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Hearing / Auditory Sensitivity
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People who have auditory hypersensitivity may also experience auditory sensory overload.
The brain can becomes overloaded by certain sounds or the amount of noise and find it more difficult to concentrate.
This means that sounds that would not typically be perceived as irritating > are perceived by as too loud or difficult to tolerate.
The brain may have difficulty processing different sounds and will trigger a fight, flight or freeze response. This might lead to your child being dysregulated, which may appear in the form of:
Difficulty paying attention
Meltdowns or Tantrums
Hyper or Overly Excited
This does not substitute medical advice or an official Occupational Therapy Evaluation or Consultation.
This is strictly for educational & informational purposes.
Step 2: What to do
1. Give Warnings
Let them know exactly what is going to happen if there is going to music playing, a lot of people talking, people yelling, machines going off, etc.
2. Headphones or EarPlugs
During situations when your child may experience Hearing Sensory Overload, Give your child the option of wearing headphones or earplugs. Maybe keep a pair in your car or purse to have on you - in case of an emergency (Meltdown or Hyperactivity).
3. Simplify Language (Calm Voice)
When your child appears signs of Hearing Sensory Overload, use as few words as possible in a calm tone to help them not get dysregulated.
4. Provide Sound Breaks
Throughout the day, figure out what times of day your child is most dysregulated and provide sound breaks (alone time or allow them to wear headphones or earplugs) PRIOR to help them stay more regulated throughout the day
5. Deep Pressure Massages or Heavy Work Before and After
DEEP PRESSURE IS CALMING. Similar to #4, add deep pressure or heavy work into your daily routine. Example: Deep Pressure Massages in the mornings or nights, Weighted Vests or Compression Clothing when they are in places with a lot of sound stimulation.
I talk more about this in my video: 5 Therapy Activities to be doing Daily
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