Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
Acoustic vagus nerve stimulation for sensory regulation
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based, 5 hour listening program based on Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. It has been found to improve self-regulation and social engagement in those with anxiety, trauma, social and emotional difficulties, auditory sensitivities and processing difficulties, and stressors that impact social engagement.
The SSP is a supervised intervention, delivered by highly qualified, certified, and licensed SSP Practioners. In our facility, that provider is Zita Dube-Lockhart, a trauma informed movement specialist who has an extensive background in behavioural counselling, pain and stress management, movement integration, and early childhood intervention.
It is a safe, non-invasive, evidence based program that can delivered in person or online and can support children and adults alike.
This video from Unyte-iLs offers an overview of the polyvagal theory and how it applies to state regulation.
The complete SSP program can be delivered using two pathways: active and passive. The active pathway consists of the CORE program, with CONNECT and BALANCE making up the passive pathway. Each of the SSP pathways is composed of different filtered, unfiltered and calming 5-hour music playlists designed specifically for either children or adults.
The different SSP pathways are designed to help the nervous system to better receive, process and respond to the cues and signals from the world around us. This helps us learn how to more easily and consistently feel better regulated in the face of life’s challenges.
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