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

When we adopted as parent trainers, we thought we were prepared. We were wrong.

We spent three years in a constant power struggle and dying on all the wrong hills. It took almost losing our kids to get us to do something differently.

Kids should come with manuals, but since they don't, a parent coach is the next best thing.

I've read all the books, gone to all the trainings, and gotten certified as a Safe and Sound Provider, Life Coach, Enneagram Coach, Essential Oil Specialist, and Empowered to Connect parent trainer, so you don't have to.

I've helped dozens of parents shift to a brain-based view of behaviors so they can find more effective solutions besides threatening and punishing and become confident parents. I'm a mom to six kids by birth and adoption. They've taught me a lot about what creates thriving parent-child relationships…and what doesn't.

Safe and Sound Protocol
  • REAL Life Behavior Plan System. 21-day parenting course.
  • Pre-protocol assessment. 
  • Pre-protocol training.
  • Daily support during protocol. 
  • 30-days of private parent coaching via Voxer.
  • Post-protocol assessment. 
  • Post-protocol debrief session. 
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. The protocol is delivered through an app on your smartphone. The app is currently only available for Android devices. If you need to rent equipment for the protocol, the cost is an additional $125 for the month and includes shipping both ways.

May multiple people in our house complete the protocol?
Yes! Up to 4 household members may complete the protocol. You may add additional members at $50/person which also extends your coaching and support by an extra 7-days.

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