Auditory Sensitivity Toolkit

Is your child with special needs sensitive to noise? Do certain noises trigger a negative response from your child?

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn how to prepare an auditory sensitivity toolkit that includes intervention strategies to help your child with special needs cope with auditory sensitivities.

Oftentimes, auditory sensitivities are a response to overstimulation in your child’s environment. This makes it difficult for your child to filter out distractions and focus on the sights and sounds that are of immediate importance.

The components of the toolkit may include:

  • Opportunities in your child’s day for sensory breaks
  • Noise cancelling device(s) such as headphones or ear plugs
  • Preferred soft music or white noise to play in the background at home
  • Chew items for your child to use in times of high stress

Include your child in the decision making process to help determine what sensory strategies should go in their toolkit. You may need to adjust and try new things if the initial toolkit is not helping.

If you have ongoing concerns about your child’s sensitivity to sounds, you may want to consult with your pediatrician who may refer you to an audiologist or occupational therapist for further support.

Learn how to prepare an auditory sensitivity toolkit for your child with special needs in the YouTube video below or by visiting the corresponding special education resource page. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.