Why might you want to do the protocol before your child?

Many children struggle with “stress behaviors,” because their social engagement system is frequently offline. This can be an adaptive response to family stress. It is common for there to be chronic stress in many families. Often the parents’ social engagement system also adapts to family stress by shutting down. Parents may feel more vigilant and in a task mode, where they feel a lot of pressure. This state allows the parent to respond to the demands of work and to juggle all the pragmatic needs of the family, but also makes them less available to convey a sense of presence and attunement with their child. So, it helps if the parent first has support bringing their own social engagement system online with a supportive therapist, so they are prepared to meet the child’s emerging relational needs that may begin to express due to the treatment. It also gives the parent a direct experience of what the protocol feels like both physiologically and emotionally. This helps the parent both understand and trust the process with their child.

The Safe & Sound Protocol is a neuro-platform that supports your nervous system to be available for social engagement. It can support other ways in which your are nourishing your relational health, including psychotherapy, body therapies, singing or engaging in music especially socially, and other ways in which you nurture your need to connect to others while feeling good in your body.

How each day of treatment progresses…

Helpful Treatment in ADULTS for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Distress related to trauma
  • Dysregulation due to Complex Developmental Trauma
  • Inattention
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Sensory sensitivities

Possible Positive Outcomes

  • More spontaneous
  • Better sleep
  • Greater focus
  • Greater enjoyment of physical touch and comfort
  • Able to let go of tasks in order to relax and experience being-ness
  • Able to enjoy conversations with others
  • Greater capacity for emotional vulnerability
  • Increased tolerance for intimacy
  • Improved awareness of state changes in the body and able to respond in helpful ways
  • Better digestion
  • Greater sound tolerance

Treatment Process

In my experience, the SSP has the most impact and longterm positive effect when done in person with me. Parents complete the treatment in order to help them benefit from the protocol and also to help their nervous system learn from direct experience. Often, parents are able to provide this to their children once they themselves feel more regulated and understand the process.

  • Four 60-90 minute sessions (Session4 days in a row)
  • Ongoing in-person or remote support in providing the treatment to their children.
  • Pre/Post nervous system assessments
  • Nervous System Support Guide

Monthly Remote SSP (CHILDREN)

Helpful Treatment in CHILDREN for:

  • Overwhelming Tantrums
  • Anxiety
  • Inattention
  • Auditory Sensitivities
  • Sensory Processing Sensitivities
  • Dysregulation due to Trauma
  • Difficulty with Social Engagement
  • Possible Positive Outcomes

  • More eye contact
  • Increased singing and laughter
  • Better sleep
  • Greater awareness of hunger and satiety
  • Greater attentionMore likely to seek physical touch and comfort
  • Greater emotional regulation
  • Less dependence on proprioception for self regulation (jumping on furniture, shoving into others, banging body against things, flopping around without body awareness)
  • More likely to express feelings and use language to communicate needs
  • Better able to engage in play with others
  • Greater emotional toleranceLess audio sensitivity
  • Better digestion
  • Lessening of constipation, diarrhea, or other enteric distress
  • Once you’ve completed the SSP, you will be prepared to support your child through the protocol because you will know what to look for and how to support them as they listen…and your nervous system will be too! You can be your child’s daily listening support person.

    • Remote support
    • 1-month Access to adult SSP subscription
    • Pre/Post Tests
    Dr. Porges discussing the changes you might expect to see with your child.

    To contact Robbyn for more information…