Auditory Sensory Issues in Autism 

May 8, 2023

If your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), you may notice that they have trouble with sounds. Some sounds may bother them too much, while others they may not even hear! 

This can make it hard for your child to communicate, learn, and carry out regular activities.

These auditory challenges are an indication of auditory processing disorder. It’s important to be aware of these auditory sensory issues so you can help your child manage them effectively.

Keep reading to learn more about the unique challenges that children with autism face when they have heightened sensitivity to sound. 

  • Over-Responsiveness

Children with over-responsiveness to sound (hypersensitivity) can experience extreme reactions to certain noises, like loud sounds, sirens, or even everyday noises like vacuum cleaners. These sensory issues in kids with autism can be painful or distressing, which can make it difficult for children to carry out everyday activities such as going to school or socializing with peers without auditory sensory issues getting in the way. 

  • Under-Responsiveness 

Under-responsiveness (hyposensitivity) sensory issues in kids with autism is an auditory sensory issue where children may not notice or respond to sounds that others can hear. Hyposenstivie auditory processing disorder symptoms can not only be frustrating for children with ASD, but even be dangerous in certain situations. 

  • Learning & Concentration

Auditory sensory issues, like sensitivity to sound, can affect a child’s ability to learn and concentrate in a noisy classroom setting. They may struggle to filter out distracting sounds which can make it hard to focus on what the teacher is saying. 

As you can see, auditory sensory issues in kids with autism can greatly impact a child’s life. But auditory processing disorder can be successfully managed through ABA therapy! 

By teaching children effective coping strategies, ABA therapy can be a helpful tool in addressing auditory sensory issues which can help to decrease a child’s sensitivity to sound and increase a child’s overall quality of life. 

If your child is struggling with either hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity auditory sensory issues our team of skilled ABA therapists is here to help! 

At Step Forward ABA we curate customized ABA therapy plans and implement effective strategies to address sensory issues in kids with ASD. Providing in-home, in-school, and center based ABA therapy services throughout Florida, New Mexico, and North Carolina, we work one-on-one with your child so he/she can relate more positively to their environment in spite of sensory sensitivities. Contact us today to learn more about ABA therapy solutions for your child! 

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