While every child or adult affected by Autism is different, there are ways to help them with such sensitivities as sound. Although, there is no scientifically proven way to get a person used to the noises, there are ways to help lessen the negative effects that loud noises have, including that of a barking dog.
Adapting the following tips to your lifestyle can help with sensory processing disorder or hypersensitivity to sounds. Remember that everyone’s sensitivity levels differ, so be sure to try out different noise canceling tips when searching for the help that you need. These tips are not in any specific order and can be used as you see fit.
Help Your Autistic Loved One Get Used to Your Dog’s Barking
- Consult with a Hearing Clinic–many hearing clinics can offer individuals therapy with special hearing aids, programmed specifically to many one’s sounds sensitivity. You can also inquire about soft noise generator that is worn while a person is awake.
- Noise Cancelling Headphones–many brands of noise canceling headphones are available to be purchased either online or in store. Though frequent usage of headphones can cause some individuals to become dependent on them, explore your options first.
- Ear plugs–be sure to try different styles to see which one works the best for your situation. Some are made of wax while others are made of foam.
- Sound Masking–noises that are affecting someone can be lessened with the sound of constant noise in the background like a TV, or radio quietly. Also, relaxation tapes that contain soothing noises or sounds.
- Allowing Distractions–many times implements such as iPads, GameBoys, computers, and the like can be used to distract the affected person from the noise that is bothering them.
- Create A Safe Place–it’s is best to have an area of the home that can be considered a safe place, no noise, no distractions, simply a quiet, calming place that the person can go when they feel overwhelmed by noises.
Another thing to consider that may help is showing them that dogs are good therapy for persons suffering from Autism. For instance, when a person is bothered by many different noises and becomes fearful or scared, some dogs can help to comfort them by just being nearby as they provide a calming feeling for most people. Also consider showing videos of dogs barking and playing, as it is a frequent occurrence. Experts have suggested that moderate exposure to the elements that are the most disturbing to an autistic person, can help them to become more comfortable with the element.
As mentioned before there is no tried and true way to get someone used to noises that they are affected by. There isn’t much chance of finding or owning a dog that doesn’t bark sometimes, it is what they do. They can be trained to bark at certain things only, but that’s if you have the time and patience to do it. Until then, using various techniques to help them cope with the discomfort of the noise, can be very helpful and satisfying.
Do you have any experience with helping your autistic loved one get used to dog barking? Share your tips below.