Today my mother in-law Debbie, who is also an Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in the school system and hand clinic continues to share about sensory processing disorder or SPD. Today we are looking at auditory, visual and hypersensitivities.
Are you or someone you know easily distracted by background noises? Or work with a child that is always distracted by sounds and asking “what’s that?” all the time and not being able to focus on what they need to be doing? These could be symptoms of auditory sensory issues.
Auditory Sensitivities in Sensory Processing Disorder:
Hearing/interpreting, localize sounds, discriminating between sounds.
- Sensitive to loud sudden sounds
- Distracted by background noises
Solutions for Parents & Teachers:
- Headphones or ear plugs to block out background noises
- Simplify language when giving instructions to the class
- Give a verbal warning before loud sounds, like fire drills to cover ears.
- Therapeutic Listening programs.
Visual Sensitivities in Sensory Processing Disorder
Can prevent a child from focusing and completing task. Visual sensitivities can affect acuity, ocular motor, visual motor, and visual perception.
- Sensitive to sunlight or fluorescent lights
- Over distracted by classroom wall decorations
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Difficulty tracking across a page while reading
- Difficulty copying from chalkboard
Solutions for teachers and parents:
- Decrease wall decorations
- Adjust light in classroom
- Table easel
- Window guide for reading
- Copy from page or book at close range instead of chalkboard
- Colored overlays across pages while reading
- Wicking around edge to provide tactile cues while coloring
- Screen and monitors at proper height
- Play catch to help with eye-hand coordination
You can also read the other posts in this series:
- What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
- Ideas for Visual & Auditory Sensitivities
- Ideas for Oral, Tactile, Olfactory, Proprioceptive & Vestibular Sensitivities
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Disclaimer: I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. The advice in these tips is not a replacement for medical advice from a physician or your pediatrician. Please consult their advice if you suspect any medical or developmental issues with your child. These tips do not replace the relationship between therapist and client in a one on one treatment session with a individualized treatment plan based on their professional evaluation.
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