Safe and Sound Program (SSP) is a 5-day auditory program utilized at Sensory Jim & Friends suggested to commences prior to the initiation of physical therapy for children presenting with challenges in the areas of social and behavioral engagement.
It aims to calm a child’s behavioral and psychological state. Many children with various forms of sensory processing disorders, post traumatic stress disorders and Autism Spectrum disorders are attempting to function in a state of hyper-arousal as their nervous systems are constantly barraged from the moment they wake up until they go to sleep. Research based therapy shows improvement in the following areas:
- Social and behavioral difficulties
- Auditory sensitivities
- Anxiety and trauma related challenges
- and stressors that impact social engagement.
History and Significance:
The SSP is related to Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, based on decades of research on the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social emotional behavior. The music is designed to impact two cranial nerves vital for the promotion of social behavior: Cranial Nerve VII (Facial) allows for improved concentration on appropriate sound frequencies while filtering out irrelevant ones. Cranial Nerve X (Vagus) facilitates self-soothing and autonomic regulation.
The successful completion of this precursor to Physical Therapy may strengthen a child’s ability to focus in school, therapy and everyday walks of life, through enriched behavioral and emotional regulation.
This program is not covered by insurance. Please call or email for rates.