We constantly study the efficacy of Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention (REI), the core technique of the REI Custom Program, all my CDs, and Brain Shift Radio. And occasionally, I write up our findings in a formal paper. I just finished writing about a gem of a study we did on REI and anxiety reduction in a public school setting.
In this instance, the REI recording reduced anxiety every time it was played, often resulting in a significant decrease in physical aggression. This helped calm not only the child who was anxious, but the entire classroom as well.
Here is an excerpt:
Nancy was a highly verbal, though often inappropriate, extroverted, non-compliant and somewhat physically aggressive 12 year-old. Nancy was quite a force. She entered the room singing a Disney movie song. She engaged with me to the extent that she sang and danced around me, so I just jumped in playing. I started with basic calming rhythms, which had no impact initially as she kept on singing and tried dancing with the psychologist. After about 3 minutes she abruptly stopped singing, turned to me with a serious look and put her hands on the edge of my drum. I stopped playing.
Nancy then began telling me how great I was and how awesome my drumming was. I tried to thank her and start playing again but she kept on, telling me just how amazing I truly was. This exaggerated praise lasted for several minutes until I decided to start playing again. Once I did, she began singing and dancing again until she tripped and fell into the recorder. I kept playing, lowering my volume and rhythmic intensity, as the psychologist held her. She didn’t get hurt when she tripped and did not seemed bothered by the incident. She did, however, sit next to the psychologist when he directed her to the chair next to his.
You can read the entire blog post here: Case Study: Nancy, 12 year-old with Autism, Anxiety and Aggressive behavior
I should note that the recordings used in this study mirror the tracks contained on my REI Calming Rhythms CD and many of the rhythm tracks in the Calm category of Brain Shift Radio. You can achieve results similar to this study with Brain Shift Radio by selecting tracks with intensity levels of 4 or 5 or by answering the intensity (2nd) question as, “I’m agitated”.