What is SSP or Safe and Sound Protocol?

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a passive and non-invasive intervention designed to help you regulate your nervous system and improve social engagement. 

It involves listening to specially designed music filtered to emphasize frequencies that target the middle ear muscles, which can enhance communication between the body and brain. 

This protocol effectively treats individuals with auditory processing disorders, anxiety, and other related conditions.

Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) benefits include improved self-regulating ability, increased social engagement, better auditory processing, reduced anxiety and stress, and improved overall well-being. 

By helping to restore balance to the autonomic nervous system, the protocol may help individuals feel more calm, focused and resilient.

Benefits of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

 A. Improved communication

 B. Reduced anxiety

 C. Improved social skills

 D. Improved regulation

How to Incorporate the Safe and Sound Protocol ( SSP)?

The Safe and Sound Protocol effectively reduces anxiety and improves social skills by regulating the autonomic nervous system. It is important to consider the individual’s specific needs and goals when incorporating the Safe and Sound Protocol and to work closely with a qualified practitioner to ensure its effectiveness.

In the Insight Clinic, we bring you a cozy and safe environment with an experienced and registered team of therapists speaking multiple languages that help you with the below four stages, assess your goals and needs, and set a productive treatment plan that suits your well-being.    

 A. Finding a qualified practitioner

 B. Choosing an appropriate setting

 C. Understanding the cost and duration

 D. Preparing for the process Call us at 289-483-0133 or visit our safe and sound page to choose your therapist.

Conditions that Benefit from Safe and Sound Protocol ( SSP)

Research has also shown promising results for individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This neurodevelopmental disorder affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. 

It is a spectrum disorder because the symptoms and severity can vary widely from person to person. Some common symptoms of autism include difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors or interests, and difficulty with social interactions.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a condition that affects how the brain processes auditory information, making it difficult to understand speech and other sounds. 

Some common symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder include difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following multi-step directions, and frequently misinterpreting language. It is important to note that individuals with APD may have normal hearing but struggle to process and interpret sounds correctly.

Social anxiety, or social phobia, is a mental health disorder characterized by intense fear and discomfort in social situations. Symptoms can include:

  • Excessive self-consciousness.
  • Fear of judgment or embarrassment.
  • Avoidance of social situations.
  • Physical symptoms such as sweating or trembling.

For example, someone with social anxiety may avoid attending parties or speaking in public due to their fear of being negatively evaluated by others.

Separation anxiety is a common childhood disorder characterized by excessive fear or anxiety when separated from a parent or caregiver. Symptoms may include crying, tantrums, and physical complaints such as headaches or stomach aches. For example, a child may refuse to go to school or sleepovers due to separation anxiety. 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition characterized by excessive and persistent worry about everyday events and activities. People with GAD may experience physical symptoms such as muscle tension, fatigue, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. 

An example could be someone who worries excessively about their health, finances, relationships, or work, even without apparent reason.

Dysfunction in the Autonomic Nervous System has been linked to various physical and mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, orthostatic hypotension, gastroparesis, and urinary retention. 

Therefore, developing effective interventions to regulate the autonomic nervous system could have significant clinical implications for improving overall health and well-being. Early diagnosis and management of autonomic dysfunction are crucial in preventing complications and improving patient outcomes.

Childhood trauma refers to experiences that can cause significant distress and disrupt a child’s development. Symptoms of childhood trauma can include anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and physical health issues.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance behaviors, and hyperarousal. 

It is common in veterans and high-stress jobs like police, firefighters and forensic officers. Signs and symptoms in veterans may include nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance, avoidance behaviors, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Healthcare providers need to recognize these symptoms and provide appropriate treatment and support.

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. For example, someone with ADHD may have difficulty focusing on tasks for an extended period or act impulsively without considering the consequences. 

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition characterized by emotional dysregulation, which includes intense and unstable emotions, impulsive behavior, and difficulty maintaining relationships. Emotional dysregulation is the inability to regulate or control one’s emotions effectively. Talk to your psychotherapist to see if SSP will help productively.


The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a neurodevelopmental intervention designed to improve social engagement, language and communication skills, and overall well-being by reducing stress and auditory sensitivity. The protocol involves:

  • Listening to specially filtered music trains the middle ear muscles to process sound more efficiently.
  • Reducing anxiety.
  • Improving regulation of the autonomic nervous system and increasing social engagement.

Finding a Safe and Sound Protocol-qualified and registered therapist to incorporate the protocol, choose an appropriate setting, understand the cost and duration, and prepare for the process is important.

Following the protocol can reduce stress levels, improve focus and concentration, and increase adult emotional regulation. Children may experience improved behaviour, academic performance, communication skills, and self-esteem. Contact us today to get started.

Safe and Sound protocol session. Man Listening to specially designed music filtered to emphasize frequencies that target the middle ear muscles

Getting Help at The Insight Clinic

Getting Help at The Insight Clinic

Getting Help at The Insight Clinic