Sensory - Hearing

Hearing (Hypersensitive)

 

May have difficulty blocking out sounds and background noise and may struggle to concentrate.

 

  1. Speak in a low and quiet voice.

  2. Create a quiet area that they can work in or retreat to when needed.

  3. Find quiet places to visit.

  4. Avoid crowded places or busy times.

  5. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out noise.

  6. Using materials in rooms to dampen down sounds (floors, walls etc).

  7. Shut doors and windows (if appropriate) to block outside noise.

  8. Creating a screened workspace/office and position away from windows to reduce noise.

  9. Reduce noise if appropriate.  Try and keep background noise to a minimum.

  10. Playing music/white noise that they enjoy may mask background noise.

  11. Use distraction such as preferred activity to minimise overload.

 

May be sensitive to loud noises.

 

  1. Speak in a low and quiet voice.

  2. Create a quiet area that they can work in or retreat to when needed.

  3. Find quiet places to visit.

  4. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out noise.

  5. Warn them if a loud noise is about to happen i.e. fire alarm.

  6. Using materials in rooms to dampen down sounds (floors, walls etc).

  7. Reduce noise if appropriate.  Try and keep background noise to a minimum.

  8. Try not to made sudden noises i.e. avoid slamming doors, clap quietly.

  9. Use distraction such as preferred activity to minimise overload.

                  

May react badly to unexpected noises i.e. dog barking.

 

  1. Warn them if a loud noise is about to happen i.e. fire alarm.

  2. Shut doors and windows (if appropriate) to block outside noise.

  3. Try not to made sudden noises i.e. avoid slamming doors, clap quietly.

  

Certain sounds and frequencies may be amplified.

 

  1. Speak in a low and quiet voice.

  2. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out noise.

  3. Try not to made sudden noises i.e. avoid slamming doors, clap quietly.

 

Dislikes being in large groups.

 

  1. Find quiet places to visit.

  2. Avoid crowded places or busy times.

  3. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out noise.

  4. Use distraction such as preferred activity to minimise overload.

 

May cover ears.

 

  1. Speak in a low and quiet voice.

  2. Create a quiet area that they can work in or retreat to when needed.

  3. Find quiet places to visit.

  4. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out noise.

  5. Using materials in rooms to dampen down sounds (floors, walls etc).

  6. Shut doors and windows (if appropriate) to block outside noise.

  7. Creating a screened workspace/office and position away from windows to reduce noise.

  8. Reduce noise if appropriate.  Try and keep background noise to a minimum.

  9. Playing music/white noise that they enjoy may mask background noise.

  10. Try not to made sudden noises i.e. avoid slamming doors, clap quietly.

  11. Use distraction such as preferred activity to minimise overload.

 

May hum or make vocal noises to block out other sounds.

 

  1. Shut doors and windows (if appropriate) to block outside noise.

  2. Playing music/white noise that they enjoy may mask background noise.

  3. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out noise.

  4. Creating a screened workspace/office and position away from windows to reduce noise.

  5. Reduce noise if appropriate.  Try and keep background noise to a minimum.

 

May hear sounds distorted and muddled up.

 

  1. Speak in a low and quiet voice.

  2. Headphones, Earplugs or Ear Defenders may help block out and distorted noise.

  3. Using materials in rooms to dampen down sounds (floors, walls etc).

  4. Shut doors and windows (if appropriate) to block outside noise.

  5. Creating a screened workspace/office and position away from windows to reduce noise.

  6. Use distraction such as preferred activity to minimise overload.

 

Hearing (Hyposensitive)

 

May enjoy loud places and crowds.

 

  1. Find places that they are able to make lots of noise without bothering others.

  2. Find busy, crowded places that they may enjoy.

  3. Build the things they like into their daily routine.

 

May enjoy making noise i.e. banging doors.

 

  1. Find places that they are able to make lots of noise without bothering others.

  2. Make noise together through singing, banging drums etc.

  3. Build the things they like into their daily routine.

  4. They may enjoy electric drum kits with headphones.

 

May speak loudly.

 

  1. Find places that they are able to make lots of noise without bothering others.

  2. Use a sound meter to show how loudly or softly they are speaking.

  3. Use a voice 5-point scale to show them how loudly they are talking and to show them which volume should be used in the situation they are in.

 

Likes the volume to be loud.

 

  1. Find places that they are able to make lots of noise without bothering others.

  2. Headphones may help if they want to listen to music loudly.

 

May make vocal noises or hum constantly.

 

  1. Find places that they are able to make lots of noise without bothering others.

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