Parents of Autism report parent trauma, hypervigilance, or walking on eggshells due to their child’s behaviors related to Autism and Asperger’s. Safe and Sound Protocol, SSP intervention, calms parent and student nervous systems.
What parent has not been caught in a battle of wills with an emotionally dysregulated child or teen and lost their own cool?
Parents and caregivers with neurodiverse family members often report extremely high levels of stress as they support their loved one with Autism, Asperger’s, and behavioral health challenges. One element of parent therapy or parent coaching that is often neglected is supporting caregivers in regulating their own nervous systems.
It can be difficult to stay calm in the face of a dysregulated son or daughter with Autism or other needs. When a parent is walking on eggshells with a hypervigilant nervous system that is on high alert, always anticipating a meltdown or aggression, it’s even more difficult to remain calm. It’s hard enough to stay calm with the everyday typical parenting issues and all the more challenging to stay collected when faced with big behaviors.
How Safe and Sound Protocol Helps
Neuro-diverse students and young adults often present with behaviors that are scary and unexpected. The typical parenting books don’t have strategies for these big behaviors. In fact, many parents try every strategy and report that nothing works.
The Safe and Sound Protocol is a great tool to assist parents in managing their own emotions when they face stressful situations and when typical parenting tips aren’t helping.
Our SSP-trained practitioner, Sonja Martin, has this to say. “Calm and connected caregivers provide safe spaces for their family members to develop their own emotional regulation skills.”
What is SSP?
SSP, Safe and Sound Protocol, is an evidence-based therapeutic tool. It is a non-invasive process that can be completed virtually in the comfort of a home. It assists a parent in shifting their own nervous system to greater calm. SSP is designed to reset the nervous system to a state of safety. Learn about the unique listening protocol here. SSP can also be helpful for children and teens and is indicated for trauma, sensory processing issues, anxiety, and more. Calm parenting can help a child or teen with Autism to shift to greater calm.
History of SSP
SSP has its roots in Polyvagal Theory. In fact, SSP is described here as the “only practical application of Polyvagal Theory.”
Developed by researcher and author Stephen Porges, SSP is based on the concept of physiological safety. One of our favorite quotes by Dr. Porges has this to say about safety. “If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safe.”
Calm and connected caregivers provide safe spaces for their family members to develop their own emotional regulation skills. The Safe and Sound Protocol is a great tool we offer caregivers to manage their own emotions in stressful situations.
Some parents report not feeling safe with their own child’s behaviors. Yet, safety is a basic human need.
Are you ready for your own felt sense of safety? Interested in showing up and providing more safety for your loved one with Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing issues, or other neurobiological challenges?
You deserve to feel safe. We provide support for your sense of hypervigilance and overwhelm. SSP can help restore your own calm and personal safety.
Are you ready to improve your nervous system regulation? Want to feel better? Think better? Connect better?
Gain a better understanding of the options that are available to parents to better navigate the needs of students and young adults with autism and Asperger’s, ADHD, and more.
Get Support with Autism and Asperger’s in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Across the United States
At Morgan Guidance, you can receive support with finding the best boarding school option for your situation. Our team of mental health care navigators is here to support you and help ensure you receive the best care to fit your needs. Our services are available in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and throughout the United States. If you are interested in creating your path forward, let’s connect:
- Contact us or book a complimentary consultation
- Talk with one of our educational consultants
- Create a plan so your loved one reaches their potential in school and in life!
Other Educational & Therapeutic Services we Offer in the US
In addition to Safe and Sound Protocol, we offer Health and Wellbeing Coaching for parents and grandparents of special needs children and adults. We offer guidance when needing therapeutic boarding schools for Autism and Asperger’s. We also offer support for long-term planning for individuals with ASD. Mental health patient advocacy and ASD transition planning for GAP Year.
Elaine Morgan, is the founder of Morgan Guidance Service. She is an experienced Educational and Career Counselor, Patient Advocate, and Health and Wellbeing Coach trained by Duke Health. Elaine specializes in assisting parents, guardians, and caregivers seeking the best private schools for autism. Elaine combines her years of professional experience and her personal experience as a parent to empower families. Schedule a consultation to explore the benefits of health and well-being coaching for yourself or Educational Consulting for a son or daughter. Our work will be tailored to your needs. Our mission is to create a plan for your loved one with Autism while prioritizing your own well-being as the caregiver.