Safe and Sound Protocol



Based on years of research by Dr. Stephen Porges and his Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-hour therapeutic listening intervention designed to supports the client's emotional regulation and neuroception (i.e. sense of one's safety), as well as decrease the client's auditory sensitivity. The music is designed to stimulate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for calming the nervous system. This allows for enhanced social engagement and resilience in children and adults. The purpose of SSP is to create new, positive connections in the brain that allow the client to regulate oneself by "stretching the nervous system, not stressing the nervous system."

SSP is a great way to help children and adults move through major transitions (such as starting school, starting a new job, going on vacation), engage more purposefully in social interaction, experience emotional regulation, and prepare for participation in other therapeutic interventions. SSP is meant to complement the work a child or adult is already doing (or will be doing) in therapy-- it is not meant as a stand along intervention. As SSP works implicitly on the nervous system to enhance one's neuroception, the work with a therapist will work explicitly to recognize one's state of regulation and find strategies to get back to a state of regulation more readily. The protocol is also adaptive and changes with the latest research in the field. 




SSP is a music-based intervention that can address dysregulation caused by Sensory Processing Disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, sleep disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, misophonia, and other factors that cause an overactive or underactive emotional state. By reducing auditory sensitivities and improving the ability to process human speech, the goal of SSP is to calm the autonomic nervous system so that the child or adult can become more social, engaged, and responsive to their own emotional needs. Other benefits may include improved digestion, improved sleep, and improved vocal tone.

Safe and Sound Protocol for Children and Teens

SSP is a great way to help children move through major transitions (such as starting school, moving, going on vacation) and prepare for participation in other therapeutic interventions.

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Safe and Sound Protocol for Adults

Safe and Sound Protocol has had a global effect on the brain and central nervous system. As a result, it is successfully integrated into a wide variety of therapies and programs. It can include programs that improve cognitive, language and social abilities. As our brain/body connection becomes more organized, we better process the world around us and become more confident, happy and engaged.



Interested participants will commit to listening to a five-hour listening intervention, depending on the discretion of the supervising provider. 

Delivered either in-clinic or remotely, the client experiences the SSP through over-the-ear headphones conveniently connected to a user-friendly app. Your provider will develop a sustainable listening schedule for you and monitor listening over 6 weeks. Once clients complete the 5-hour CORE program, they will work with our team to transition into one of our maintenance programs. Additionally, clients will receive 4- private sessions which can be offered in our clinic here in Pelham or online for your convenience which will support orientation, customization, and execution of the intervention. Clients will also learn about the science behind the program and other tools to support self-awareness and the nervous system regulation. 


Additional support programs are available to support nervous system maintenance and regulation after the initial 6-week intervention but are not required.


To learn more about SSP and get started, please click below and complete our New Client Interest Form.