WHAT IS THE SSP?
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a listening program that provides 5 hours of vocal music that is filtered by frequency. The music activates the muscles in the middle ear and is designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The intervention helps to improve physiological state regulation by calming and retuning the autonomic nervous system. When our body is feeling safe and calm it allows us to be more engaged with others and in the world around us.
One SSP, 3 Pathways: Connect, Core, Balance
The complete SSP program comprises 3 main pathways.
Each of the SSP pathways is composed of different filtered, unfiltered and calming 5-hour music playlists for either children or adults.
The 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 non-invasive intervention is not considered a stand alone therapy but can help to augment progress in other therapies.
The SSP’s effectiveness has been proven in a wide range of studies, most notably in two clinical trials involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trial participants demonstrated statistically significant improvements in:
- Emotional control
- Behavioral organization
- Hearing sensitivity and listening
More information about the SSP can be found on the Integrated Listening Systems website.