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Safe & Sound Protocol

“Growth occurs when individuals confront problems, struggle to master it and through that struggle develop new aspects of their skills, capacities, and view about life.” Carl Rogers

What is Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)?

Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) has been developed by Dr. Stephen Porges based on his polyvagal theory. In this 5-hour auditory intervention, filtered prosodic vocal music trains the middle ear muscles to focus on mid frequency sounds in the range of human speech. The amazing part of this intervention is that once middle ear muscles are trained according to a safe and non-threatening range of sound, the Vagus nerve will be regulated and as a result, the person experiences calmness. Once the Vagus nerve is regulated, the sense of relaxation, safety and being connected is achieved and the social engagement will be improved. Social engagement is developmentally the newest strategy for self-regulation and can be interrupted in situations where one faces a threat or danger. By filtering low and high-frequency sounds from vocal music, SSP enhances social engagement.

The SSP audio system can be used in the office or at the comfort of your home by using a headset (non-noise cancelling), the SSP application on your phone and receiving subscription from your therapist.

Benefits of SSP include:

  • Improving auditory sensitivities especially in individuals with ASD or ADHD

  • Improving focus and attention

  • Improving social engagements and emotional regulation

  • Improving challenges stem from anxiety and depression

  • Improving behavioural tantrums

If you would like to learn more about SSP, please contact your therapist or discuss it during your next appointment.

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