Why do the SSP®?*

The Safe and Sound Protocol is an evidence-based therapeutic tool designed to reset the nervous system and return it to safety. Designed to work with other therapeutic approaches and modalities, the SSP features specially filtered music that stimulates the vagus nerve. Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences, and much more.


Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, founder of the Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol is a non-invasive acoustic vagus nerve stimulator that helps the client connect with themselves, others, and the world from a foundation of physiological safety. The SSP playlists are experienced through over-the-ear headphones which can be delivered in person or remotely.


Prevent your nervous system from becoming overwhelmed by recognizing your limits and knowing when to step back and settle down.


Connect with yourself by reawakening parts of you that have been numb, disconnected or unavailable due to stress and trauma held in the body.


Reported Benefits of SSP®

  • Easier and more spontaneous social connection
  • Better emotional control
  • Improvements in auditory and other sensory sensitivities
  • Improved access to executive functions and higher cognitive abilities
  • Improved focus and attention
  • Enhanced expressive and receptive language skills
  • Lower anxiety
  • Better physiological state regulation
  • Improved learning
  • Enhanced sleep
  • Reduced pain levels
  • Increased effectiveness in other therapeutic modalities

How Does SSP® Work?*

The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) is the only practical application of Polyvagal Theory, and is designed to improve sound sensitivities and auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors through specially-filtered music.

The SSP allows for the repatterning of neural networks and improved regulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) for lasting change.

Based on hierarchical recruitment of the ANS, the SSP trains the middle ear muscles to tune-in to cues of safety signaled by the frequencies of human voice, which stimulates the social engagement system through the neural network associated with listening.


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