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My child is sensitive to loud noises.  What do I do?

My child is sensitive to loud noises. What do I do?

My child is sensitive to loud noises. What do I do? Many people have noise sensitivities.  I think about the constant buzz of fluorescent lights, or emergency sirens on the road, and understand that noise sensitivities can be almost anywhere.  For our children with noise sensitivities, it can be difficult...
My child has a problem with loud noises. Any recommendations?

My child has a problem with loud noises. Any recommendations?

Overcoming Noise Sensitivity in Children: A Complete Guide for Parents Noise sensitivity in children is a common yet often misunderstood issue that can lead to significant stress for both the child and their parents. Whether it's the sound of thunder, a vacuum cleaner, or even a dog barking, some children...
SPD Teaching Toolkit: Empowering Students with Sensory Processing Disorder

SPD Teaching Toolkit: Empowering Students with Sensory Processing Disorder

Creating an inclusive classroom that supports students with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is essential for their academic and social success. This comprehensive SPD Teaching Toolkit is designed to provide educators with practical tools and strategies that cater to the diverse needs of students with SPD. Each component of this toolkit...
SPD Sleep Guide: Essential Sleep Checklist for Kids with SPD

SPD Sleep Guide: Essential Sleep Checklist for Kids with SPD

SPD Sleep Guide: Essential Sleep Checklist for Kids with SPD For children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), winding down and transitioning into sleep can be a significant challenge. The intricacies of SPD mean that usual sleep advice might not always apply, as these children may experience sensory information more intensely...
Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition)

Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition)

Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition) Here are 25 Toys and Tools for Neurodivergent Teenagers & Adults Fidget Spinners - These small toys are designed to keep fingers busy and provide sensory stimulation through spinning motion. Tangle Toys - Similar to fidget spinners,...

Collection: AUDITORY PROCESSING

Auditory Sensory Toys: A Symphony of Play and Development

In the world of sensory toys, those that specifically target the auditory senses play a unique role in child development. They are designed to enhance the perception and processing of sounds, which is crucial to learning language, maintaining focus, and understanding the environment. But while they are educational, auditory sensory toys are also about fun and aural exploration.

 

Rhythm Instruments

When we think of auditory sensory toys, often the first things that come to mind are rhythm instruments like drums and tambourines, along with toys that produce different sounds, such as chimes, bells, and whistles. These toys can stimulate various parts of the brain, encouraging musical, gross motor, and fine motor skills.

Sound Puzzles

Sound puzzles are another category of auditory sensory toys which provide an interactive experience. Through these, children can learn about cause and effect as they place puzzle pieces into their corresponding slots and are rewarded with different sounds, often related to the theme of the puzzle, whether it's animals or musical instruments.

 

Auditory Sensory Toys 

For children with sensory processing issues, auditory sensory toys can also play a therapeutic role. By providing controlled, predictable sound stimuli, they can help children learn to modulate their response to noise, aiding in the overall sensory integration process.

In educational settings, these toys can be used to introduce young ones to the concepts of rhythm, pattern recognition, and following directions, all through the child's natural inclination to play and explore their environment.

Auditory sensory toys are not just for children, though. With the rise of the fidget toy movement for adults in workplace environments, there's a growing interest in providing sensory stimulants to reduce stress and maintain focus. While the actual toys may be different, the principle of providing tactile and auditory stimuli to enhance concentration and promote a sense of calm remains the same.

In conclusion, auditory sensory toys are an integral part of a well-rounded play experience. They offer learning opportunities, help with sensory regulation, and can even serve as stress relievers. As we learn more about the different ways in which children and adults process and enjoy sensory input, the range and sophistication of these toys continue to evolve, creating a harmonious blend of play and development.