the fluctuations in human voice calms your (or your child’s) physiological state. Once your system has been primed and your state is calm, further therapy is enhanced and behavioral regulation is improved
Who is it useful for?
It is suitable for any adult or child whose nervous system is in a heightened state. Generally these people feel highly anxious, frustrated and their emotional state may escalate quickly. Their social engagement may become distorted and they may also demonstrate behaviours such as shut down, isolating themselves and avoidance. SSP has been thoroughly researched by Dr Stephen Porges and the main mechanism involves using the auditory system to calm the overall nervous system. In context of our clinic we see adults and children many who have anxiety associated with what they are seeing us for. We are hoping that the SSP will be useful for patients with the following
We are also happy to support other therapists who see patients that may benefit from the SSP.
What is the Safe & Sound Protocol?
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. The intervention uses prosodic vocal music that has been filtered to train the middle ear muscles to focus in on the frequency envelope of human speech. Once human speech is properly perceived, the portal to social engagement has been opened. You’ll find you are (or your child is) better able to interpret not only the meaning, but also the intent in conversations. And the sense of safety that is achieved by better understanding
How it works?
The patient is required to listen to filtered music using specialist equipment for an hour everyday over 5 consecutive days. Each day the music and filtering is changed slightly.
At Hypatia we request you attend a 1 hour appointment in which we go through the SSP in detail and how to deliver it at home in a safe environment. We then assist you with the first 30 minute listening session. After that you are welcome to take the equipment home for the 5 days.
The cost to see the Audiologist and to hire the equipment is £250
If accessing the clinic and SSP for APD it may be worth performing APD testing pre and post SSP to objectively measure any improvements in listening skills although this is not compulsary.