Auditory hypersensitivities are classic hallmarks of anxiety, sensory processing issues, and autism spectrum disorder. At Yulene Developmental Consulting in Sugar Land, Texas, certified pediatric occupational therapist Yulene Broussard, MS, OTR/L, can help reduce these sensitivities with the Safe & Sound Protocol, an auditory intervention that uses music to improve the autonomic nervous system’s stress responses. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
The Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) is a music-based intervention that reduces auditory hypersensitivity and improves communication skills.
Developed by renowned psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Porges, SSP focuses on improving the autonomic nervous system’s (ANS) responses to environmental stimuli. The ANS helps regulate psychological responses to stress and other stimuli.
With music containing frequencies that stimulate the ANS, the SSP can help regulate responses to stress. This treatment is ideal for children with sensory processing issues, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and other developmental disorders that affect auditory processing and eye contact.
The Safe & Sound Protocol works as an acoustic vagal nerve stimulator that interferes with the ANS’ state of defense, which can suppress auditory processing. By stimulating the neural pathways associated with hearing, the SSP shifts your child from hyperarousal to feelings of safety and calmness.
Improving the brain's ability to process auditory information allows the SSP to help enhance your child’s social communication and behavior.
During the program, your child listens to specially filtered music that engages the neural pathways in processing and integrating auditory information. Your child listens to the music through headphones remotely connected to a secure app.
Many children, adolescents, and families can benefit from the Safe & Sound Protocol, including those with:
If your child struggles with any of the above challenges, Yulene can perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether the SSP is best for your family.