Most of the children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) also suffer from auditory sensory processing disorders. In the post, we are sharing Auditory Sensory Activities For Kids.
As a parent, you may wonder why your child is unable to tolerate even soft sounds and often closes her ears, this may be due to hearing sensitivity. Let me look at the common signs below.
The following strategies are appropriate for most students, particularly those with sensory problems. Each strategy can be adapted to complement the students’ curriculum and individualized education plan.
Autistic adolescents often go through:
- Poor self-esteem
- Changing hormones
- Emotional sensitivity
- A desire to ‘fit in’ and be independent
Teachers should encourage teenagers with autism:
Attend a wide variety of activities, clubs, and hobbies.
Speak positively of sensory issues, e.g. Are there jobs or roles that would benefit from a greater sense of hearing ability? What other strengths does this student have and how can they be best used?
Choose their own sensory strategies in partnership with a teacher/parent.
Assists with anxiety management and emotional regulation techniques.
The following are examples of sensory strategies that can be integrated into a variety of classroom lessons and activities.
Auditory Sensory Activities For Kids
Let’s have a look at some auditory processing disorder activities:
Rhythm & Beat
Using rhythm by substituting your own words for that of a familiar air may help to attract attention and make memory easier (for example this works particularly well for Learning Time tables and spelling)
Clapping or using percussion instruments during the lesson, which can help to grab attention.
Examples of activities are as follows:
- Poetry recitals
Play roles or pretend to be a character in history, help reinforce information, and further develop hearing skills.
The practice of speeches and the timing of the conversation with other students promotes social development and allows the student to experience the volume of the voice and the rhythm of the speech.
Drama can help enhance memory, learning, and revision skills as it often involve writing a script, reading the script, repeating the script aloud.
The theatre could be executed using puppets.
Attention Autism activities promote attention with controlled and visually stimulating hearing activities (link to autism attention)
Get the students’ attention before speaking, which can be achieved through a physical message, e.g. Tapping the hand, getting the class to stand up; a hearing message, e.g. a favorite sound, singing instructions; a visual invite, e.g. pointing to a visual which means “listen”.
When instructing and providing information, it is helpful to:
- Reduce auditory distractions, such as The other students are talking.
- Simplify language
- Repeat sentence
- Ask students to repeat the phrase to ensure they understand.
- Give students time to answer the questions (do not interrupt or rush to complete the silence).
Storytelling can be a great way to encourage hearing (link to storytelling seminar). Storytelling methods can encourage attention, listening, taking turns, and being able to memorize:
- Use the tempo to tell the story.
- Have students repeat the sections/words in the story.
- Use the movement to tell the story and encourage students to follow your steps.
- Use your voice (amplify certain sections and murmur others according to the story)
- Class and group narration exercise.
- Games and activities to speak and hear.
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