The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an auditory-based intervention program created by Dr. Stephen Porges. It is based on Dr. Porges' Polyvagal Theory, which explores the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social engagement.
The SSP involves the use of specially filtered and modulated music to stimulate the middle ear muscles. The program aims to calm the physiological state and enhance the neural regulation of the autonomic nervous system.
Essentially designed to improve emotional regulation, social engagement, and overall well-being.
The outcomes of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) can vary depending on the individual child and their specific needs and goals.
Some potential outcomes that have been reported by parents, therapists, and researchers include:
1️⃣ Improved Emotional Regulation (help manage emotions): Many children who have undergone the SSP therapy have shown improvements in emotional regulation. They may become better able to manage and express their emotions in a more balanced and appropriate manner.
2️⃣ Increased Social Engagement: The SSP aims to enhance social communication and engagement. Children may show improved abilities to interpret social cues, understand emotions in others, and engage more effectively in social interactions.
3️⃣ Reduced Sensory Sensitivities: The auditory stimulation provided through the SSP can potentially help children with sensory sensitivities. They may become less overwhelmed by certain sounds, textures, or environments, leading to increased comfort and better sensory processing.
4️⃣ Decreased Anxiety and Stress Levels: The calming effects of the SSP have been reported to reduce anxiety and stress in children. They may exhibit improved self-regulation and an increased ability to cope with stressful situations.
5️⃣ Enhanced Attention and Focus: Children may experience improvements in attention and focus, leading to increased productivity and better task completion.
It's important to remember that the response to the SSP can vary for each child, and not all children may experience the same outcomes.
The effectiveness of the program can depend on factors such as the child's individual needs, their response to auditory stimulation, and the overall intervention plan. Working closely with a trained therapist and regularly evaluating progress can help determine the specific outcomes for an individual child.
If you have questions about this program, please reach out and we can evaluate if this is suitable option for your child and family.
Thanks for reading!
Jessica Earle, Occupational Therapist
Reference: Integrated Listening Systems website -