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You may have noticed your child or student does not like loud, sudden noises, or struggles in different environments because of the noise. Today I want to share some of the best activities for the auditory system.
What is the Auditory System?
This includes hearing, listening, interpreting, localizing sounds, and being able to filter and selectively attend to auditory stimuli.
If a child is struggling with auditory input may show some of the following sensitivities:
- Sensitive to loud, sudden sounds
- Distracted by background noises
- Does not speak as well as others their age
- Has a significant history of ear infections
- Covers their ears often to block sound
- Asks others to repeat what they said
- Has trouble with phonics and learning to read
- Unusually high volume or low volume in their voice
- Often seems to ignore parents or teachers
Activities and Strategies for the Auditory System
When you are addressing auditory sensitivities with a child or student, these are some of the best ones to try.
As always, if you have a concern about any child or student's development
- Use headphones or earplugs to block out background noises
- Simplify language when giving instructions to your child or in the classroom
- Give a verbal or visual warning before loud sounds (like fire drills) to cover ears.
- Try Therapeutic Listening programs – this is specialized training that Occupational Therapists and Assistants can get and use with students on their caseload. So you would need to see an OT in order to use this.
- Include a rain stick in your sensory space or room
- Musical instruments such as shakers or learning to play an instrument
- Calming, soft music to encourage regulation and self-calming
- Use a white noise machine, fan, etc.
- Play clapping games
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