What Is SSP?
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"Finding Safety and Healing: The Safe and Sound Protocol"
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a practical application of Polyvagal Theory, which helps retune the nervous system to be more regulated and resilient to life’s challenges.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a non-invasive, evidence-based auditory therapeutic intervention created by Dr. Stephen Porges, a prominent neuroscientist, as a real-life and concrete application of his revolutionary Polyvagal Theory with the support of more than 20 years of research. SSP functions as an acoustic vagal nerve stimulator designed to reduce stress, anxiety, dysregulation and hearing sensitivity while improving social engagement and resilience, increasing emotional control and reducing reactivity.
While the research on the SSP is still evolving, preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence have shown promising results in diverse populations, including individuals with autism spectrum disorders, trauma-related difficulties, anxiety, and sensory processing disorders. It has gained popularity and recognition for its potential effectiveness in addressing various challenges related to sensory processing, social engagement, and emotional regulation. These positive outcomes have contributed to its widespread adoption by therapists, educators, and healthcare professionals.
The SSP is designed to support both children and adults who may be experiencing challenges related to their nervous system regulation, such as anxiety, stress, emotional dysregulation, and sensory processing difficulties. By using specially filtered music and auditory stimulation, the SSP aims to help re-tune and regulate the nervous system, promoting a sense of safety, connection, and resilience.