Safe & Sound Protocol

Why am I introducing the Safe and Sound Protocol?

Adult clients and parents of ADHD children often complain that they have already undergone many different forms of intervention for their ADHD related challenges which is not only expensive but also frustrating when nothing seems to change.

 

The change they seek is often out of reach because most interventions are top down approaches - i.e. the interventions target the mind, not the mind and body. The link between the mind and body is a two way street.

 

If the autonomic nervous system (body) is very stressed then the information it sends to the mind about its (social) environment can often be exaggerated as threatening which in turn manifests as stress and anxiety. Simple social cues from a colleague, loved one or parent may be misinterpreted as threatening and so the response is one of defensiveness rather than cooperative connection. Other manifestations may include:

  • Defensiveness

  • Angry outbursts

  • A lack of emotional and behavioural control

  • Underlying stress felt within the body

  • Anxiety challenges

  • Trauma challenges

  • Auditory sensitivities

  • Socially disengaged

If you, or your child experience the above challenges often then I would encourage the Safe and Sound Protocol prior to initiating ADHD Coaching. This will significantly reduce the stress, soothe the autonomic nervous system, thus enabling the client to more fully receive future ADHD coaching sessions.

 

What is the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)?

SSP was developed by the neuro-developmental scientist, Dr. Stephen Porges and is based on his world renowned research into Polyvagal Theory. At the most basic level the theory outlines the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and social-emotional processes.

SSP is a non-invasive, five day, home based, acoustic intervention specifically designed to reduce neurological stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing the capacity for social engagement and emotional resilience.

By calming the physiological and emotional state, a neurological doorway may be opened for improving social connection and communication and thus lead towards more successful coaching, therapy and learning outcomes.

The SSP is a research-based therapy which is showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties

  • Auditory sensitivities

  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges

  • Inattention

  • Stressors that impact adversely on social engagement

How am I involved?

 

If you interested in SSP, you can book a free half hour consultation here where I can discuss the intervention with you and see if it is the right intervention for you or your child.

If you decide to go ahead I would initially send you some questionnaires to complete so we have a base from which to work from.

 

I will be on hand at each session to supervise the sessions via a video conference call. It is paramount that each session takes place in an environment where you or your child feels 'safe'. If you prefer email, please do contact me if you need anymore information - richard@adhdcoaching.org