Earlier this year, Japanese researcher Hiroki Kawai and his team at Okayama University completed an exploratory pilot study evaluating the effectiveness of the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) in adults with autism (Kawai et al., 2023). In this study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the SSP was delivered to six participants over five consecutive days for 60 minutes each day. Features of social communication, cognition, sensory processing, and emotional and behavioral regulation were assessed before, one hour after, and one month after completion of the SSP Core program.
Of these features, the most significant improvements were observed in social awareness. Social awareness refers to an individual’s capacity to perceive social cues and understand the perspectives and intentions of others in social situations. It is largely influenced by sensory components, such as listening, sight, and touch (Goleman and Davidson, 2017).
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