Safe and Sound Protocol
Regulate your entire family from the brain-stem up.
  • Are you running out of patience?
  • Is your nervous system fried?
  • Does your child struggle to regulate his emotions?
  • Does your child struggle in social situations?
  • Did your child come to you through adoption or foster care or have early childhood trauma?
  • Does your child take a long time to process what you say? Or struggle to communicate?
  • Does your child have noise sensitivity or other sensory processing struggles?
  • Does your family struggle with sleep?
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) employs a practical, bottom-up approach to help individuals regulate their nervous system more consistently and independently. Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, by calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more success with other therapy modalities.
Feel Better
Feel more safe, calm, grounded, and resilient.
Feel less irritable, anxious, and overwhelmed.
Think Better
Think with more clarity, attention, and creativity.
Be less rigid, disorganized, and distractible.
Connect Better
Connect more openly, genuinely, and wholly.
Be less guarded, distant, and oppositional.

The SSP is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just a couple months in the following areas:

  • Social and emotional difficulties, including social anxiety
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Speech and language
  • Anxiety and trauma related challenges
  • Behavior organization
  • Stressors that impact social engagement
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypervigilance and dissociation
  • Panic attacks
  • Chronic irritability and reactivity
  • Sleep and digestive patterns
  • Chronic pain and inflammatory conditions
  • Hyperarousal that affects therapeutic progress
What you hear, and how you hear it, influences how the body responds.
Divider Text
What others are saying about SSP...

I used to get angry easily when I was anxious. After SSP, I am way less angry and irritable.

~Tabby, Adoptive Mom

About Your Provider

Melissa Corkum helps adoptive parents find brain-based solutions for challenging behaviors so they can laugh more and yell less. She and her husband, Patrick, have six kids by birth and adoption and a super-cute granddaughter. Melissa is also an adoptee.

When working with families during the Safe and Sound Protocol, Melissa combines her expertise as a Certified Safe and Sound Practitioner, Essential Oil Specialist to bring families a powerful reset for their nervous system. During the protocol, families are also supported through our Reclaim Compassion coaching community for a complete family transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age?
With the new pathways, SSP can be used for any age.

How long is the protocol?
We will design a schedule that best fits your child and your family.

When will I start seeing changes?
Some users experience changes right away, but changes can continue to occur 6 to 8 weeks after the protocol is completed.

Is this a one-time protocol?
Many clients benefit from ongoing therapeutic listening using the new Balance pathway. We'll talk about length of treatment during your consult.

Do I have to be local to you to work with you?
No. The protocol is delivered through an app on your smartphone or tablet.

May multiple people in our house complete the protocol?
Yes! We can talk about what that looks like during your free consultation.

Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2023 Adoption Wise (formerly The Adoption Connection) All Rights Reserved.