Developed by leading American psychiatrist Dr Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a 5-day treatment that uses headphones and filtered music. This gentle therapy retrains the muscles of the middle ear to reduce sensitivity to background noise. The picture below shows how it works.
Studies have shown that the SSP calms the listener’s physiological and emotional state. For autistic children, the SSP opens the door to better communication and attention, which in turn improves the outcome from other therapies.
The SSP is a research-based (empirical) therapy. Significant results have been documented in the following areas:
- Emotional difficulties
- Auditory sensitivities
- General anxiety and stress
- Social anxiety
The SSP may also reduce the negative effects of
- Orthodontic treatment
- Tinnitus (tinnitus due to medication won’t be helped by SSP)
- Joint hypermobility (h-EDS)
Read more about the SSP here.