For auditory defensiveness, the brushing and joint compressions & Therapeutic Listening Program should help, but in the meantime try to give them the filtering that their brain is not accomplishing by the following:
1. Limit extraneous auditory input from the hallway by closing your door or windows, cover the loud speaker with material to filter down the loud surprise factor. As much as possible, prepare the child for bells, announcements, etc.
2. Use headphones that cover the entire ear to help the child filter out extraneous background noises, white noise in the room often helps such as a fan or static. Or play white noise, calming music, or Mozart or Chants into headphones.
Sometimes ear muffs or the old large ear phones that cover the entire ear are enough to filter out some noises.
*If an FM system or auditory trainer is available through SPED dept. then this can help tremendously.
3. You can also play Mozart or Gregorian Chant music softly. Mozart is a neutral brain stimulant and stimulates more parts of the brain then any other music and Gregorian chant is calming and organizing and helps with the rhythm of reading as well.
4. Preferential seating at the front of the room, directly in front of the teacher.
5. Rugs, carpet, and even carpet or fabric on the walls and floors helps to decrease echo and extraneous noises. Remember the colors green and blue!
6. Chewing gum, sucking on water bottles, sour candies, gummy worms, fruit roll ups, crunchies all help to increase concentration on auditory.
7. Request an auditory processing evaluation, these children often have Cental Auditory Processing Disorders!
***Use ear phones or ear muffs (ones that cover the entire ear) to filter out excess noise, if this doesn't work then look at earphones from Sensory Comfort catalog that help to filter background noises. Treatment for auditory processing disorders helps this a lot too!
A Therapeutic Listening Program with Sensory Integration Treatment in clinic and a home program is the best treatment!
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