Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) is a research-based mind/body therapy that enhances social engagement & resilience by reducing stress & auditory sensitivity. It uses filtered music to train the middle ear muscles to focus on certain frequencies, using this acoustic channel as portal to neural regulation and sense of safety at the autonomic nervous system level. It have been shown to benefit with clients living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, speech, developmental, or learning difficulties, trauma, anxiety, and social engagement struggles. I like to think of it as a tool that can turn down volume to promote a sense of internal calm.
Clients listen to music using over the ear headphones either in office or at home, depending on where they are at with therapy and needs. The SSP requires a minimum of 6 sessions which includes an intake and information session plus the 5 hours of the core program. Some clients can only tolerate short sets of music during a session and others can complete a full hour to music in one session. This therapy cannot be rushed in order for the effects to be beneficial. There are no negative long term side effects however, some clients experience short term symptoms or worsening of symptoms as their system regulates.
After they listen to the music program clients have ongoing access to similar music at home for maintenance, to be used as needed. Some clients may need to redo the original program in therapy after 3 months time.
Those with the following features might benefit from using the SSP:
Social and emotional difficulties
Auditory and other sensory sensitivities
Auditory processing difficulties
Anxiety and trauma-related challenges
Stressors that impact social engagement
Difficulties in regulating physiological and emotional state
Chronic pain and fatigue