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Free Evidence-based intervention to decrease defensive responses, auditory hypersensitivites and social engagement.

Posted on 5 April 2018

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Date(s) 9 July 12:00pm until 1 October 12:00pm
Organising Agency Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre

The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an evidence-based intervention designed to decrease defensive behaviours, anxiety, and improve social engagement. The SSP is unique from traditional intervention approaches in that it addresses the underlying nervous system that supports behaviour versus working on the symptoms or behaviours themselves. Preliminary published results indicate improved communication, social skills, auditory processing, and decreased auditory hypersensitivities and anxiety with children with ASD. The SSP is currently registered in 4 clinical trials across Australia; USA, and Canada. This is a clinical intervention study aimed to expand our understanding of the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms and behaviours impacted by the SSP intervention. Who can participate? Children aged 8-14 years with a confirmed ASD diagnosis Typically Developing children aged 8-14 years (Control group) What is involved? 3 separate face-to-face social and behavioural assessments, over a period of two months 1 week of intervention sessions – one hour for five consecutive sessions The auditory intervention involves listening to filtered/modified music through headphones Benefits of Participation Your child may improve in areas noted under existing evidence. Entered to win a Dreampad valued at $279 (evidence-based tool to improve sleep) donated by Integrated Listening Australia


Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, LaTrobe University
Plenty Road & Kingsbury Drive


Contact Name Joanne McIntyre
Contact Phone 0413738958
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