How do you identify an auditory imbalance?
- The child covers their ears, grimaces, cries or becomes irritable in the presence of loud sounds or “particular” sounds.
- The child seems to hear sounds that others do not.
- The child seems unaware of sounds even though there is no hearing loss.
- The child becomes hyperactive, agitated, or aggressive in a noisy environment. There is a notable deterioration of behavior in a noisy versus quiet environment.
- The child becomes withdrawn in a noisy environment.
- The child watches others before following directions.
- The child does not respond when their name is called.
- The child stares at you after a direction has been given.
- The presence of certain sounds appears to disorient the child and/or contribute to a loss of balance.
- The child seems to be calm and “listen well” in one-on-one situations, but not in a group.
- The child has trouble localizing sound.
- The child has difficulty discriminating speech sounds.
- The one child in class who is most likely to say, “What?” or “I didn’t hear you.”
- The child seems to “tune out” auditory information when visually or motorically engaged.
- The child is physically exhausted at the end of the day.
- The child has atypical speech and language development.
- The child talks constantly but does not answer questions or engage in conversations. They constantly do a “monologue.”
- The child has difficulty making friends and has a tendency to play alone.
Please visit our Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) page for more information
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