Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
Research Based Listening Therapy
Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a 5-day listening protocol developed to improve social engagement and resilience. Based on more than 20 years of research by Dr. Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory, SSP is meant to complement and enhance the impact of more traditional forms of therapy. SSP has been shown to have significant effects on the following areas:
Anxiety and trauma-related challenges
Social and emotional difficulties
Stressors that impact social engagement
SSP was initially developed to help reduce distress for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but has since shown to provide relief for those experiencing a variety of challenges including stress, anxiety, trauma, sleep-related problems, behavior and self-regulation skills, social and emotional difficulties, and attention and executive functioning deficits.
What to Expect
SSP is generally delivered in the office over 5 consecutive days. Participants wear noise-canceling headphones connected to an MP3 player with specially produced music. During the protocols, clients may sit quietly or participate in quiet activities such as puzzles or drawing. Parents of youth clients accompany their children and are expected to help create a safe nurturing environment for their child. Adult clients may choose to bring a safe person with them or to engage in the treatment in the company of the therapist or on their own.
Prior to scheduling the five-day protocol, all clients must attend a 50-minute intake session to determine if SSP is right for them. Due to the importance of a safe and supportive environment, clients may need to be actively engaged with a therapist (through Willow Grove or an outside provider). For some, especially those with a history of complex trauma, it is recommended that the protocol be delivered in shorter segments over a longer period of time. Your provider will work with you to ensure a treatment plan that is as safe and effective as possible.
Parent testimonial for a child diagnosed with Autism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, RAD, ADHD