Safe and Sound Protocol
What is the Safe and Sound Protocol?
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the SSP began as a five-day sound-based intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. It has evolved from 1 hour per day for 5 days to less time over more days to allow the nervous system time to adjust. It was determined that less is more. This non -invasive intervention involves listening to music specifically processed to re-tune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage or increase engagement. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, more importantly, the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self -regulate and engage are often seen.
Who can it help?
The SSP is proven to benefit individuals (children to adults to pets) with challenges or symptoms of:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Auditory Hypersensitivities
- Sensory Processing Differences
- Social, Emotional, & Attachment Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression
- Stress & Trauma
- Sleep-Related Issues
- Poor Behavioural & Self-Regulation
Poor Sensory Integration & Motor Coordination
Poor Social & Emotional Function
Poor Attention & Executive Function
Poor Performance (work, play)
How can it help?
Improved focus & attention
Calmer emotional & physiological states
Improved social engagement
Decreased anxiety & depression
Improved performance (work, play)
Decreased sensory and auditory sensitivities
The SSP can be used to regulate your pets nervous system, changing behaviours and creating safety, especially those pets that have suffered trauma and abuse.
How does it work?
It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music. Understanding language and engaging with others requires a regulated and organized nervous system for optimal brain health.