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How can I help him with auditory distractions?

My son has auditory processing issues, and he is really distracted but simple noises. For example, if a child sneezes in class or if people walk by outside and they are talking.

Is there any way to improve auditory distractibility? I don't mean wearing headphones or ear plugs to block out the noise. I'm looking for a way to improve his auditory function so he's not so distracted. Are there therapies that do that?

  • Replied by sam-macon Friday, February 22 2013, 02:58 AM·Hide·#1
    My son has auditory processing issues to.He gets easily distracted as well.I have tried to get the school to understand that he is easily distracted but it seems hopeless.As I am a single mother of 4 I find it hard to get him to stay focused even when we are learning at home as he gets distracted by the noise of my other children.I have started playing mozart at night while he's going to sleep.He finds that very calming and he seems less aggitated by noises in the day.I have done alot of research and spoke to other parents with children like my son and they agree that mozart has certain frequencies that stimulate certain brain functions.Also drinking plenty of water,probiotics and fish oil and a multi vitamin are great for children with any neurological issues and I have seen my son benefit.I hope that helps a little.It can be very frustrating to find the right answer:)
    1 vote by Mom2Boys
  • Replied by Shielson Sunday, February 24 2013, 08:40 AM·Hide·#2
    My family has used the Johannsen programme for this. You can find access to this through the Neuron Learning website. Consultants across UK can be found on the siite.
    It meant your child devoting 10 minutes every day to listening to specialised tapes. It worked for my grandson who had significant hearing and auditory processing difficulties caused by glue ear in early infancy through to starting school.
    I would recommend this as a sensible starter - to have a proper assessment from a specialist who is looking at the educational impact of childrens' difficulties.
    1 vote by Mom2Boys
    Replied by Mom2Boyson Sunday, February 24 2013, 11:36 AM·Hide·#3
    Thank you so much for your replies!

    Sam, I really appreciate your input. My son already is on the fish oils, probiotics and vitamin supplements, and we have seen a difference in his processing and attention. Somebody recently told me that magnesium dampens the auditory cortex, so we are going to increase his magnesium and see if that makes a difference. I will for sure try the Mozart too. He loves classical music.

    Shielson, I have not heard of the Johannsen program. I looked it up and it appears to be a listening therapy. I'm in the USA though, and I can't find anybody here that provides it. My son has done 3 listening therapies, all of which have helped with one thing or another. He did AIT which helped a lot with noise sensitivity. Perhaps if he did it again it would help with this auditory distraction. I will have to look into it.
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