Can’t focus? Can’t concentrate?
It’s sometimes hard to tune out the sounds around you.
-A chair scrapping on the floor.
-Car horn blowing outside.
-Classmates reading in another part of the classroom.
-Singing from the music class next door.
With all that racket, how am I suppose to concentrate and learn!
If your child has difficulty tuning in to you or his/her teacher, we can help!
We call this type of sensory processing disorder (SPD) a figure ground issue. You can’t concentrate on what’s relevant right now, because everything seems important!
Some children show signs of ADD or ADHD trying to keep up with all the incoming stimuli, while others become very quiet and shut down or tune out everything!
Sometimes it’s just a listening issue, but more times other sensory systems also have the same problem. Vision, touch, motion, smell, taste can all be involved. These child can be distractible, picky eaters, bothered by textures, seams and fit of clothes and hard to hug!
The sensory processing system has “gates and filters”.
The job of the “gates” is to control how much stimuli gets through, so that you are not overwhelmed with the amount of stimuli you have to process.
The job of the “filter” is to be the “traffic police” of sensory processing. The filter recognizes what is important for processing right now and let’s it pass through.
The fire alarm ringing is more important then the pencil sharpener.
But when you are trying to attend to a math lesson, numbers are more important then organizing your desk. Filters help us with priorities.
At Listen For Change we use occupational therapy emphasizing sensory integration in order to help the “gates and filters” to work together efficiently. Part of this work will involve the use of filtered and controlled music, the Tomatis® Method.
So if your child is having trouble listening and learning, we would like to help!
The result? More efficient sensory processing. Better ability to attend and listen.