Safe And Sound Protocol

Victoria Behrends - RCST, HHP, M.A., MH, RT,  CA Teacher Credential

                                      Associate for Safe And Sound Protocol - SSP

What IS THE Safe And Sound Protocol ?     
 Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges

The originator of The Polyvagal Theory

From website - stephenporges.com

The "Safe And Sound Protocol" (SSP) is now available as of March, 2017-- for professional use!

 Dr Porges has chosen to work with Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) to introduce this product to the therapy market.  iLs is a neurotechnology company that integrates music, movement and language exercises for the purpose of improving brain function.  The SSP, formerly known as "The Listening Project Protocol" is based on more than 40 years of research investigating relationships between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes. The SSP protocol is designed to exercise the neural regulation of components of auditory system involved in listening with specifically processed music.
Research suggests that following completion of the intervention, individuals will have reduced auditory hypersensitivities, improved auditory processing, improved behavioral and emotional regulation and will be better able to focus and attend in school, therapy and everyday life.


iLS - Integrated Listening Systems

The newest listening program from iLS, the SSP is described on their website:  integratedlistening.com

SSP is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. By calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy. Research-based therapy is showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

Social and emotional difficulties
Auditory sensitivities
Anxiety and trauma related challenges
Stressors that impact social engagement

Emotional and physiological state are critical to how we approach a task at hand. So when a client has better state control, not only can they be more socially engaged, they are more open to therapy. Better state regulation improves therapeutic outcomes.

This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system (regulating state) to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage. This allows the client to better interpret not only human speech, but, importantly, the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviors and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.

 The SSP is available to professionals only and is implemented over 5 days in a row, an hour a day.
 contact me
 Victoria Behrends - 760-753-1493 - Associate- Safe And Sound Protocol- SSP


Calms the emotional and physiological state by improving vagal regulation of the heart and improving auditory functions
Addresses difficulties in social communication 
One hour of vocal music per day for five consecutive days, may be implemented in 30- minute segments
May be implemented by clinician, assistant, caregiver or self-administered in clinic or home 
Quick and easy to administer
Accelerates subsequent therapies


Based on The Polyvagal Theory, created by Dr. Porges--the program is derived from nearly four decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes. It is designed to stimulate nervous system regulation by exercising systematically challenging the auditory system with specifically processed music.

The music trains the auditory pathways by focusing on the frequency envelope of human speech. As the client learns to process these speech-related frequencies, they improve the functioning of cranial nerves that are important for promoting overall social behavior.

Cranial Nerve VII (Facial Nerve) helps clients focus on human voice and tune out irrelevant frequencies.

Cranial Nerve X (Vagus Nerve) enables self-soothing and autonomic regulation.

Following successful completion of the intervention, individuals will be better able to focus in school, therapy, and everyday life and experience a calmed emotional and physiological state. This is based on studies that suggest that skills such as attention, state regulation and the ability to engage socially will be enhanced.

Dr. Stephen W. Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory, is a Distinguished University Scientist at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University and professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.