Safe and Sound Protocol
The Safe and Sound Protocol is a therapeutic listening program that uses the muscles of the inner ear to access the vagus nerve and support access to the social engagement and orientation system.
This protocol consists of listening to playlists filtered to a certain range while in coregulation. It can be done in person or remotely. The protocol can be incorporated into your regular session times and can be adapted to a timeline that works for you. The intervention uses prosodic vocal music that has been filtered to send signals of soothing safeness and that train the middle ear to take in more signals of safety. The music is heard through headphones while engaging in a calm activity. SSP assists in calming the physiological and emotional state which leads to improved communication and more successful somatic therapy. Some of the changes that occur with SSP may occur immediately. Most changes occur over 3 months or more as the individual is able to engage and relate in new ways.
The SSP is not a tool to change your unique ways of connecting, or to decrease the expression of neurodivergence. This protocol is about supporting your access to feelings of safety and regulation.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Supports:
Nurturing feelings of safety
Receiving, processing and responding to cues from others
Increasing emotional control while reducing reactivity
The Safe and Sound Protocol is designed to support folks who are experiencing: