The digital version of the SSP will help you simplify, control and track your delivery of the SSP in new ways, improving the overall experience between you and your client. Shifting your focus away from the physical device and toward supporting and guiding your client allows the emphasis to be on coregulation and engagement. The “safe” you provide is just as important as the “sound” in your clients’ path to positive outcomes.
Facilitation of the SSP is a dyadic, co-regulatory experience. For it to trigger and exercise the neural circuits that promote spontaneous social communication and improved self regulation, the nervous system needs to be in a safe state. The client must feel protected and trusting so they don’t move into hypervigilance or shut-down. The therapist’s role is to support this state with their guidance and titration of the pace of the listening. The enhanced control and ability to track the client’s experience supports this and improves the pacing, feedback, and integration of the experience. This will establish how you are alongside your client to support them and allows for a more attuned approach. In this way, the SSP becomes an invitation to your client to better understand and manage their nervous system.