Of Course It’s Loud – It’s a Circus!
I used to see other little kids running around with these headphones on and I had no idea what was going on. Well, I figured they had some type of hearing related issue. I really had no idea. It turns out it was mostly related to sensory processing disorders and/or kiddos with autism. But, I didn’t know what I didn’t know at the time.
Hermits get to avoid loud noises!
So, truth be told, even after all four kids we didn’t see too much of the sensory processing issues as they related to sound until much later on in our caregiving journey. I think our daughter was about 3 when we first noticed how much she disliked loud sounds. Admittedly, I was a little bit surprised since she was often the one that was SO LOUD.
But, we didn’t get out of the house much in those first years. We had four kiddos, two in diapers, and our daughter was a runner. The baby had to be carried. It was just a crazy escapade. I also happen to be somewhat of a hermit and work from home. So I think I just got kind of lucky really. Until I stopped working out of the home all the time and my husband forced me to get my butt out of the house and participate in our oldest daughters sport events.
Well, turns out loud stuff happens at sporting events. Like all the time. And, luckily, it wasn’t the entire event that bothered Zoe, it was just the giant loud buzzers that drove her bananas. We were not clueless that it might happen, since she had a similar reaction at the fireworks on the 4th of July, but I am pretty sure we were not totally prepared when our smiling happy feeling good little angle screamed her head off and collapsed into the bleachers with her coat over her head. But, alas, this is our life.
Giant Coats for the Performance
She figured out that she could cover her ears anytime she started to hear the terrible sound, and that helped a lot. But hey, life is a circus, there will be noises. We can’t avoid them. So, we thought about the headphones, you know the ones that I started talking about at the start of blog post. Well, yeah – the sensitivity thing isn’t just for sound. Turns out the kid doesn’t like anything touching her head either. But, we manage. No headphones and large coats that fit over heads are our style!
Help is on the Way
So you know the entire reason that I do the blogs are to help others get resources they need. So here is a link for pink headphones and another one for blue ones! Woohoo! And just for fun, here is a great eBook on the Mozart Effect – which talks all about how to use sound for healing purposes!
Thank you so much,
The Reluctant Ringmaster, Jackie Schwabe