Developing Sleep’n Sync Programs

Did you ever wonder what goes into the development of a
Sleep’n Sync Audio program?

The Board of Directors (an occupational therapist, a psychologist, a digital content strategist, a teacher, and an engineer) determines the topic of each new audio. Then comes the hard work of researching every aspect of the topic including: what treatment strategies work, which do not work and what has been proven to be effective.

Once the research is complete, Carolyn and myself (Deborah), immersed in the depths of the topic, determine the best evidence-based strategy to guide the child into overcoming it. The first attempt on writing up the text for the audio is completed making sure we utilize: positive empowering suggestions, principles of hypnotherapy, neuroplasticity and natural development of skills. Simple vocabulary must be used and the strategies are expressed in an easy and positive way, flowing seamlessly so that they appeal to the subconscious mind of the child. The text is reviewed, revised and presented to the Board again.

The Board reviews the research, recommended strategies and the draft of the text for the audio. Decisions are made regarding the strategy and the suggested text, which will result in a rewrite of the audio’s text. Once this is done, it is presented again to the Board until it is fully accepted and approved.

Now’s the time to do the recording. Choosing the background binaural beats track that will set the ideal sleep frequency to support the relaxed character of the voice. In order to record a relaxed and positive voice, one has to reach such a state, smiling as the words are spoken clearly and slowly, repeating it as many times as necessary to reach perfection in mood, fluency and in clarity.

Editing is an affair that needs to be done wide awake, as the tone and mood of the suggestions are so smooth that it can put the editor to sleep in no time. It involves choosing the best sounding phrases and suggestions to make the final audio clear and flawless, then adding the chosen binaural beats track to the background.

The audio then is presented to the Board, as is the suggested text for the Caregivers Guide (booklet), including the evaluation forms and the vocabulary words that the child must understand for the program to be effective. The Guide’s contents are reviewed and revised so that they provide the caregiver with the best way to support the child through the process. The Evaluation forms allow the caregiver and the child to keep track and measure progress, week by week, in overcoming the issue addressed.

I am proud to share good news:

Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, co-author and co-developer of the Sleep’n Sync programs, has been chosen to be a Roster of Fellows for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 2017 for “Leading Excellence in Pediatrics around the Globe”. The Roster recognizes members, who with their knowledge and expertise have made a significant contribution to the continuing education and professional development of its members. Each year less than 30 OTs out of 98,000 in the US are awarded this honor. Congratulations to my business-partner and friend Carolyn, very well deserved!