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
- 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.