Brieann Yimoyines Papp, M.S., CCC-SLP, Co-Founder and Speech & Language Pathologist
Following the most recent weather related events around the nation, whether it’s fires out west or the recent hurricanes impacting those of us in the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida, emotions are running rampant; fear, anger, sadness, relief, discouragement, panic…the list goes on. Feeling left in a state of anxiety can be debilitating with secondary impacts on our bodies that are often unpleasant and uninvited.
What is REI?
Have you considered using Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention aka as REI? Creator, Jeff Strong (www.stronginstitute.com), has developed a variety of auditory brain stimulation programs that use musical rhythm to stimulate and re-pattern neurological function. He offers custom programs as well as a radio version to make listening easy and accessible to all. As Jeff shares on his website, REI is clinically-proven and evidence-based program that has positively impacted tens-of-thousands of clients with a variety of conditions including, attention deficit disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, chronic pain, insomnia, PTSD, sensory processing disorders, sleep disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and others.
My reason for writing this blog is to share with you some of my personal experience using REI as a result of experiencing crippling anxiety last year. And after this past week’s experience with preparing and dealing with Hurricane Irma, I can confidently share with you that this program works and has impacted my life for the better!
How I Got Started
I contacted Jeff to begin using REI after being around this program for years as a speech-pathologist and hearing about the wonderful impact it has had on many of my clients lives. So when an email from Jeff popped up about a program for anxiety for adults, I jumped on the opportunity to partake in this experience. After filling out a questionnaire, Jeff contacted me and within 24 hours I was up an running with a customized program tailored particularly to the needs I was experiencing with daily anxiety (i.e. not sleeping, GI upset, a constant ball of nerves, this unending feeling of panic and “fight or flight” etc.).
How to Use REI
To implement this program was simple: I just download via my online portal the track and listened to it once a day for the duration of a week until Jeff sent me another survey based upon my symptoms, modified the track, and then sent me a new track to listen to. I repeated this process for a month. While partaking, I also had access to general tracks for focusing, sleep, energy boost, and calming. I could, and still do, listen to these tracks as needed throughout the day. Most drumming tracks are no longer than 20-minutes in duration, again varying to meet your needs.
While this program is directly overseen by a licensed and trained REI Occupational Therapist, (which we do have here at AASL) for the pediatric population, Jeff oversaw my program and assisted me with the specifics of when to play the tracks, where to play them, and the volume of how the tracks are played; which is critical to its overall implementation nonetheless very easy.
I might also add that while I jumped on the chance to partake in this program, I did not tell my husband Eric to see if he noted anything “different” about me. Well, within days I noticed and felt an immediate impact. After going through the program for a month, I can say that it truly worked for me and helped address the chronic anxiety issues I was experiencing through last year. At this time, I have not had anxiety-related issues like I had prior to using REI. I don’t use REI every day, but I will use it as needed with the general tracks that became available to me. I also find myself listening to the calming track when I go to sleep each night. I find myself looking forward to it as a part of my bed-time routine. Needless to say, REI has changed my life in helping me manage, control, and rebound from chronic anxiety.
I am happy to answer any particular questions that any of you may have about REI given my experience above, as well as to put you in touch with trained REI therapists at AASL. We do have demo CDs we can share with you as well as an example to what this program is about.
Given the recent anxiety provoking events, I am hoping that you all have found a way to deal with the negative impacts of Irma, particularly the stress and anxiety it has caused for so many of us this last week-and-a-half.
Here’s to good health, safety, and wellbeing of our families and friends here at All About Speech & Language…and to putting that anxiety to rest once and for all!
Miss Brieann 🙂
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All About Speech and Language offers Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI), a valuable approach to incorporate into your child’s therapy sessions. REI is an additional treatment intervention that is utilized during treatment sessions and/or and at home, to enhance your child’s progression in achieving and sustaining their goals, based on their individual needs.
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