If you’ve been searching to find autism headphones, look no further! This post should help you gain a better understanding of autism headphones to help you choose the right ones for you!
So what’s the deal with autism headphones anyway? And what’s so special about them?
Why Autism Headphones?
People use autism headphones primarily because they have auditory processing challenges. I’ve discussed a variety of these sensory challenges in another post on autism toys, which you can find here.
For individuals with autism, the main point to keep in mind is this; the noise in a particular environment is way too aversive on some level. It could be the volume level, the pitch of the noise, or even the suddenness of it. But whatever that feature is, the point is that it’s too aversive to the individual.
So what autism headphones help to do is reduce the individual’s exposure to aversive stimuli. This is important because sometimes individuals with autism will need to go to places where there are aversive noises.
For example, at some point, your child will need to visit a salon or barbershop to get their grooming needs met. In those environments, there will some level of noise that your child needs to be able to cope with. So autism headphones can help individuals to tolerate the noise in those environments.
Understanding Sensory Issues
Understanding sensory processing issues is critical. If you have a child that displays high sensitivity to certain environments, it might be worthwhile to consider whether the sounds in that environment may be a contributing factor.
If noises are a contributing factor, that might just be the reason why going to certain environments evoke problems in your child. So it’s critical for parents to know what the contributing factors are to their child’s behavior. For noises, headphones can be helpful.
But if the noise is too aversive, understand that you’ll need more than just headphones. You’ll need to consider a plan for how to get your child acclimated to that environment.
As a therapist, I know that parents of autistic children need specific guidance, especially when it comes to helping their child adjust to problem environments. Knowing the importance of preparing your child to get acclimated, I’ve prepared a resource to help guide you toward independence and social integration.
In my eBook Navigating Autism Spectrum Disorder, I cover important topics such as:
- Learning how autism affects families at different life stages.
- How to assess your child’s functioning level.
- Learn what skills you need to focus on developing to prepare your child for independence and social integration.
- Understand how independence and social skills apply to real-life contexts.
Finding Autism Headphones
So with that, here are the top 5 autism headphones. Each has a specified decibel rating, so you’ll need to check each to see which best suits your child’s needs.
Autism Spectrum Ear Defenders Headphones
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Nebula Print Headphones
Foldable Noise Reduction Headphones
Blue Noise Reduction Headphones
A.D. Daisley holds a Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida and has been working in the field as a Behavior Analyst since 2005. He has provided services to children and adults with varying diagnoses such as autism, mental retardation, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His scope of experience also includes coordinating therapy to individuals and families in conjunction with other supports including School Teachers, Adult Day Training Facility Staff (ADT’s) and Speech/Occupational therapists. He is the Director and Behavior Analyst at Alternative Outcomes since 2007. A.D is also the Director of Creátre, a non-profit organization that uses the arts for the purpose of skill training, outreach and to display community leadership.