michael exhibited less anxiety over everyday changes, such as going to school or therapy sessions, where he is separated from his mom. His sleep also improved. His vocal tics were slightly less frequent, while his motor tics remained pretty much the same.
Midway into the program his parents noted that his motor tics remained somewhat variable, but their frequency overall was down from the beginning of the program. Stressful situations, as expected, increased his tic activity. Because his anxiety overall was lower than when he began the program, he seemed to be less bothered by situations that used to be stressful for him.
The vocal tics were essentially absent and there were longer periods of time with few, if any, motor tics. At one point during this period he caught a cold and his tics increased. They reduced again once his cold was over. This demonstrated more overall improvements but also suggested that stress on his system, both physically and psychologically, still had an impact on his tic behavior.
By the end of the REI program, Michael made significant gains in his sleep, anxiety, and tic behavior, with minor changes in some of his ADHD-type symptoms.
Before beginning the program Kathleen's sleep was poor. She would often fall sleep within an hour of going to bed but she generally woke several times a night and had trouble getting back to sleep because she worried about things. She also experienced anxious thoughts throughout the day. The worst times were when she drove in her car. This anxiety often resulted in her getting disoriented and feeling lost even when on familiar roads. She also wouldn’t travel on a plane. In addition Kathleen was disorganized and often missed appointments.
After about 3 weeks using the REI Custom Program, Kathleen began sleeping through the night. In the rare occasions where she did wake up at night, she found that she could turn REI recording #1 on and her anxious thoughts would quickly dissipate.
At the 8-week point of listening, she was consistently sleeping through the night with only the occasional night where she woke up. Again, turning on REI recording #1 would help her get back to sleep within 20 minutes (the length of the REI recording). She found that she was more energetic during the day and was more organized. She also began implementing an organizational system to help to keep on top of things. As a result she hadn’t missed any appointments in six weeks. Her anxiety during the day had reduced significantly - she was able to drive to and from work without getting anxious, though she still didn’t feel comfortable driving anywhere new.
After 16 weeks, Kathleen was still sleeping well - only woke occasionally at night but would be able to get back to sleep quickly by playing her REI recording. She continued to improve in her ability to manage her anxious thoughts. She took a plane to a conference for the first time.
After 5 years, she reported that her sleep was still good and her overall anxiety level was still very low even though she hadn’t heard her REI recording in three years.
This video Jeff Strong demonstrates how complex drumming can be used to stop an anxiety attack or aggressive behavior.
• 4 Custom-created REI Audio Tracks.
• 4 weekly Mindful Meditation Videos.
• Big Round Calm Audio Download
• PowerNap Mix Audio Download
• Energy Boost Audio Download
• Different Drummer Book Download
• Unlimited Client Support.
• Noisy Room Sleep Audio Download
• Revving Up Focus Audio Download
• Memory Boost Audio Download
• Mood Lifter Audio Download
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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't see a significant reduction in your anxiety in 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund. The Bonus Audio and Different Drummer book are yours to keep.
If you can watch a video on You Tube or Netflix, download a song on iTunes, or listen to internet radio, such as Pandora, you are technologically savvy enough to succeed with the REI Custom Program online format. All you need to do is visit our website and log into your account. Our website and your computer or mobile device will take care of the rest.
Generally, yes. For most people hearing someone else's REI Audio has a calming effect. However, there are some instances when we don't recommend others hearing your REI Audio tracks. One case is when a secondary listener has more profound issues that the person the REI program was made for, such as in the case of a teenager with attention issues, whose program is heard by a young child with autism.
Another case is when the listener doesn't hear as well as other people who may be in the room while the REI Audio plays through speakers. In this case the volume may need to be too high for others when set properly for the intended listener to hear.
There is no required time of day to listen to the REI Program Audio. We do find that most clients develop a daily routine to play their session. For children, parents often play the session after school or before bedtime. Adults often play their sessions in the morning before work or in the evening.
Yes. In fact we recommend it. Though you may choose to stream your REI Audio tracks each day, we suggest that when a new track is made that you download it and put it on a media player. This way you have a back-up and long-term access to your REI Audio files. Keep in mind that when your new REI Audio track is created your old one no longer exists on our server, so if you want to have access to it you need to download it before submitting your weekly feedback form.
Optimally, your Custom Program is played every day. But to err is human, as is missing a day here or there - or encountering illness or travel where a you meet a week's absence. The online format will keep you to the current session until you complete all 7 days of playing. Therefore, a new track adjustment will not be initiated until you listen to all 7 sessions. If you have downloaded the track and are playing it independently of the online format, we recommend you simply pick up where you left off if you've only missed one day. If your absence grows toward a week or more, we recommend that when you begin again you play a full 7 days of the existing track before you initiate a new track adjustment.
If you find yourself having trouble keeping to the REI Custom Program schedule, give us a call and we'll help you find a schedule that works for you and the program.
Yes, Even though the REI Custom Program doesn't require headphones to be effective, you are certainly welcome to use them if you choose. If you do use headphones we suggest not using noise-cancellation or isolation headphones. Remember, REI is the only 'No Listening Required' auditory program.
Ear buds or open-back headphones that allow some ambient room noise to be heard is your best option. As well, when using headphones be very aware of your listening volume as it's much easier to play the REI Audio too loud. If you see any of the side effects listed in this document, it's an indication that the volume is too high.
As the only 'No Listening Required' auditory program, we are providing a very specific stimulus for the client's central nervous system. Presenting a very low volume of this stimulus encourages the client's brain to seek out this novel stimulus. If the volume is high (and this is a relative term - high means a volume that is competing with a normal speaking voice) the REI Audio can become overstimulating. Most individuals respond to over-stimulus with the presentation of anxiety, agitation or sleeplessness.
REI is the only 'No Listening Required' auditory program. REI does not require active listening. It is best if your child has the freedom to self-regulate and move freely around the room while the track plays. There is no need to have him sit and listen to the music; in fact REI is designed for the listener's brain seeks out this novel stimulus while involved in another activity - playing, listening to a story, working, reading, etc.
P.S.: Here is a list of additional articles, case studies and some excerpts from REI Creator Jeff Strong's Different Drummer book exploring more transformational effects of REI for people with a variety of anxiety types:
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