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The Safe and Sound Protocol

Five hours of music.
Long-lasting impact.

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a powerful listening therapy designed to help regulate the nervous system, so you can better connect with yourself, others and the world around you.

Humans need social connection.

Subconsciously, your nervous system is always looking for cues of safety from other people through things like body language, facial expression or tone of voice.

But if you have a harder time interpreting these cues of safety due to past experiences or the way you take in information, your brain and body can misinterpret these cues, limiting your ability to connect in a meaningful way.

How does the SSP work?

Through the specially filtered music, the SSP sends cues of safety to your nervous system, building the foundation for awareness, embodiment and resilience.

Benefits of nervous system regulation

Improved response to stress

When our nervous system is regulated, it’s easier to sleep, eat, digest, concentrate, communicate, and participate in meaningful relationships with others. We can better respond to difficult situations and move past them instead of reacting and getting “stuck” in them.

Better emotional regulation and resilience

Become attuned to and more in control of emotions, so you can move through temporary setbacks with more flexibility and ease.

More social connection and deeper relationships

By activating the part of your brain that allows us to be more social, affectionate and connected, the SSP can help shift you into a state where you are more comfortable and at ease engaging with others, leading to deeper and more meaningful relationships.

Tunes that retune.

The music of the SSP is unlike any other. Each track has been filtered through a patented algorithm that highlights specific sound frequencies that are similar to the human voice.

Unfiltered Music

This is an example of the full-spectrum sound frequencies in a typical unfiltered clip of popular music.

Specially Filtered SSP Music

Here is the exact same clip — after being filtered through the evidence-based algorithm backed by decades of scientific research.

As you listen to the music of the SSP, these highlighted frequencies send cues of safety to retune your nervous system, which can help you feel more settled, engaged and balanced.

Works alongside you, wherever you are on your healing journey.

Supports many symptoms and conditions

 The SSP may be helpful in reducing symptoms and supporting overall health and resiliency for people seeking support for:

• Depression and anxiety
• Neurodevelopmental differences, such as autism,
• hyperactivity and attention
• Learning difficulties
• Sensory processing differences
• Trauma history
• And more

Works with other therapies

It can also be combined with and is supportive of other therapies, including:

• Neurodevelopmental treatment, such as occupational therapy, play therapy and sensory integration therapy

• Other forms of mental health and trauma therapies, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), and Internal Family Systems (IFS)

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other forms of talk therapy (e.g. DBT, MCBT, etc.)

 

 

Listen from almost anywhere

You can listen to the music of SSP either in person with your certified provider or remotely from the comfort of your own home, allowing for flexibility and ease. Your provider will collaborate with you on a listening plan that works for you.

Safe and effective for all ages and families

The SSP has helped over 100,000 children, adolescents and adults in more than 70 countries worldwide. Uniquely, many families experience the SSP together and in support of one another.

 

 

Continue your learning

 
It’s important for you to stay informed and educated along the listening journey. Watch this short video for an introduction to the SSP, including:

• What a listening session may look like
• What the SSP music sounds like
• How often or how fast you should listen
• What to expect from your SSP provider
• And more

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the music sound like?

The SSP uses music that you may already be familiar with. The music is filtered through an algorithm that enhances intonation changes within the frequency range of the human voice, training the auditory processing system to attune to cues of safety.

 

A classical playlist is also available as a non-vocal, trauma-sensitive and accessible alternative that maintains the essential elements and original algorithms of the SSP.

Can I do the SSP by myself without a provider?

The SSP is a powerful therapeutic intervention and is not available for use without the supervision of a trained professional (e.g. therapist, licensed social worker, mental health practitioner, clinician, educator, etc.). Your provider may, however, suggest some independent listening as part of your SSP experience. All SSP providers are required to complete an extensive training and certification course prior to delivering the SSP to ensure safe and effective delivery.

What does a listening session look like?

Listening sessions can vary between providers depending on intake assessments, and usually can include a combination of client education, regulating activities and listening to the SSP. We recommend speaking with your provider about SSP delivery.

Do I have to listen to the hours in order?

The music is divided into five hour-long sections. While you are not required to listen to a full hour each session, the filtration of the main SSP program is dynamic and progressive so it is important to listen in order and not repeat any sections without guidance from your SSP provider.

What can I do while listening?

Consult with your SSP provider for guidance on what activities are most supportive of your listening experience. In most cases, light movement, breathing exercises, and drawing, coloring or puzzle activities are recommended. High-intensity exercise, cognitively demanding tasks, and video games or computer work are generally not recommended.

Find out more

To find out more about Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) and how it may benefit you or your child, book an assessment with our SSP Consultant, Jennifer Muller today!

Safe and Sound Protocol Questionnaires

Fill up our Safe and Sound protocol Questionnaire Forms.

Important Forms for Children:
Safe and Sound Intake Form – Child

Important Forms for Adults:
Safe and Sound Intake Form – Adult 

Forms for children/adults should be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the initial appointment.

Over 100,000 Helped

Used in 70+ countries, those who’ve gone through the SSP report improvement and support with anxiety, autism, and more.

In-Person or Virtual Listening

The option for delivery in-person, remote or a hybrid mix offers flexibility to make the SSP work around you.

Safe and Effective for All Ages

Suitable for children, adults and families, with multiple playlist options to choose from, including classical and popular music

Backed by Real World Evidence

Research showing the positive impact of the Safe and Sound Protocol has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Frontiers, and more.

Works with Other Therapies

The SSP acts passively on the autonomic nervous system, meaning that beyond listening, you do not have to “do” anything to experience the benefits. 

Start your journey toward improved auditory processing and sensory integration today!

 

To find out more about the Safe and Sound Protocol Therapy and how it may benefit you or your child, book an assessment with us today!

 

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