Sound sensitivity is a legit problem for teens with SPD. Wonder what’s got your teen so grouchy? Maybe they’re agitated from the constant whir of the air conditioner. Or maybe the hair dryer is like nails on a chalkboard for them and their head hurts from the noise. Don’t forget, the sounds aren’t just annoying AF, for teens with SPD noises can be painful.
Be aware and help out when you can. Really, just rake the leaves. It’s good for you!
Here are the top noises that annoy Teens with SPD
- Leaf Blowers
- Hair Dryers
- Popcorn Poppers (but not once it’s popping, just the motor before it heats up)
- Woodpeckers (on tree is bad, on glass is worse)
- Dogs incessantly barking
- Babies crying
- Loud Movies (with soft dialogue)
- Fax machine
- Parent’s nagging
How to Help Teens with SPD
Earphones or headphones so that they can regulate the sound input and control what is going in there ears. Their favorite music is a lifesaver!
Sound maker, white noise, or fan to tune out unwanted noises. There are some great apps on their phones!
Noise break. Swimming is a great way to get away from noise if you have that option. Or a quiet room. Or drive somewhere, maybe even with the windows down if they like the hum of the car.
Meditation. If they can’t find a place to quiet their mind, find a mediation place near by so they can learn to find that inner peace on their own. (Not a religion, that’s personal to you and your family, I’m talking about calming the mind).
Educate yourself and them on how to help themselves! Again, I love to refer people to Lindsey Biel’s book Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens. The book is packed with ideas to help our teens with SPD.