Nourish and awaken the nervous system.
Feel better. Think better. Connect better.
The Safe and Sound Protocol, or SSP, is a non-invasive application of Polyvagal Theory, based on decades of research and developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, Unyte's Chief Scientific Advisor.
The SSP's effectiveness has been proven in a wide range of studies, most notably in two clinical trials involving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trial participants demonstrated statistically significant improvements in:
- Emotional control
- 'Behavioral organisation
- Hearing sensitivity and listening
The SSP program, which is facilitated by qualified and certified professionals, employs a practical bottom-up approach to help people regulate their nervous system more consistently and indepently.
Feel more safe, calm, grounded and resilient. Feel less irritable, anxious and overwhelmed.
Think more clearly, attentively and creatively. Think less rigidly, disorganised and distractible.
Connect more openly, genuinely and wholly. Connect less guardedly, distantly and oppositionally.
Nourish nervous system safely and remotely.
One SSP, 3 Pathways: Connect, Core, Balance
The complete SSP program comprises 3 main pathways that are accessible through and facilitated by a qualified and certified professional.
Each of the SSP pathways is composed of different filtered, unfiltered and calming 5-hour music playlists for either children or adults.
The SSP pathways are designed to help the nervous system to better receive, process and respond to the cues and signals from the world around us. This helps us learn how to more easily and consistently feel better regulated in the face of life’s challenges.
Warm up the nervous system with a gentle and slow introduction, establish familiarity and a sense of safety.
The original 5-hour listening program designed to wake up, exercise and open the nervous system, to build capacity and achieve reduced sensitivity and a more resilient physiological state.
Continue to stabilize and maintain a sense of calm and grounding, and further integrate the benefits of SSP Core.
What you hear, and how you hear it, influences how the body responds.
Listening is connected with the vagus nerve, the body’s internal control center for processing and responding to cues and signals from the world around us. The SSP uses specially-filtered music to train the neural network associated with listening to focus on the frequency range of the human voice. What you hear, and how you hear it, influences how your body responds.
It’s not what you say – it’s how you say it. We look, speak and listen with the same system. When the voice changes, the body responds. Think of how a baby or a pet responds to your voice. As we learn to focus on the sound frequencies of human speech through the SSP program, the vagus nerve becomes stimulated and the state of feeling more safe and calm becomes accessible.
The proof is in the playlists. Specially treated music playlists are part of the SSP program and all help ‘prime’ the nervous system by exposing it to different sound frequencies. Listening to these playlists through over the ear headphones helps the nervous system to more readily achieve balance, or “homeostasis.”
The SSP is available through an online and app-based platform (available on Android and iOS) that empowers professionals with a simplified approach to access, control and track delivery with clients. This digital SSP delivery enables you to reach and support more clients simultaneously while focusing on co-regulation and your client relationship. As Dr. Porges says, the “safe” is as important as the “sound.”
With digital delivery, the SSP can be delivered either in-clinic or remotely, and is often used in conjunction with other modalities to help accelerate or enhance therapeutic results. Unyte-iLs enables professionals with specially-developed Remote Guidelines, a Remote Certification Program and SSP Pathways Guidelines, which all help lead to improved client outcomes.
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