What Is The Safe And Sound Protocol?
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a form of sound therapy (in the form of a five day auditory intervention) that is designed to reduce auditory sensitivity and stress in children in order to enhance their resilience and social engagement. The therapy has its basis in Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory which posits that calming a child’s physiological and emotional state enables better communication and improved therapeutic outcomes. SSP is an evidence based therapy developed through research that has been demonstrated to show improved results in a child after the five day intervention in the following areas:
• Emotional and social difficulties
• Sensitivity to auditory events
• Anxiety or trauma related issues
• Inattention behaviours that reduce social engagement
Research has shown that following the SSP can result in children being better able to concentrate in school, respond better in therapy and enjoy daily life more as they achieve a calm emotional and physiological state.