Safe and Sound Protocol

If you have struggled to engage with therapy before, perhaps because of anxiety, trauma or difficulties in processing, you may benefit from a new listening therapy, called the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).

The SSP addresses the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact adversely on social engagement

The SSP was developed by neuroscientist Dr Stephen Porges and is based on over 40 years’ research into the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes.

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) requires one hour of listening to filtered music per day. We offer this to both children and adults. The Safe and Sound Protocol was created by Stephen Porges, Ph.D. Dr. Porges is a leading neuroscientist who put forth the Polyvagal Theory. It is rather complicated, but in essence, it is designed to calm down the 10th cranial nerve, the vagus nerve. This nerve goes from our ears to every organ in our body. It is often hyperactive in individuals with sensory processing issues.

This intervention is know as passive, meaning that an individual can benefit from just listening as long as the person feels calm and safe, focusing on the music. SSP brings people from a state of hyperarousal (fight or flight, defensiveness, cautious or nervousness) to a feeling of safety or calmness.  SSP is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed or filtered music.  When your hyperarousal state (flight or flight) is decreased, their social engagement system can work properly.

Results so far have included: calmer individuals, better sleep, increased ability to tolerate eye contact, greater facial expression and social responsiveness, less auditory hypersensitivity, and better listening. Doing SSP helps to set the stage for other interventions to make them more effective. For children it is recommended that the parents also do the SSP along with their child. Everything is synergistic and what affects one will affect the other family members.

Once your physiological and emotional state is calm, it is expected that you will be more open to social interactions, less affected by environmental noises and more receptive to therapy.

Please contact us for further information about this innovative treatment.