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Safe & Sound Protocol

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based listening therapy designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation, and social engagement behaviors through filtered music.

As a practical application of Polyvagal Theory, the SSP acts as a non-invasive, acoustic vagal nerve stimulator, helping to retune the nervous system to better support connection, collaboration and resilience.

The SSP involves listening to specially filtered music through headphones alongside a provider in person or remotely. Suitable for children and adults, the SSP has demonstrated benefits for individuals with trauma, anxiety, sensory processing differences and more.

Polyvagal Theory: the Science of Feeling Safe

Developed by world-renowned researcher and Unyte’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Dr. Stephen Porges, Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, danger or life-threat can impact our behavior.

Understanding Polyvagal Theory gives us a scientific framework that can be applied through physiological, or “bottom-up” therapies, to help change and improve how we feel, think and connect with others.


Highlights of the Safe & Sound Protocol 

  • A 5-hour auditory intervention developed and patented by Dr. Stephen
    Porges, author of the Polyvagal Theory.
  • Designed to reduce sound sensitivity, and improve auditory processing and
    behavioral state regulation.
  • Activates the client’s social engagement system, helping to accelerate and
    enhance therapeutic outcomes.
  • Supports physiological state regulation, allowing for greater resilience.


Contact us today to learn how SSP can work for you.

  1. Email us at info@zierinstitute.com
  2. Call us at 402-933-2882
  3. Set up a FREE 15 min consult.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Meet our Therapists

As I continue to enhance my skills in supporting clients experiencing chronic nervous system dysregulation, it became evident that I should broaden my expertise in using more bottom-up interventions. My interests about the effects of trauma on individuals, their regulation, and relationships led me to explore Stephen Porges’ work, particularly Polyvagal Theory. After additional research, I encountered the listening therapy known as Safe and Sound Protocol, developed by Porges, and decided to delve further into this intervention option.

AZ+A determined that this intervention would be beneficial for our clients and provided me with the opportunity to become certified as a Safe and Sound provider. The training solidified in my mind that Safe and Sound would be a beneficial therapeutic tool to offer clients. I look forward to working with clients and families towards feeling more connected with themselves and others, experiencing a stronger capacity for regulation, and improving responses to stress.


Learn more about the UNYTE SSP program.


Think, feel, and connect better through nervous system regulation.


About Unyte: Unyte is a category-creating neuro-tech company with
proprietary, clinical-grade solutions and a loyal (and growing) provider
community of 3,000+ mental health and neurodevelopmental professionals
with a shared mission to help people become more aware, regulated, and
resilient so they can better respond to life’s challenges and live happier and
healthier lives.

Purpose: Unyte helps transform the lives of children and adults every day
through empowering therapists, educators, clinicians and healthcare providers
to guide their clients to feel better, think better, and connect better through
improved nervous system regulation.

Mission: Unyte’s mission is to empower every person to guide their nervous
system to be more aware, regulated and resilient so they can feel safe, happy
and healthy, and more effectively respond to life’s challenges.

Exploring Options

Find out how this protocol can help you and your family.


Individualized approach

We are here for you. If you have any additional questions or would like to understand more about our feeding program, please give us a call at 402-933-2882, email us, or schedule a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.

Do you work alongside other professionals and pediatricians?

Zier Institute takes a comprehensive approach to all of our services and partners with doctors, teachers, and other professionals to ensure the best solution for your child and family. A one size fits all feeding plan doesn’t exist. We welcome partnering with other professionals while working to find a treatment plan that is perfect for your family.

How long does it take?

Eating therapy results depend on the age of the child and the particular issues they have around feeding – sensory, physical, emotional, etc. Some may experience differences within a few days or the first week, while others need consistency over a longer period of time before everything begins to click.


What can we expect from working with you?

Before the initial consultation, Zier Institute sends intake forms that enable us to understand family dynamics and detailed information about your family activities, and current challenges with eating. We will then schedule an in-clinic or virtual consultation which leads to a personalized feeding therapy plan. Our 3-week plans include varying levels of support based on your family and child’s profile.


Why is feeding therapy important for my family?

Zier Institute brings a multi-disciplinary approach to creating feeding therapy for families. As board-certified occupational therapists, specializing in DIR/Floortime® therapy, our holistic methods focus not only on eating habits and sensory issues but rather the family dynamic during mealtime. In doing so, we are often able to determine eating plans and meal methods that help your child.

Ready to get started?

Call us at 402-933-2882, set up an appointment for a free consultation or email us today!