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Many students have “sensitive” hearing. They hear EVERYTHING, and it interferes with executive function. Do not underestimate the impact this can have on your child, even though it may be difficult to identify that they have this heightened sensitivity. Here I break down the problem a bit and give you a fantastic, inexpensive solution. This one is great for teachers as well.
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Our parents and teachers. This is me suffer stuff pro.com. I’m an executive function coach based out of Boulder Colorado and I hope starving students navigate this thing called education in in today’s video. I’m going to talk a little bit about ears and students have sensitive hearing and a really cool easy hack that you can do to help support the student. So this one is for parents, but it’s also for teachers because teachers this is really easy one and really cheap one. You can have them in your classroom. So what I want you to understand first is that we live in a very very very auditorily noisy stimulating world nowadays by the world hundred years ago 500 years ago a thousand years ago. We have never ever ever lived in a time when there is so much auditory stimulation. We used to live in a pretty quiet world. We could really tell what was going on in our environment. We’re very attuned to very subtle changes in sound in the environment so that we could be aware of what was going on in the environment. Now we are just flooded with stimulus and for a lot of For myself included in for a lot of students who struggle with executive function particularly kids who are highly sensitive. Anyhow, a lot of these kids are taking on a lot of auditory information. So everybody here is the same what you know, we’re all experiencing if you have 50 people in the room, we’re all experiencing the same auditory information in that room. But I want you to imagine this some people in that room have very good filters built into their brain or built into their ears where they’re able to filter through the things that they don’t want to attend to and they’re able to focus and concentrate and sip through and filter out the things that they do want to focus on what I want you to imagine that some of the people in that room do not have good filters. So to speak and those people have all sorts of sounds coming in and I want you to imagine the student sitting in the classroom and they’re sitting there and these noises are driving them crazy, but the problem is is it’s underneath the tip of the iceberg. If you know my Iceberg Theory, you can’t look at the child and see unless they’re covering their ears which substance would But certainly a middle or high school students not going to do that. Even if they feel it. They’re usually just going to act like everything’s okay. I was so any other problem is we can’t just look at a kitten often see that they’re struggling with this and often. They don’t even know that they’re having an experience that the different from anybody else. So they’re not able to articulate it. But either way I want you to imagine that some of the students in the classroom. You don’t have good filters. They’re taking in everything in the volume is turned up on them. So imagine that in the classroom, you you have an aquarium with a filter bubbling having a guinea pig in the other side of the room with the guinea pig scratching the gauge of the air conditioner of the building on with a Hemi of fluorescent lights with them if people stencil scratching at people whispering you have people scuffling papers, all of these sounds with your perfectly normal sounds to most kids in the classroom for certain kids in the classroom. It’s going to feel very loud very overwhelming that can interfere with our executive function meaning it can it interfere with their ability to focus. School on learning on the teacher on the things that they’re trying to focus on because there’s so many other similar vying for their attention that they’re not able to filter out. So I’ve got a great act for you. I often wear earplugs. I wear them in airports. I wear them anytime that I need to lessen the stimulation. Sometimes I’ll use noise cancelling headphones or what-have-you, but I will often use ear plugs and these ear plugs are rather large. So if you look is you supposed to lift the ear and pull back sort of and that will open the ear canal and you can push it in but if you notice that is obnoxious it’s huge. So if you wanted to give your child listen to Hey kiddos School gets a little bit too stimulating or too loud or things like that. You can use these while your kids going to be like, okay if they’re young and they don’t care if they’re like, you know a second grader. Maybe they don’t care and they actually think it’s kind of cool and whatever but if they’re middle schooler they are not Going to want to walk around with that. So what I’m going to show you is that how you can modify these little bit. So these are super inexpensive that was so refreshing to me because of it cut it muffles the sound you can still hear the teacher or what’s going on through the air. This will not interfere with being able to hear what’s going on. Well enough you can wear these two concerts. You can wear these to class you can wear them anywhere but it what I’m suggesting to use for kids who have heightened sensitivity is you take these you literally roll it up and then you cut off the top. You just cut it right off with the scissors. You take a bag you write their name on it with a sharpie and you give these to your kid and this is the top part that I have already cut off you’ll see it’s nice and flat and this is the other part that I cut off that you’re going to keep you roll it up. And this one happens to be a lighter flesh color, but you push it in and this was the first one that I use. Before a moment ago and put that one in here and I’ll let them they sort of expand in your ears. You can get a whole box of them or bag of them online or at a music store. And you never place is pretty cheaply. In fact bartenders will often have the money and if you had allowed restaurant or something, you just ask them where the wait staff if they have them but check it out. There’s the one and it’s pretty obnoxious and it’s if they’re wearing hat can get away and but there’s the other one. You can’t even see it unless I turned pretty far. You can’t even see it there. So that’s just a really simple hack again parents. All you do is you take these you take the larger one you cut off the top you throw away the bottom and you are left with a relatively invisible ear plug give your kid a couple of these throw in the backpack or teachers. You can have multiple bags of these in your classroom for kids who want them with their own name on them so that It’s sanitary and everything. Anyhow, that’s what I want to share with you today. Again, my name is Seth. What’s up, bro., If you haven’t signed up for my blog and you have a kid who struggles with executive function every Sunday. 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