ideas for play LO with severe auditory sensitivty, still waiting diagnosis

Denise - posted on 09/26/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ok, our oldest, Ella is 2 years old and now we have to wait EXTRA long for diagnostic testing as the diagnostics unit lost ourpaperwork..grr.. but I digress..



She is a pretty aactive little girl, and is certainly easier to engage these days but am wondering if anyone else out there has ideas for "interactive" or "social play" or toys etc that might inspire such... she is a tough nut to crack!



We recently finished a sensory profile on her and they figured out she is -2SD (stabdard deviations) on the auditory side of things so she doesn't tolerate crowds and noise well... and if she is stressed it can really set her off...



This has of course inspired us to do ANOTHER overhaul of her toys..



She does have a younger sister, Amelia who is 1... so we have to try and keep that in mind with any changes but Ame so far is not showing any signs of the same... and is pretty much a happy clam playing with anything :P



We have some wooden puzzles which have been fantastic, and she loves playing with the ball...both our girls are above the 97th percentile for height so its been hard trying to find toys that appeal to her vestibular tendencies ie: rocking horse or riding car... so anyone who knows of something that has been a hit would be a lifesaver!



I am thinking wooden alphabet magnets.. and revisitting finger painting but really need to add to the repetoire.. the big trick is she is only sometimes tolerant of her sister and VERY rarely will play when her sister is involved.... am wondering if there are games/ toys that might help with that...

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Darcee - posted on 09/27/2012

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If she loves playing with a ball, you might try a balloon. My son sounds similar to your daughter and he still loves playing with balls and balloons (easy to catch and hit). Swings and slides are also great if you have a yard or a playground nearby. Now that kids are in school, our playgrounds are usually quiet.

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Darcee - posted on 09/28/2012

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Yes, my son is VERY visual. Even with is auditory sensitivity, he absolutely loves video games. I get him to play with his brother instead of by himself (my kids are 5 and 7 - a bit older than yours).and I really have to monitor how much they're playing and kick them off! When he was younger, he used to sit on my lap and watch Baby Einstein video. There's lots of visual stimulation in them and I would talk to him and reinforce verbally what he was seeing. He loved the music in them - it's mostly very soothing and soft - and I think he learned a lot from them about the names of things. Because of his various delays, he's not very good at puzzles and gets frustrated with them, but we keep trying as it's a skill he needs. I just remembered that we used to have a mini-tramp that my son loved to bounce on. He used it so much he wore it out. Does your daughter like the bath? My son would play with small toys in the bath (fine motor stuff) that he would never play with out of the bath - something about the water surrounding his body was calming and helped him focus.

Denise - posted on 09/27/2012

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We hadn't even thought of balloons-- but playgrounds are a definite... our yard is a postage stamp and she is an ACTIVE girl!! The only big drawback is that I'm by myself with the girls 85% of the time, if not more and playgrounds are a challenge with the 2 of them ( maybe if we were further along with her communication delay but still one of those situations where I need an extra set of hands and unfortunately we do NOT have family support around us...have been looking into effectively an "Aide" who could come out with us a few times a week for exactly that... outings to the park etc... Have you found your son is really into visual things? She seems to be all about shapes, patterns and really things like flowers etc.. loves the colours and i know her worker has mentioned this can be seen in kids with this type of sensitivity..



Thank you so much for the link-- you're right tonnes of ideas I hadn't even conceived of haha..It has been hard trying to keep in mind that her auditory sensitivty doesn't mean she needs quiet 24/7 or anything... we had a meeting with her worker today and are slowly learning more about what this means etc but all of these suggestions are a definite help!.

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