Signs of Auditory Defensiveness
Auditory defensiveness is an over sensitivity to sounds in the environment. These children hear sounds louder than normal. They may have a flight or fright or freeze reaction to sudden sounds or loud sounds.
Children with auditory defensiveness can present with some or all of the following symptoms:
Seems unsettled or distressed in loud environments or crowds.
Frequently cover their ears to sounds that other children tolerate.
Are bothered by noises made by things like the vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, etc.
Avoids activities that have loud environments such as parties, ballgames, indoor music and movies.
Possible language difficulties are often evident as well.
In OT sessions we will do vibration massage mats and neck massagers with sensory calming activities to help the child get used to vibration on their neck and near the ears to help with low frequency bone conduction defensiveness. Therapeutic deep pressure brushing protocols will be used and shown for home use, for hair cell high frequency sound defensiveness.
These are other strategies to help children with auditory processing issues in the classroom.
A Therapeutic Listening Program with Sensory Integration Treatment in clinic and a home program is the best treatment!
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