Safe and Sound Protocol
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidenced based listening program that was developed by Stephen Porges based upon the Polyvagal Theory. The goal of the SSP is to move a client out of a defensive state (Fight, Flight, or Freeze) into a safe and social engagement state while allowing flexibility to move in between states if necessary. The SSP is a drug free and non-invasive program that uses filtered music to help achieve:
Better emotional and self regulation
Reduced sound sensitivities
Enhanced auditory processing
Reduced anxiety and depression
Decreased impulsivity and hyperactivity
Improved sleep, digestion, and body awareness
Less fatigue and pain
Efficient sensory processing
Enhanced social behaviors
What To Expect?
First, it must be determined if you or your child is a candidate for the SSP. This will be done through an initial conversation, a history/intake form, and general questionnaires. Clients will be guided through a treatment protocol that is individualized and will vary in length and duration based upon the clients needs and responses to filtered music. The first session, will be delivered in person, with subsequent sessions occurring in-person, remotely or a hybrid approach. The frequency and duration of how often a client should be listening to the SSP will be determined at the first session and will be re-evaluated at follow up check in sessions.
What Equipment is Needed?
In order to access the SSP each client will need a pair of over the ear, non-noise cancelling headphones. Earbuds, air-pods, and noise canceling headphones are not permitted. Clients will also need access to a smart device/tablet and the internet as the SSP is delivered via the Unyte-ILS App.
If you are interested in learning more about the Safe and Sound Protocol, please contact Amanda Zdrojewski at 716-241-9693 or by using the messaging system below!