Strong Institute

Creator of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention™

REI Custom Sensory Processing Program

Improve Your Sensory Processing with Auditory Brain Stimulation Created Just for You

"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

Do You Have Trouble Processing Sensory Stimulus?

How we process sensory information dictates how we interact in the world. Whether we are overwhelmed or are unable to perceive or discern sensory input, those of us with sensory processing issues are often unable (or in some cases unwilling) to function easily in the world.

We avoid difficult situations. We act out. We are at the mercy of stimulus we cannot control.

Anybody who has sensory issues is going to fall into one of two camps:

1. Hypersensitive: To be anxious or overwhelmed or shut down and retreat from sensory input.

2. Hyposensitive: To be under-responsive and unable to discern the subtleties of sensory input.

Everyone with sensory sensitivities is in one of these two camps. And sometimes, we are in both of these camps; we might have hypersensitivity in one area, hyposensitivity in another area.

You Could be HyperSensitive to Sensory Input if:

You find yourself (or your child) becoming overwhelmed or reacting negatively to certain types of sensory stimulus. You could be hypersensitive if:

• You are bothered by certain sounds - vacuums, alarms, toilets, etc.

• You have difficulty hearing in noisy environments.

• You have poor penmanship.

• You use too much force when handling objects, often breaking or spilling things.

• You are bothered by clothes against your skin, especially tags on shirts.

• You respond negatively to light or unexpected touch.

• You  are slow moving, inactive or refer sedentary activities.

• You are uncomfortable or fearful of elevators or escalators, or of walking in stairs or uneven ground.

You Could be HypoSensitive to Sensory Input if:

If you find yourself (or your child) unresponsive to or unaware of sensory input. You could be hyposensitive or have sensory discrimination issues if:

• You are unresponsive when spoken to or are oblivious to sounds in your environment.

• You play music or video very loud or talk loudly.

• You often misunderstand what people are saying.

• You seek out highly physical activities involving bumping, jumping, and crashing into things.

• You are unresponsive to touch.

• You seek out objects or activities with a strong sensory input.

• You have difficulty with fine motor tasks such as buttoning, zipping or tying. 

• You engage in high risk or dangerous activities.

• You have poor gross motor control or are uncoordinated.

Your Sensory Profile is Unique

The REI Custom Sensory Processing Program evaluates each of your sensory responses and addresses them one by one.

If a client is hypersensitive, for example, we will first establish a calm neurological state so that she can become more receptive to sensory input. We will then address the intricacies of her hypersensitivities. Perhaps the sensitivity is auditory, where loud noises, unexpected sounds, or just a lot of noise, as in a restaurant, sends the child over the edge. The noise doesn’t have to be loud; but it may, nevertheless, be too much to filter and discriminate from. Or perhaps, the sensitivity is tactile, where certain textures are uncomfortable and certain clothes too tight fitting. Or perhaps, a client struggles with proprioception or vestibular sensitivities.

The presentation of sensitivities is unique to each individual client. Your custom tracks will reflect your unique needs.

Musical Rhythm Can Improve Sensory Processing in Profound Ways

At the Strong Institute, we begin with calm. We use musical rhythm to bring the nervous system to a calm neurological state so that we can then influence the brain and behavior.

Our initial clinical research on Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI) looked at the key components of ancient drumming techniques found around the world. We asked, what happens if we remove the cultural influences? Does rhythm still have an impact? What is going on with the brain in response to musical rhythm?

The history of REI may have its roots in ancient drumming techniques, but the transformation of these techniques into a contemporary therapeutic tool began with my own struggles.

I have ADHD. When I was first studying how rhythm has been used therapeutically around the world, I was struggling in college. I began to experiment with rhythms, filtering them through the lens of my own inability to focus, my hyperactivity, my anxiety, and, as well, my sensory processing issues. I found that certain rhythms helped me immensely: I was focused, calm, and able to navigate sensory stimulus.

Through the years, I came to understand that these symptoms commonly co-exist; nearly anyone who has ADHD also has sensory processing issues and anxiety. We are either overwhelmed by sensory input or we are under responsive to certain cues in our environment. REI has addressed this spectrum of sensory processing for over 25 years, and our clients present the full rainbow of sensory challenges.

Your REI Custom Sensory Processing Program Is Created Just For You

Whether you experience anxiety or overwhelm, or feel disconnected from your sensory environment, we will create the optimal program to help you accomplish your goals.

Your Personal Home-based Sensory Integration Solution

REI Custom Sensory Processing Program

The REI Custom Sensory 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 sensory processing.

Custom created for you based on your unique sensory processing profile: this is the key to our program. Whether you experience auditory or tactile sensitivities, poor coordination or balance, or issues with spatial orientation, we deliver the proper stimulus to achieve your goal of proper sensory integration 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.