Hooray! Summer is here!
School is out, the pace is slower. Your summer may feel full with family plans and memory making but there is also a sense of freedom and space that make it the perfect time to calm our children’s nervous system.
If your children are leaving the school year feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, overstimulated, depressed and anxious, this is a cue to us from their nervous system that it is out of the safe and connected zone known as the Ventral Vagal parasympathetic state. The Safe and Sound Program can help maximize that summer safe zone and get them back on track!
What is SSP?
The Safe and Sound Program is an acoustic program that has a global effect on the brain and nervous system via the inner ear. It is an evidence-based therapeutic tool designed by Dr. Stephen Porges, a world renowned researcher and neuroscientist, to reset the nervous system. As their brain and body connection becomes more organized and less stressed as the program progresses, they can better process and interact with the world around them and become more confident, happy and engaged.
This practical application of the Polyvagal theory is designed to reduce sound sensitivities and improve auditory processing, behavioral state regulation and social engagement behaviors through specially filtered music by specific layers of musical prosody.
By listening to the music in the Safe and Sound Protocol, in an organized and tailored process, it will bring your child’s nervous system back to the calm and connected safe zone.
MereAnn and Carrie will be there step by step along the way to help gently and safely guide your child back into the physiological state that is conducive to improved stress resilience, improved emotional and behavioral regulation by allow the brain to pattern organized thought and increase the ability to process information taken in, and appropriately decide what to do to convey thoughts and feelings outwardly.
The Safe and Sound Program focuses on the impact of behavior based on what is happening within the body and nervous system regarding a sense of safety, danger or perceived threat. SSP is simple and effective. The auditory program is broken down into segments over a personalized timeframe. For our summer SSP program, this will be 8 weeks in length, customized to each member.
Benefits of SSP
By helping your child access this new grounded state of mind, things can shift for your child.
You can see changes and improvements if your child struggles with the following (and more!)
Behavioral regulation and resilience
Inattention and focus
Physical coordination and balance
Stressors that impact social engagement
Who is Stephen Porges?
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.
What the Summer SSP Program Offers
July 2nd - August 28th
Unlimited access to the Safe & Sound Protocol customized to fit the needs of your child.
Themed weekly Zoom check-ins for Q+A, problem solving, inspiration and connection with other parents
Special workshop on attachment and regulation
Essential oil blend to regulate the nervous system
(4) needle-free acupuncture treatments (Shonishin) customized for your child and their nervous system regulation
Gentle acupressure support via adhesive Ear Seeds
1:1 support (text/email) with your SSP guide, Carrie or MereAnn
MereAnn Reid and Carrie Crimin are both certified and trained providers in offering the Safe and Sound Protocol, an acoustic vagus nerve stimulator, based on the Polyvagal Theory by Dr. Stephen Porges. Through this auditory program, we are able to help clients access a physiological state conducive to well-being, positive engagement with others, and organized learning. SSP also supports existing therapies that may already be in place for your child.
By blending our expertise and experience, we can support your child and your family to get back on track in a fun and engaging way.
Cost: $895 for all 8 weeks or divided into 2 payments
Email for more information:
Carrie Crimin, RN, L.Ac. • firstname.lastname@example.org
MereAnn Reid, MA, LPC • email@example.com
MereAnn Reid is a child therapist and parent coach. She’s the founder of Raising Family Resilience, a parenting series focused on easing transitions, boosting cooperation, and the brain science behind BIG behaviors. She loves supporting smart, resourceful parents who want to feel more connected to their kids—without losing themselves! More about MereAnn’s work: FamilyZest.com
Carrie is a pediatric nurse and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in pediatrics and families. She is the owner of Little Owl Medicine, littleowlmedicine.com, a private practice, and serves families with a wide range of health needs. She loves integrating multiple modalities and blending Eastern and Western Medicine to provide the best outcomes for children and their families.