What is the Safe and Sound Protocol?
The Safe and Sound Protocol, SSP, was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory. The SSP is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. By calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is open for improved communication and more successful therapy. Research-based therapy shows significant results in just five days in the following areas: social and emotional difficulties, auditory sensitivities, anxiety and trauma related challenges, and attention stressors that impact social engagement.
Our emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach any task at hand. When someone is in a better state of control, not only can he/she be more socially engaged, he/she is more open to therapy. Better state of regulation improves therapeutic outcomes. The non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state), to introduce a sense of safety, and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, 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.