Too loud! Too loud, Mommy! This phrase is often heard in our home and accompanied by yelling, crying, and hands held over ears. The same child often loves to create a noise level much higher than the one that bothered him by yelling, banging, and testing the range of his voice. What I’ve learned recently is this behavior is linked to his auditory sensory needs, and I can help him adjust and get those needs met. If your child has behaviors you long to understand, I urge to join in during Sensory Awareness Month as the #ProjectSensory team of bloggers shares posts about Decoding Everyday Kid Behaviors. Every child has sensory needs, and you can help them meet those needs with simple solutions.
I’m no expert, just a mama trying to figure out how to meet the needs of her children. If your child fears loud noises, creates them way too much, or both (like mine) there are ways to help. If ear covering, overreacting, yelling, or fear of loud noises are the norm in your house, I feel your pain. Here are a few ideas we are trying:
1) Warn the child before something loud or abrasive happens and create a system for regular occurances. I make sneaky veggie smoothies for the kids several times a week. The blender makes the Bear LOSE IT. We’ve worked out a system where he watches me load the blender and then gets to a comfortable distance, covers his ears, and gives me a thumbs up. When he is ready, I turn on the blender. I do it in short bursts to help him better tolerate it. Each time we repeat the thumbs up process to make sure he is ready. This quick solution has made a HUGE difference in how our mornings go.
2) Create space for quiet, for loud noise, or both. If Bear is wanting to make noise, we turn on music and get out our instruments. He bangs the drum while the Pearl Girl and I play the shaky eggs. He has the freedom to be as loud as he wants without getting shushed. Giving him this space to make noise helps him to be more in control the rest of the time. We also set aside quiet time for a break from sound with reading and quiet activities. Head phones, ear plugs, soothing music, and noise machines can also be very helpful for many kids. I’ve found that turning on a soothing Pandora station can change the mood for our whole house.
3) Practice listening skills. Right now we are working on following sets of 3 directions. I will ask Bear to do 3 simple tasks and repeat them to me. He checks them off out loud as he does them and we are both less frustrated. This is really helping me (maybe more than him). His listening skills are improving and my frustration is lessening.
To learn more about the auditory system, read this post from Lemon Lime Adventures. Dayna is a veteran teacher and mama of 3 on a mission to help parents, caregivers, and teachers meet the sensory needs of every child. She created Project Sensory to help get resources and tools to parents and caregivers of children with Sensory Processing Disorder as well any parent or caregiver who wants to help meet their child’s sensory needs and succeed at home and at school.
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What every day kid behavior are you trying to decode? Stay tuned for the rest of the series by following the #SensoryFix hash tag and visiting the main page here.