Safe and Sound Protocol
  • Does your child struggle to regulate his emotions?

  • Does your child struggle in social situations?

  • Did your child come to you through adoption or foster care or have early childhood trauma?

  • Does your child take a long time to process what you say? Or struggle to communicate?

  • Does your child have noise sensitivity?

  • Does your child have brain differences or a diagnosis such as ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, or Anxiety?
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a multi-day auditory intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more success with other therapy modalities.

The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just a couple months in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Speech and language
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Stressors that impact social engagement
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About your provider: Melissa Corkum
You've been there. A grocery store meltdown, daily phone calls from school, or defiance when you're at the end of your rope. You feel like you want the floor to swallow you up before you burst into tears. I've been there, too.

  However, parenting kids with multiple special needs through birth and adoption and educating them in private, public, and homeschool has led me to learn a lot about what helps our children succeed and what doesn't. Trust me. You don't want to learn the hard way like me.

I want you to laugh more and yell less when parenting your child with challenging behaviors.
Safe and Sound Protocol
  • REAL Life Behavior Plan System (pre-requisite). 21-day email course.
  • Equipment rental.
  • Pre-protocol orientation session. 30 minutes.
  • Ongoing support during protocol. 
  • Post-protocol debrief session. 30 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age?
The minimum age is 3 or 4. Your child needs to be able to tolerate listening to music through headphones.

How long is the protocol?
We will design a schedule that best fits your child and your family, but the typical length of treatment is 10-14 days.

When will I start seeing changes?
Some users experience changes right away, but changes can continue to occur 6 to 8 weeks after the protocol is completed.

Is this a one-time protocol?
Many clients benefit from doing some or all of the SSP again. Clients who tend to benefit from repeated use are those who benefited the first time but show a need for more input, clients who are gaining language, clients who experience a significant ear infection or trauma, and those who modified the program significantly during previous rounds. It's always best to wait 8 to 12 weeks before repeating the protocol.

Is there a discount for repeated rounds?
Yes. We can chat about what that looks like when we meet.

Do I have to be local to you to work with you?
No. You'll receive the equipment by mail and receive support virtually.

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