The Safe & Sound Protocol

Developed by Dr Stephen Porges, the Safe & Sound Program (SSP) is a five-day auditory intervention that uses specially filtered music designed to calm the physiological and emotional state, introduce a sense of safety, and help individuals improve their communication and social engagement.

The SSP uses the auditory system as a portal to the vagus complex, which controls our physiological state. Once the physiological state is regulated, gains in subsequent therapy are accelerated.

The SSP is a research-based intervention requiring listening to specially selected music that focuses on the prosody of the human voice for just one hour a day over five consecutive days. Results from the SSP have shown significant results in the following areas:

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

Following successful completion of SSP, individuals will be better able to focus in school, therapy, and everyday life with a calmed emotional and physiological state.

Read further about Dr Porges’ SSP research