Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges and backed by two peer-reviewed studies, 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 SSP calms physiological and emotional states and allows for improved communication. This program can be repeated every six weeks.


This protocol is intended for children or adults affected by trauma or developmental disorders, including autism, who experience difficulties with social engagement, auditory processing, hyper-arousal, and emotional regulation.  It is used to reduce defensiveness and accelerate the therapeutic process. It can be used at home or in the clinic, by anyone who could use calming of the parasympathetic system.  SSP is an enjoyable and beneficial experience. 


"We have tried so many other things with minimal help. We just never got to the core of the issue. The SSP got to the core".               Parents of an adolescent with PTSD            

"I saw a difference in my son after the second hour of what we called "listening work", although it  was no work at all!

He began communicating in complete sentences and with clear ideas instead of fussing. We also noticed right away that he was managing overstimulating environments in a way we had never seen before. Even months later we continue to see the progress he has made. We cannot believe the difference we have seen, and he LOVES to do his "listening work" We are so grateful" .                  Mother of 4.5 yr old with genetic muscular concerns

" Our daughter was diagnosed with a damaged Vagus, she vomited everyday for over a month.  After five days with the Safe and Sound, she stopped vomiting.  We love these guys...and the SSP.   Parents of  22 year old

"This program helped my son with sleep, self-calming (getting over things faster), sitting still during activities where he is not directly engaged, expressive language, and being increasingly "tuned in" to conversations around him.  Thank you!"                           Mother of a 14 year old with autism

"There seems to be a better sense of control about my emotions and a sense of balance and calm. It has been extremely rewarding to be more deliberate and aware of my reactions. This change has improved the communication and conflict resolution in some of my most important relationships".    

53 year old with lingering struggles, following the death of her husband