The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. It is an intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. By calming the behavioural and physiological state, further therapy is enhanced or even accelerated. The SSP is based on the polyvagal theory which was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges (see video below for more information).
The intervention involves listening to music that has been specifically processed so that the middle ear muscles are trained and exercised to focus on the frequency range of the human voice. The individual listens to a total of 5 hours of music over a period of time determined appropriate for the individual client.
The SSP targets specific features such as:
- auditory hypersensitivity
- difficulties with auditory processing
- behavioural outbursts
- inability to focus or sit still
- anxiety in social situations
Bright Horizons OT utilizes the Safe and Sound Protocol as one part of our treatment with children who have a variety of needs. Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment.
For more information see the iLs website. There is also a facebook group that has testimonials and more information on the Safe & Sound Protocol.
SSP Summary from Dr. Stephen Porges
Dr. Stephen Porges: What is the Polyvagal Theory
SSP Parent Testimonial