View Full Version : using headphones on a child with autism

02-01-2012, 05:40 PM
My G has a very hard time sitting through a hour church service, he is fine as long as there's music playing, once it gets quiet, he starts making vocal stimming noises, throat gurgling,etc. My friend with a few sn kids suggested bringing headphones along,and maybe playing lullabyes or calming music (ocean or whatever) with headphones on him during the sermon. It's something I've never considered,but now that I think of it, there was an autistic boy at my son's previous school that always walked around with headphones (maybe to muffle auditory stimulus?)
But my son's head is very small, and I'm not even sure he would keep them on, they would probably need to be the larger , padded kind.

I'm looking for suggestions, ideas,etc. Is this even a good idea? Is there a certain type of headphones that work best for a child with sensory issues?

Alice R
02-01-2012, 08:08 PM
I think it's a good idea for many reasons:

He is sitting, a major goal for him.

He is doing something nice and educational or soothing...

He is participating to the best of his ability in a family thing

You get to go to church and have him near you.

Fisher Price makes pretty tough headphones. They are like $20.

No personal experience here but I don't know how it could be bad?

02-01-2012, 08:26 PM
I didn't realize fisher price made some,I will definitely check into that!