The opposite of sensitivity to sounds is the desire to create noise by clapping or banging on objects. There are some activities that can help an ASD child fulfil their need for noise -in this section we detail on them as well as explain why this happens and how you should interpret your child's behaviour.
Carrie likes to frequently create noises by mumbling, clapping or banging on certain objects.
Why does this happen?
Making excessive noise can indicate auditory sensory-seeking tendencies. Usually children with a hyposensitive auditory system are unable to register sound until they have additional input. (In this case, the sound needs to be louder before Carrie will register it.) Therefore, Carrie could be seeking excessive auditory input to permit registration of the sound.
What can I do?
- Group singing will allow for her to make noises to satisfy her sensory needs and encourage her to sing rather than bang objects to make noise.
- Specify when it is quiet time – (e.g., reading or resting)