Wants constant noise.

Sabrina - posted on 05/10/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 4 yr old within the past 6 months always wants the TV or radio on otherwise he says he is scared. I was wondering if he wanted this noise to cancel out the rest of the noises of the house he is hearing. I would hate to deny him this if that is why vs just wanting it on. He doesn't watch it, many times he is off playing with Thomas, but still wants the background noise and will stop playing when he notices I have turned it off. Any advice is appreciated!

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Yeah brought it up with the hubby, we've been having issues with suppertime since we moved. At the old house there was no fan in his room thats the only thing different and he had a meltdown at bedtime every night, here its not a struggle, yet suppertime at the old house was fine but here its a constant battle. Well at the old place the layout was different so we could watch tv while we had supper, here we can't. So considering all this we're going to try having the radio or the fan going during suppertime to see if that helps him focus on eating dinner here's hoping it works! Thank you again to the OP I know you were just looking for support but you may very well have saved me some sanity, new perspective gotta love it, thank you thank you thank you!

Janet - posted on 05/15/2011

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Yup, my daughter gets really irritated when I sing along, I think its because it breaks into what she's trying to focus on. I simply shrug and let her be, because at that point its obvious to me that she's not listening to the music for enjoyment as the rest of us do, its a function in calming herself. And sometimes you just need to let that be! :D

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My son is this way and lol you know what I never thought of it like that, he is the exact same way though he wants the tv on but wont watch it most times, or music playing but gets irritated when I sing along, he's started asking for the fan to be on in his room which I thought was annoying because its so noisy but looking at it this way that does make a lot of sense. Gonna bring this up with his therapist and see what she says, thank you!

Becky - posted on 05/14/2011

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My son is the same way - he is 5 and has had sensory issues since he was about 2. We keep music on at all times in his bedroom and in the family room. Quiet classical music used to work well but lately he's been requesting the Beatles - he has good taste at least!

Janet - posted on 05/14/2011

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My daughters are the same way - My youngest needs the TV on when she's outside playing (yes.. outside.. ) and will stop playing if she doesn't hear it. I think it gives her something to focus on other than all the sounds out there. My oldest also likes to have the radio on REALLY loud when we're in the car - Again, I think its so she has something to drown out the rest... What we tend to do is gradually make it lower until you can turn it off. Sometimes it works, and keeps working for a while, and then sometimes they just have 'off' days where they'll need it again.. Hope this helps and good luck!

Melody - posted on 05/12/2011

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My daughter always wanted the fan on , even in the winter. It gave her white noise and even the shadow it casts makes her feel more centered.When she was younger , we learned that a sound machine worked well for her, she needed it especially to be able to sleep. She chose the train track sound. You may want to see if there is an audio retraining specialist in your area, it helped my daughter alot!

Diane - posted on 05/11/2011

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I also have two children who like to have music going or the tv on all the time. They get it from me, as I dont like complete quiet, and if I am awake, then there is some noise in the background. I wouldnt be concerned about it, as my children play quite happily without being glued to the tv, watching only what interests them and ignoring the rest. My children were raised in a house where there was always some noise (even at night, as I like to leave the tv on all night), and they are not really comfortable without it. Although when they play outside, they dont seem to mind.

It is definitely a comfort thing. And yes it does block out the other noises. That is the reason I like the tv on at night, so I cant hear any noises, as they tend to keep me awake. And only one of my children is autistic, yet both have the same love of the background noise.

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