The SSP, developed by world-renowned scientist Dr. Stephen Porges, uses the auditory system and its direct connection to the nervous system to restore the brain and body’s ability to find states of calm, safety, and regulation. The programs of the SSP use modulated vocal music to engage the neural network associated with listening and the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the part of the nervous system responsible for rest, regulation, connection, and social engagement and is an important bidirectional pathway between the body and the brain. When the vagus nerve is stimulated, cognitive and emotional regulation is possible. And states of anxiety, stress, and overwhelm are minimized.
There are three Pathways to the SSP: Connect, Core and Balance. Each one provides its own touchpoint into the nervous system. Our SSP Certification training provides details on how to use the three Pathways of the SSP.
Included in the SSP Core are 5 hours of music delivered through two optional programs, one geared toward adolescents and adults that contains a range of diverse popular and folk songs and one that is geared toward children, that contains a selection of Disney and other childhood favorites songs.
Common applications for SSP include:
- Trauma and anxiety
- Auditory hypersensitivity
- Behavioral dysregulation
- Difficulty with social communication
- Preparation for therapy
For Providers: What your client may experience
SSP Training resources with quick links found in your MyUnyte dashboard are always a good review - specifically you may want to refer to:
- Administering the SSP
- Talking to parents about SSP
Clients share their stories:
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