The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a non-invasive five-day auditory intervention, developed by Dr. Stephen Porges. The protocol is designed, based on Polyvagal Theory, to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The intervention works by calming physiological and emotional states, resulting in improved communication and more successful therapy.

What is SPP and how does it work?

The SPP uses the auditory system to access the vagus complex; the vagus complex manages our physiological state. By exercising and systematically challenging the auditory system, the SSP stimulates nervous system regulation.

You (or your child) listen to specially processed music for one hour a day for five consecutive days.  The specially filtered vocal music trains the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency of human speech and retune the nervous system. This allows you (or your child) to be better able to interpret the meaning, the intent and emotional meaning of language.  The sense of safety that is achieved by better understanding the fluctuations in human voice calms your (or your child’s) physiological state.  

Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviours and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen. With a more regulated physiological state, we can accelerate or augment subsequent therapies.

The SSP may be a beneficial therapy for:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety related challenges
  • Trauma related challenges
  • Inattention
  • Stressors that impact social engagement

Contact Jennifer Mitchell for more information and to assess your suitability for SSP. Please note, you must be able to commit to the one hour of auditory intervention per day/for 5 days. You or your child must be able to tolerate wearing headphones. While listening to the music, you or your child can engage in activities such as coloring, games, cards etc. Although activities should not be too stimulating.

You can read more about SSP here.