Auditory Autism! This is a syndrome found in some children with developmental or neurological imbalance, the syndrome has been revealed to be the impairment of sound and speech. This invariably has a negative influence on a child’s social skills, communication, and interaction with others.
This is also known as central auditory processing disorder, it is a hearing impairment that occurs when the brain does not recognize and interpret sounds accurately especially when the sound is centered on speech due to their inability to decode slight differences between sounds in words no matter how loud it is.
Below are the crafts or activities that can be performed to aid children with an auditory processing disorder.
Focus and Learn
Paying attention plays a very important role in learning new things. The same is the case with ASD. The activities that help the child to focus and on particular sounds are very beneficial for kids with auditory ASD. Given below are some fun activities that will surely have a positive effect:
Attention To Sound (Pick A Car’s Sound)
Many potential sounds can be heard in our environment, it is therefore expected that the dedicated space either a classroom or your home is closer to where moving cars can be heard or rather have a recorded tape that will be played to the hearing of the child.
Get the child ready and attentive, get a car toy for, and play with the sound repeatedly while you indicate that it was the representation of the object in his hand that is making the sound.
By the time he listens to the sound repeatedly, packs other toys such as a car toy with him, horse, spoons, etc., and plays the sound again asking the child to select the one with the pattern of sound being played. Having heard the different sounds the child selects the car toy. Then he is responding well to the Auditory Autism treatment.
Children generally love interactive and entertaining activities and this gets them relaxed when they come across such. There are items capable of producing entertaining sound when packed in a small container like a bag or can such as rice, stones, beads, sand.
Here, get the children to see the content before packing in the container, get them well covered. Let them identify the contents by shaking and listening to the different sounds they produce. By the time a can of stones makes a disturbing noise over and over again, its sound would be recognized. This is a perfect activity for kids to deal with Auditory ASD.
What barks? The answer is widely known.
Dogs are owned as pets in different homes and some dogs are majorly for security purposes, while this animal can’t be disassociated from humans it would be better for the sake of knowledge and safety to teach an autistic child early, the sound of a barking dog.
How do you do this?
Have an audio recorded tape of a barking dog, play it for the child repeatedly without the interruption or influence of a variant sound. After which you watch a video clip of animals making sounds while the child tries to retain to memory how the other animals sound. Then get him to identify a dog and the sound it produces distinctly from the video, however, will enable the child to associate the sound to the animal even when not viewing the video. In a natural setting, the child will be able to pick different patterns of sounds in the environment distinctively.
This refers to words that begin with the letter ‘T’ such as “tame, tail, tall, tom, time, etc.” These are words with different meanings and pronunciation which kids with Auditory disorder might find difficult to hear clearly or have the ability to differentiate.
It is therefore recommended that a guide, either a teacher or parent, should make an effort to pronounce these words more slowly. Emphasize and stress it accurately and repeatedly while they still maintain their meanings.
Have them sit comfortably and attentively, show them the letters, and for recognition, pronounce the words and its letter. Repeat it over and over again until it sticks to their brain.
To produce a chime wind sound with this, take from six to seven spoons and an old candle holder, a clip, and a fishing line. Now, tie and wrap the spoons with the fishing line to hang the spoons around the candle holder which is already turned upside down. Then you have to tie the line around the candle holder’s feet to pull them together and a knot.
Have the children follow through and participate in the Auditory Autism activity with you while you give them time to patiently repeat theirs.
The movement of the spoons as they hit on one another makes a distinctive sound to the hearing of the children. They thereby learned another sound pattern.
Games and Fun
Having Fun is also the most important part of learning and improving. And for kids, what could be more fun than games? So here are some games and activities to help kids with Auditory Autism enjoy and have fun to the fullest:
Hide And Seek.
Hide and seek is one of the most beloved games among the kids. To help the kids with Auditory Autism, the kids who are hiding will make certain noises. The child finding them will have to focus on sounds and use his exploration skills to track down each one of them.
Blow A Whistle.
This could be done within your compound or provided it is a secured environment. It is similar to hide and seek, you blow a whistle and the child traces the location where the sound of the whistle originates from.
With the successful discovery of where the sound came from, what the sound represents, and the identification of the object to make the sound. The child retains the knowledge and will easily call a whistle its name by the time he experiences such again.
Kids with Auditory Autism disorder should definitely check this one out. This is an electronic game in which colors with buttons will light up and make different sound patterns. You and the child have to be attentive to the sound that is being produced, so that the moment the game goes through a pattern, you must remember the buttons to press to complete the same pattern.
Being able to understand a joyful lyrical sound too is a great thing,
Set up an instrument in a spacious environment where there is proper ventilation and get instruments and lyrical records to play. The merry each child is making with a relaxed mind will help him to understand musical sounds from random ones.
A large group of children is not required, but it is helpful to have some numbers of children to get involved in the game. There is a need to provide fewer chairs than the number of players. While playing music, the players dance or walk around the chairs in a circular form with each of them hoping to occupy a chair when the music stops. Any player who is unable to secure a chair is out. This, however, is an effective activity in responding to auditory changes.
Enjoy and relax
Relaxing activities play a vital role in the lives of children with Auditory Autism. The daily life of a child is filled with a lot of pressure from school and society. It’s always a good idea to just chill out for some time:
Clap Out Sound.
This happens when you make a pattern of sound with your palms when you clap them out. Here, you clap repeatedly till the child recognizes the sound pattern and can identify it over time. It is a very simple activity and perfect to aid kids with Auditory Autism.
Play A Song And Memorize The Lyrics.
Together with your child, listen to a song attentively and learn the lyrics, give your child a different song to listen to repeatedly to get very familiar with it until the child memorizes the whole lyrics and can sing the entire song.
Make use of two different objects like a plastic cup and a book. Tap these objects on a table to get different sounds, each of the sounds is unique to the item involved. This is another method of learning variation in sounds.
Some Autistic children are unable to identify low pitch sounds. This craft will be useful for them, it is about making a DIY ring, a child can find his/herself adaptive to this and thereby pay attention to the low pitch sound it produces.
Get engaging with your child, reading a familiar text aloud and changing the words. The child is asked to interrupt you when she notices a mistake. It could be that you are changing the grammar, sound, and meaning, or you swap the word order like; twinkle twinkle little dog…
The child interrupts that you made a mistake and this continues to improve his auditory processing.